Food Workshops at Hilltop Hanover Farm Summer 2014

hilltop-farmstandHilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is a working crop farm and environmental education facility in Yorktown Heights. Formerly a dairy farm, and with roots dating back to the 1600s, it now serves as a regional educational hub, offering programs on healthy and sustainable food production, skills for small-scale suburban and urban farmers, and sustainable living practices for local communities. The farm features demonstration models for backyard farming, animal management, rainwater harvesting, organic composting and green-roof technology.

The farm is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and hosts a U Pick program Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The regular farm stand is open Fridays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All its produce, which is grown on site, is free of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers. A list of the crops available at the farm stand and through the U Pick program is online at HilltopHanoverFarm.org

The farm offers an array of workshops throughout the summer, including “Preserving the Harvest: Pickling” (July 7 at 1 p.m.); “Couples Cooking” (July 18 at 7 p.m.); “Cheese Making” (July 26 at 1 p.m.); “Pests and Disease in the Garden” (July 26 at 2 p.m.); “Planning the Fall Garden” (August 2 at 2 p.m.); “Preserving the Harvest: Canning” (August 9 at 9 a.m.); “Couples Cooking” (August 15 at 7 p.m.); “Cheese Making” (August 23 at 1 p.m.); “Seed Saving” (August 30 at 10 a.m.); and “Fermented Foods” (August 30 at 1 p.m.). Workshop fees vary depending upon the activity.

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is located at 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights, NY. For info about upcoming events, workshops or other activities, visit HilltopHanoverFarm.org.