School Farm Expansion Project

Manhattan Country School (MCS) has operated a farm-education program since 1967 and seeks support to restore its newly acquired Lower Meeker Hollow (LMH) Farm site in Roxbury, NY, as a working farm suitable for education and community engagement. Purchased by alumni and leased to the school for a 5-year term with purchase option, LMH is adjacent to MCS current farm site; MCS will integrate LMH both sites for programming. Initial work involved clearing overgrown pastures/meadows, strategically clearing trees to open view sheds and reduce competition with fruit trees, adding organic nutrients to the soil, and developing garden and orchard plans. Through this project, MCS will construct a large addition to the existing farmhouse, including a learning kitchen, dining room, five student bedrooms, an intern suite, covered outdoor spaces, and a textile studio, as well as complete restoration and repair of the existing barn. Spaces are multi-use, accommodating student and adult education/training. The addition will use passive solar gain for heating, gather natural light, blend with the natural environment, and be constructed of materials that ensure a small carbon footprint
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Empire State Development Grant Funds
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Manhattan Country School
Southern Tier
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