SPACE TO LEARN AND GROW
April Hill has a direct connection to the Appalachian Trail giving Greenagers the opportunity to interact with the trail and its diverse users. At April Hill we will welcome hikers, help them refresh their supplies, find rides to town, and listen to stories of the 2,000 mile trek. With a home like April Hill, Greenagers crews will have space to maintain tools and learn new techniques at workshops.
Greenagers is developing site-specific curricula for April Hill to augment our current middle school programs for local and, more broadly, regional schools in the tri-state area including Columbia County (NY) and Litchfield County (CT). With 100 acres of diverse habitat, Greenagers welcomes rural, suburban, and urban youth to hands-on activities and service projects to foster deeper connections with our environment.
TRAINING FOR FUTURE FARMERS
With 50 acres under Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR), April Hill must continue in productive agriculture. These 50 acres have become the next training ground for future farmers. Curricular connections with local schools and higher education will strengthen an already-thriving agricultural community.
CONNECTING HISTORY TO A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
The 4-acre headquarters at April Hill is under a permanent Historic Preservation Restriction (HPR). Greenagers is partnering with local and state historical organizations to provide interpretation and increased public access to the 1744 house and accompanying barns. The care and stewardship of an historic property offers a unique opportunity for area youth to glean lessons of the past as they develop ideas for a sustainable future.
With 100 acres of this 18th century farmstead to explore, learn, cultivate, and steward, April Hill will be a regional center for education and practical application of ecological and sustainable agricultural practices, targeted to youth and young adults.