We have been working along as best we can during this ever-changing and difficult time. Our thoughts are with our non-profit colleagues in emergency services and front-line social services. The needs are great and it is heartening to see the Herculean efforts employed by the community at-large.
Our staff continues to work from home and we still encourage youth that hope to work with us to send in their applications. Our date for confirming hiring will be fluid as we follow guidelines from state and federal authorities. At this time, it will not be sooner than April 27.
We continue to get some work accomplished at April Hill Farm. Agriculture is an essential sector and our new fruit and nut trees, shrubs and seeds need to be planted and stewarded. The products of these labors will be more food for our community, direct to those who need it most. If you would like to help provide more food security for our community, visit the Front Lawn Food page of our website. A donated bed could go a long way toward restoring a family’s resilience. When we do begin to peek around the corner of this crisis, the need for gardens, local food, and trails will be stronger than ever. We are eager to meet this need and community efforts to create these opportunities will be one of the many forms of COVID catharsis. Working outdoors will be one of the first, and safest, modes of reconnecting.
Wishing you safety and wellness and looking forward to seeing you in the garden or on the trail.
It’s the end of the year, time for a deep breath, time for reflection. What if, for this new year, you could inspire a teen?
We often have such lofty goals toward environmental awareness and activism, civic duty and wholesome community. But not one of these is possible without the first breath of inspiration. It might be the wonder of first spotting a kestrel or hearing the vernal wood frog. Perhaps the first time a crew member stacks stone upon stone for an Appalachian Trail staircase sparks new confidence and self-esteem. Or it could be meeting a new friend during the course of shared work. These are the moments that inspire, that set a course for future success.
Chesterwood has been a longtime partner of Greenagers. For the past three years, Greenagers kids rebuilt and stabilized Daniel Chester French’s Ledges Trail. They hewed from the rocks a path for visitors to access one of French’s favorite spots for reflection, looking at the northern tip of Monument Mountain to the south, the Taconic Range to the west. Each crew then gets to tour French’s studio and see that they are continuing the work of the man who sculpted Abraham Lincoln. What do the kids report first upon coming back? They say, “I didn’t even know Chesterwood was there.”
Your support of Greenagers makes these moments happen. Your gifts get them “there”, to that first point of contact, learning, and adventure.
If we, with your gift, can keep inspiring our kids, they’ll be alright. With any luck, they will give us a little new breath as we head into winter, storing up our energies for spring and beyond.
Community Farm Manager for Bard College at Simon’s Rock and April Hill Conservation and Education Center.
Greenagers and Simon’s Rock seek a motivated, skilled, and enthusiastic farmer to manage two small educational farms and work with students in all aspects of running these agricultural ventures. This is a full-time, year-round position. Continue reading “Now Hiring: Farm Manager”→
We are looking for a high-energy, mature self-starter who can serve as our Business Manager. We seek an individual with exceptional communication and problem-solving skills to ensure a smooth operation in the delivery of our mission. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Business Manager will oversee all administrative office functions as well as financial responsibilities and board communications and recordkeeping. Continue reading “Now Hiring: Business Manager”→
Jen Salinetti, of Woven Roots Farm, will lead a 6-week farm and food education series for youth aged 14-24. Workshops will be held here at April Hill every Wednesday from July 10th to August 14th, from 6-8 p.m. The workshops are free; we require all participants to commit to the full six-week program.
Each week will focus on curriculum, including hands-on activities, team building and constructive dialogue.
Topics to include: shared values; food and energy; exploration of food systems; food literacy; sustainability and stewardship; and our food story.
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