What you'll do
Guests will gather in our English garden overlooking the pond and wooded wetlands. Hot local cider and organic snacks will be served around the fire pit while we get acquainted. We'll start our tour walking through the garden, which will be getting ready for it's winter rest. As we approach the hen house we'll see the birds through the glass door - anxious to come outside and make a hurried dash to scratch in the leaves and take dirt baths. While we observe them we'll learn about the many breeds of chickens in our flock, their unique appearance and temperaments. Pecking order will be observed and poultry life-cycles discussed while we enjoy watching them romp, mate, eat and play (not necessarily in that order). You will be invited in to the hen-house where you'll see where they roost, sleep, what they drink, eat and where the hens lay their eggs, which we will collect. Then we'll escort the chickens to their outdoor enclosure where they can enjoy the remainder of the day. After we say goodbye to our new feathered friends we'll return to the fire pit to warm up, toast some marshmallows and take a few more deep inhales of the fresh country Autumn air. The Pound Ridge Organics Farm Market will open for an exclusive opportunity to taste, shop and get some local organic and artisan products to bring home as souvenirs of your experience on our farm. We can't wait for your visit!
Passionate about raising the standards for farm animals, my work focuses on the humane treatment of poultry. I have a particular interest in preserving heritage and landrace breeds of chickens, those that still possess natural behaviors and characteristics (flying, foraging etc). A large portion of my flock includes 'Icelandic chickens', of which there are only 5K remaining in the world. Often referred to as 'The Chicken Whisperer' I'm closely connected to my birds, with an innate understanding of their needs. In addition to the education that occurs on my farm, I also present at agricultural and environmental conferences in the US and abroad. As chairman of the regional chapter of Slow Food, I incorporate the values of 'Good Clean and Fair' in all that I do on my farm, in my teaching kitchen and in my market.
In partnership with Slow Food
This experience is crafted in accordance with the principles of Slow Food, ensuring that it is delicious, socially responsible and ecologically sustainable.
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions and counteract the rise of fast food culture. Since its founding, it has grown into a global movement working to ensure that everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. Your contribution, in addition to supporting the host, will help Slow Food to implement projects worldwide to empower local communities, promote artisan farmers and producers, and support school gardens and education projects.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Slow Food.
Hot spiced cider • organic snacks • marshmallows/smores and tastings of specialty foods in the farm market.
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Where you'll be
Pound Ridge with only 2,500 full time residents, and an equal amount of weekenders, is home to the largest park in Westchester, The Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, boasting 4,700 acres of natural wilderness. Scotts Corners, where Pound Ridge Organics is situated, is the smallest hamlet in the county. This historic, quiet but 'hip' town (that has never seen a traffic light) has been a haven for artists, musicians, writers & celebrities for decades.
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend. The environment is rustic and woodsy - casual weather appropriate attire is strongly recommended. We will reschedule if weather is poor.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
No dogs allowed on the farm • Please be chill and soft spoken around the birds • Children are welcome and appreciated - but must be supervised at all times • The roosters mate with the hens all day -- please let me know how you would like that explained to your children.
Slow Food-Pound Ridge Organics Farm Tour