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Queens County Farm Museum Brings Sustainable Agriculture To NYC

Want to get away from the hustle and bustle without leaving town? Take a trip to the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park, NY. Far from the skyscrapers of Manhattan, it sits on NYC’s largest remaining strip of farmland. Visitors of all ages can get a taste of country without leaving the city.

Historic Adriance Farm House (Photo Credit: queensfarm.org)

Historic Adriance Farm House (Photo Credit: queensfarm.org)

The 47-acre farm offers a fun and educational experience for the whole family giving urban dwellers an inside look into how food travels from the field to the table. You’ll enjoy an afternoon of exploring:

  • Historic farm buildings
  • A greenhouse complex
  • Livestock
  • Farm vehicles
  • Planting fields
  • Honey bee hives
  • An orchard, herb garden, and a vineyard

The museum is open daily, year round, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, except for public events, with free tours of the historic Adriance Farmhouse offered on Saturday and Sunday.

Yet the Queens County Farm Museum is more than a piece of New York history. The fully-operational farm still sells agricultural products throughout the city. Although its main selling location is the greenhouse gift shop, you’ll find a representative at Union Square Greenmarket every Friday. Several restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan that focus on local, seasonal food have also been added to the distribution list. And last, but not least, any overflow produce is sent to City Harvest and other community food banks.

Planting Field & Main Barn (Photo Credit: queensfarm.org)

Planting Field and Main Barn (Photo Credit: queensfarm.org)

Managed around the concept of sustainable agriculture, the farm avoids the use of chemical fertilizers by practicing crop rotation, timed planting, catch crops, companion planting, and cover cropping. Don’t know what any of these terms mean? The Queens County Farm Museum is here to teach you. It offers educational programs for both children and adults as part of its mission to promote the importance of environmentally-friendly sustainable farming to the public.

You can support the farm’s mission by making a general donation through Queens County Farm website or by contributing to the Fund-a-Farm Animal program (your donation will be used exclusively for the feeding and care of the farm’s livestock).

WHERE:
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, NY 11004
Ph. 718-347-3276
 
HOURS OF OPERATION: Daily, year round, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
TICKETS: Free Admission.

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