1. SRO has been continuously farmed for several hundred years.
2. SRO is one of the last working orchards in the Rondout Valley.
3. SRO is in a critical watershed.
4. SRO has critical habitat.
5. SRO abuts the historic rail trail, providing recreational possibilities.
6. SRO is sustainably managed
7. SRO has been a destination for apple picking for hundreds of years.
8. SRO welcomes thousands of school children every year
9. SRO is a green business that provides local employment
10. SRO is zoned to be developed for 40 more houses.
1. Maintain the farm in an environmentally sustainable way
2. Re-diversify the orchard and incorporate permaculture principles
3. Re-integrate animals into the farm
4. Re-open the trail from the Rail Trail to 209 for walking, biking or horseback riding from the High Falls Food Coop to Marbletown.
5. Plant a European style organic cider orchard at the top of the farm
6. Incorporate extensive bee forage into future plantings
7. Expand our educational activities
8. Protect the farm long-term with an agricultural easement
9. Build a beautiful timber peg pavilion to be used for community celebration, craft and food markets and music!
10. Open a tasting room for hard cider