Spotlight On: The Queens County Farm Museum

Recently I took a little field trip waaay out to the Queens County Farm Museum to see about a possible garden apprenticeship. As much as digging down in the dirt 5 days a week sounds like heaven, I don’t think I can swing a 2 hour commute twice a day. Regardless, I’m glad I got the chance to check out the 47-acre, 300+ year old working farm, and not just because Michael, the director of agriculture, was pretty much the rustic version of what a husband looks like. Here’s a little more info about the Farm (photo below from 1927):

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“The Queens County Farm Museum dates back to 1697; it occupies New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland, and is the only working historical farm in the city. The farm encompasses a 47-acre parcel that is the longest continuously farmed site in New York State. The site includes historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard, and an herb garden.

The mission of the Queens County Farm Museum is to preserve, restore, and interpret the site. Through educational programs, events, and museum services, we educate the public as to the significance of Queens County’s agricultural and horticultural past and heighten awareness of present-day agricultural and horticultural practices.”

Here’s what the farm looks like today:

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Granted, these photos are taken during peak season, so I say wait a couple months and take a trip out to the Queens Farm to enjoy a day in the country. They also host fun get-togethers, like antique car shows (you know I’ll be there!), and Native American pow-wows – check out the events page to stay informed. The website also has a fascinating time line of the owners since 1697, if you want to learn more. Support sustainable agriculture!

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