“Go on a farm tour and don't forget to grab some delicious organic produce before you leave.”
Notes from Apple Pond Farm: Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Education Center is about two hours from New York City, situated in the Catskill Mountains of Sullivan County. Apple Pond Farm is an 80-acre organic farm that grows fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, chickens, turkeys, sheep and goats for wool, meat and eggs. The on-site Renewable Energy Education Center consists of a 120’ tower and 10kw wind turbine, 12.5 kw of solar electric, 64 solar thermal tubes, air source heat pumps, a straw bale building, used vegetable oil truck and furnace, LED lighting and other energy savings measures, which provide nearly 100% of our energy needs. The land of Apple Pond Farm was first farmed in 1865. After 100 years of dairy farming, the land and buildings were deserted, and a period of major deterioration took place. In 1973, Sonja Hedlund and Dick Riseling purchased 80 acres and began restoring the land and the buildings to good health. Besides growing and raising food, the farm's purpose has always provided educational programs. Their farm tours educate the general public about the great ecological challenges of our time, provide opportunities to deepen appreciation of our kinship with the animals and to be inspired by the beauty and productivity of the land.