New Pond Farm: A Connecticut Dairy Farm of Distinction

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Summer 2007 Vol. 25 No. 2

Director’s Update Dear Friends,

New Pond Farm: A Connecticut Dairy Farm of Distinction


ongratulations to Farm Manager Chris Casiello, Assistant Farm Manager Travis Bennett and their wonderful team. On June 29th Commissioner Prelli from the Department of Agriculture and members of the Connecticut Farm Beautification Program presented New Pond with the Connecticut Dairy Farm of Distinction award. This is such an honor and it recognizes the years of dedication and professionalism exhibited by Chris and the staff. The award is part of the dairy industry’s celebration of June is Dairy Month and the Connecticut Farm Beautification Program which pays tribute to attractive farmsteads where high-quality milk is produced. The program is in its 22nd year honoring dairy farmers in Connecticut. To qualify, the farms must pass all state inspections and meet all milk quality requirements during the previous year. The goal of the committee is to recognize outstanding dairy farmers and promote the dairy industry. The Connecticut Farm Beautification Program is a non-profit organization made of Department of Agriculture staff and representatives from the Connecticut dairy industry. Farms are nominated in the Spring and evaluated on their attractiveness by a judging team. New Pond was the only farm to qualify for the award this year, and it is interesting to note that there weren’t any farms that qualified for the award in 2005 and 2006 – so we are particularly proud to have met all of their strict standards! ■

Page 2 . First Selectman’s Proclamation, New Pond Farm Joins Pilot Farmstead Cheese Program, With Thanks To..., Wish List Page 3 . On Longtime Members, Capital Campaign Update Page 4 . A Time to Grow, a Time to Change, The Space Between Page 5 . Juan's Letter, Two Grants, the Perseid Meteor Showers Page 6 . Get Down to Earth, Middle School 6th Graders Head Outdoors Page 7 . First NPF Art Show, Annual Golf Outing, Tile Wall Project Page 8 . Watershed Streamwalk Program, Third Annual Harvest Dinner Page 9 . Introducing Bernard, Membership

This issue of Down to Earth is brimming with news of the many wonderful things that have been happening at New Pond Farm. In June we were presented with the Connecticut Dairy Farm of Distinction Award. We had a lovely celebration – Commissioner Prelli from the Dept. of Agriculture read a congratulatory statement from Governor Jodi Rell, and Redding’s First Selectman Natalie Ketcham shared her own proclamation. We are thrilled with this honor and congratulate Farm Manager Chris Casiello and his team. We have also been the recipients of several fantastic grants. Two of these will enhance our astronomy programs, another significant grant will allow us to improve our composting techniques in the future, and still other gifts will support our summer camp. In addition to all of this great news our camp is going beautifully, Summer Shakespeare has been a huge success as our 16 middle school actors amazed our audiences with their professional performances of As You Like It, the vegetable gardens are brimming with summer’s bounty, and our pastures are filled with calves, lambs and piglets. Looking ahead to August and September we will be hosting our Annual Harvest Dinner with renowned chef Michel Nischan, we hope that you will join us for delicious farm fare. We will also be showcasing beautiful artwork created by more than 50 local artists all relating to the farm. August also brings the Perseid Meteor Shower with great viewing out on Astronomy Hill, and in September we will hold our fourth annual Golf Outing. We look forward to seeing you! Please read on for more details. With warm regards, Ann Taylor, Executive Director

Down to Earth Issued Seasonally by New Pond Farm Redding, Connecticut — FOUNDERS Carmen Mathews Sally Trippe BOARD OF DIRECTORS Sharon Coates President Mary Anne Guitar First Vice President Peg O'Donnell Treasurer Jill Kotch Secretary Sam Crocker Jim Demaree Sue Dorenbosch J