Dirty for 30
new pond farm celebrating 30 years
New Pond Farm celebrates its 30th anniversary, continuing its mission to give back, renew, and protect. The spirit of New Pond founder and actress Carmen Matthews resonates through all facets of New Pond life and her vision “small is beautiful” is a bedrock on which future endeavors will be built.
New Pond is hosting various events to celebrate its 30th anniversary and will also be celebrating through annual festivities such as the May Fair festival, garden tour, and art show. There will be an intimate reading of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters by Redding actors Bob and Nancy Ponturo on February 28. The celebration continues with an evening with Fred Newman at Redding Country Club on March 28, and will be filled with humor.
New Pond visitors immerse themselves in the easy tempo of the farm as they are given the opportunity to educate themselves with hands-on environmental programs and explore the raw beauty of the land. The farm’s 102 acres of land serves as an exceptional outdoor classroom, offering a variety of habitats for environmental programs such as woodlands, vernal pools, pastures, a pond, and a marsh.
New Pond’s Native American programs offer an authentically recreated encampment, including a barked wigwam and thatched longhouse, as well as an impressive assortment of artifacts. The farm programs are housed in 19th-century barns, which hold cows, sheep, and a flock of roosters and hens. Depending on each student’s individual level, they can meet and often work with these animals and learn their importance on the farm.
New Pond also offers an impressive astronomy building, where visitors can explore the wonders of the cosmos and hear about recent developments in the science of astronomy. Students can directly connect with the plentiful bounty of nature by joining a gardening program and learning how to establish, tend, and harvest vegetables and herbs. Further, hikers can explore the 2.5 miles of trails that wind through a variety of woodland ecosystems and give you the opportunity to explore the geological history including dramatic hillsides shaped by moving glaciers that once blanketed Connecticut.
For thirty years, NPF has brought students of all ages outside and offer classroom teaching that focuses on the land’s habitats with its diverse flora, fauna, and wildlife. Inner-city campers and local school children are exposed to the rhythm of this farm, freshwater ecology, beekeeping, and maple sugaring. New Pond annually hosts 5,000 children through educational programs and fieldtrips during the year and summer.
New Pond Farm, on Marchant Road, strives to educate through five pillars including astronomy, arts, nature, agriculture, and environmental education. New Pond not only works with area schools, scout groups, and families to help connect people back to the land but also tries to extend its reach by offering summer programs to inner-city children. This program endeavors for children to develop an understanding and appreciation of one another as individuals and a collective love of New Pound, regardless of diverse backgrounds.
NOTE: RUN FOR THE FARM
For the 4th year, the Redding Road Race—13.1 miles, 7 miles, and kid race—takes place May 3 at NPF to raise money for its education center. The races finish on the grounds of NPF, with much food and fun to follow. Think 2016: this year’s race sold out.