10 reasons why we saved Stone Ridge Orchard:

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 and eco fair trade certified

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

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