New Pond Farm

Local Treasure: New Pond Farm

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Located at 101 Marchant Road in West Redding,New Pond Farm, founded in 1985 by Carmen Matthews, is an environmental education center with a small working farm. Their mission is to connect people with the land that enriches and sustains us all.

Their beautiful 102-acre property is an outstanding outdoor classroom: they have a variety of habitats for environmental programs including woodlands, wetlands and pastures. NPF’s Native American programs are enhanced by an authentically-recreated encampment. The astronomy buildings are home to monthly astronomy programs as well as being the field station for Joel Barlow High School’s astronomy classes. Their vegetable and herb programs are featured in our Shared Harvest Program. Farm programs take place in barns, which house milking cows, sheep, chickens and roosters. The barn-like Learning Center with its classroom and spacious meeting areas has been the site of art shows, adult lectures, barn dances and more. In 2007 New Pond Farm was designated a Connecticut Dairy Farm of Distinction, people visiting the Dairy Annex may purchase freshly pasteurized milk and yogurt.

In the summer they host a small and personal residential camp. During three ten-day sessions, they bring together children from the inner cities of Connecticut with children from the surrounding area. Together these youngsters, aged 8-12, from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds form friendships, develop an understanding and appreciation of one another as individuals and have a marvelous time discovering the many wonders of the farm.
Find out more on their website.