Tour of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

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Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, Shelter Island,

Event Type: Conference

The American Planning Association, NY Metro Chapter, Long Island Section is hosting a summer tour of Sylvester Manor Educational Farm located on Shelter Island, NY. To register for this free event, please complete this brief form before July 17, 2017.

Sylvester Manor is a remarkably intact remnant of a northern provisioning plantation colonized by Europeans in 1652. After 360 years of ownership by one family, the property was donated in 2014 to the non-profit Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, which now stewards 236 acres of farmland, woods, wetlands, and numerous structures including a 1737 Georgian Manor house. Sara Gordon, AICP, consulting planner to the educational farm, will lead an outdoor site tour; discussion of the land use and planning actions, with private and public partners, initiated in 2008 by the family’s wish to preserve and sustainably develop the Manor lands; and take a look at the goals, opportunities and challenges ahead as the organization crafts its site master plan. The itinerary will include some or all of the following:

  • Historic core surrounding the Manor house and barns on Gardiners Creek
  • “Burying Ground of the Colored People of the Manor since 1651”
  • “Quaker corner”
  • First-of-its-kind in Suffolk County non-proprietary constructed wetland alternative wastewater treatment system supporting temporary kitchen and restroom facilities in modified shipping containers
  • Grass-finished beef pasture lease operation
  • Windmill Field 4-acre CSA/Retail row crop and small livestock operation
  • 1810 Windmill slated for restoration
  • Lunch from the farm and by Maria’s Kitchen

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