QUEENS CO., N.Y. — Queens County Farm Museum, the largest tract of farmland in New York City and one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State, is celebrating Earth Day as a service day for all ages this year. Queens Farm invites visitors to the farm on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 12:00 pm–4:30 pm for this special admission Bee-A-Pollinator Earth Day program. This free program includes an afternoon of farm activities for all ages, highlighting simple ways to support Queens Farm and Mother Earth. In addition, Queens Farm will host weekly service days every Tuesday and Sunday beginning April 27 through November 2, 2021 for adults 18+ to work in the fields alongside Queens Farm’s farmers.
Bee-A-Pollinator program participants will be partnered with various farm tasks like sifting compost, landscaping the Children’s Garden, mulching apple trees, and weeding perennial beds. The Bee-A-Pollinator Earth Day program also includes apiary talks with the farm’s resident beekeeper, Adopt-a-Worm composting program at the ConEdison Ecology booth, tractor-drawn hayrides, a self-guided scavenger hunt and free giveaways from Cohen Children’s Medical Center/Kohl’s Cares. With generous support from the Richmond County Savings Foundation and the Clif Bar Family Foundation, Queens Farm is home to the single largest apiary in New York City. Pollinators are responsible for one of every three bites of food so it’s especially meaningful to connect farm visitors to its apiary in celebration of Earth Day.
“We think every day is Earth Day at Queens Farm,” stated Jennifer Walden Weprin, Executive Director of Queens County Farm Museum. “The Earth Day Bee-A-Pollinator Program and the farm’s weekly Service Days provide an opportunity for farm visitors to dig in and connect with our work from the ground up.”
New Yorkers, now more than ever, are embracing park land and open spaces. Queens Farm has been exclusively preserving, maintaining and programming the historic 47-acre farm for New York City since 1975. Queens Farm’s ecosystem is a model for biodiversity in an urban environment. It is an important service provider to a healthy urban ecosystem. Service Days at Queens Farm help foster New York City’s environmental citizens through education and volunteerism.
Capacity is limited for this free special admission Earth Day program and for the farm’s Service Days. Small groups will work in the fields at Queens Farm. Advance registration is required. These program are outdoors and Covid-19 protocols will be followed to meet NY Forward’s Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. Face coverings are required. No previous farming or gardening experience is necessary. More information about both programs can be found at queensfarm.org.
Planning Your Visit
Queens County Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park, New York 11004. There is free event parking and a bicycle rack is available on-site. Strollers, backpacks and bottled water are permitted on the farm grounds. Farm grounds and restrooms are accessible. For more information or to plan your visit, go to queensfarm.org.
About the Queens County Farm Museum
Queens County Farm Museum is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State, dating back to 1697. It is the largest tract of farmland in New York City. The current site consists of a 47-acre tract of farmland that showcases the 300-year history of agriculture as a way of life in New York City. Queens Farm is a New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Queens Farm hosts a wide variety of acclaimed education programs, public events and adult education programs. It serves as a vital and rare resource connecting people to agriculture and the environment creating conversations and learning opportunities about biodiversity, health and wellness, climate change and preserving local history.
–Queens County Farm Museum
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