Autumn 2019 News
Last spring, we announced a new agricultural initiative: Threefold Educational Foundation’s Pfeiffer Center and The Fellowship Community’s Duryea Farm combined our farming and educational activities in a new cooperative endeavor, creating a mutually supportive association of work and community.
The “new” farm includes nine acres under cultivation, almost 39 acres of pasture and hay, Rockland County’s only cows and dairy, two draft horses, and a small apiary. Our Farm Leadership Team – Megan Durney, Kim Pace, and Peter Alexanian, mentored by Mac Mead – worked hard all summer to develop a biodynamic farm individuality in our suburban setting: caring for the land, feeding our neighbors, enriching community life, and offering educational opportunities to all ages and interests.
This season, our produce and dairy products supplied the Fellowship Community’s 150 members and co-workers, a 30-share CSA, and a weekly Farm Stand at the Hand & Hoe, as well as patrons of Threefold Café and the Hungry Hollow Co-op. Hundreds of children joined in farm tasks with the Nature Place Day Camp and Farm & Garden Days. The new school year brought Chestnut Ridge Middle School students back for Neighbor to Neighbor, Green Meadow Waldorf School third-graders for their Farm Block, Otto Specht School students back to their Duryea Farm greenhouse, and a fresh batch of adult learners with the Pfeiffer Center’s One-Year Part-Time Training in Biodynamics.
Our farm and our faces may be familiar, but our initiative is very much a start-up, and we have big aspirations: new and expanded educational programs for adults and children, more produce for an expanded CSA and farm stand, delivering our milk in reusable glass bottles, more products made from our healing plants, and honey sales to our neighbors, to name just a few.
For our programs to thrive and our community to expand requires substantial investments in people and equipment. Tools and machinery must be refurbished or purchased, and our staff, co-workers, and interns provided for. Your generous support at this critical moment in our history will enable us to give our undivided attention to creating a thriving farm that serves our community and the world in countless ways, large and small.
To make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation, please visit this page.
If you would like to learn more about our plans, or are interested in supporting a particular aspect of our work, we’d love to tell you more about opportunities to support us! Please contact Bill Day at 845-352-5020 x124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pfeiffer Center is a project of the Threefold Educational Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
About the Fellowship Community
Founded in 1966, the Fellowship Community is a work-based intergenerational community centered on the care of the elderly. Approximately 140 elder members, co-workers, and their children live together in a rural farm setting just 30 miles northwest of New York City. From its beginnings, the Fellowship Community had gardens; its members were committed to growing as much of their own food as possible, and to being good stewards of their land. So naturally they were delighted when in 1997 John Duryea offered them the opportunity to buy Duryea Farm and keep its original 33 acres intact and under cultivation.
About Threefold Educational Foundation
Chartered in 1965, and directly descended from an anthroposophical community that began in 1926, Threefold Educational Foundation supports a living community of practical work inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. The Foundation is the steward of the land, buildings and facilities that comprise a large part of the Threefold community’s physical setting, and it serves as the legal and fiscal umbrella for institutions including the Pfeiffer Center, Green Meadow Waldorf School, the Otto Specht School, Eurythmy Spring Valley, the Fiber Craft Studio, and more.