Stone Barns Center To Enhance Visitor Experience

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Stone BarnsRobust programming and ticketed weekend access will deepen understanding of food and farming at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills. Beginning Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture will be making changes to improve how visitors experience the farm. Visitors will need tickets for entry on Saturdays and Sundays. Entrance to the farm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays will remain free to the public and will not require tickets.

Since Stone Barns opened in 2004, there has been a rising tide of interest in food and farming issues across the country. The original plans for the nonprofit farm and education center envisioned visitors numbering in the dozens on an average weekend day; however, the Center has seen more than 150,000 visitors in each of the past several years. By hosting a finite number of visitors on weekends, Stone Barns Center aims to deepen visitors’ connections to resilient farming and farm-driven cuisine.

New weekend offerings will be included in the ticket price, and will include expanded interpretation and the opportunity to get more intimately involved in the workings of the farm and to talk to our farmers. Weekend visitors can expect to encounter more experts and docents in the gardens, fields, greenhouse and pastures around the farm, and will be able to engage in hands-on activities like harvesting, egg collecting and tasting food fresh from the farm.

Weekend ticket prices will be $20/adult and $10/child. Tickets went on sale mid-April and can be purchased up to 60 days in advance at stonebarnscenter.org. A limited number of free tickets will also be available through the Westchester County Library System.

To help bring farm-fresh food to all visitors, an expanded selection of Stone Barns produce, meat and eggs will be available in the Farm Store, in lieu of Sunday Farm Markets. (Farm Store hours will remain Wednesday – Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm)

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a nonprofit farm and education center located 25 miles north of Manhattan in Pocantico Hills, N.Y. Stone Barns operates an 80-acre four-season farm and is working on broader initiatives to create a healthy and resilient food system. Through its Growing Farmers Initiative, children’s education and public awareness programs, and experiments to improve sustainable farming practices, Stone Barns aims to change the way America eats and farms. To learn more, visit stonebarnscenter.org or facebook.com/stonebarns.Stone Barns

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