Retreat Farm: A place like no other

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Retreat Farm: A place like no other

Sat, 08/01/2020 - 2:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Right now, we all need a place to get away and unplug. Open space to run free, homelands to ground us, water views to rejuvenate our spirits. Filled with places to explore, learn, and unwind, Retreat Farm’s expansive property in Brattleboro is open and free to everyone.

“In this difficult year, we know that spending time in nature and on our beautiful property can help improve people’s physical, mental, and spiritual health. Retreat Farm is committed to making these experiences available to everyone this year through free membership and access to the Farm,” said Buzz Schmidt, Executive Director of Retreat Farm.

In addition to animals grazing on pasture and growing food to share with the community, the Farm has added a new labyrinth garden, arts installations, walking paths and trails, and interpretive signs about the history and nature of the property. Works by local artists Bob Boemig and Steve Proctor are yours to savor, with a sculpture by Miles Chapin and a tribute to Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason coming soon.

Venture through the historic cow tunnel under Route 30, wind through the pollinator pathway to the new Meadows waterfront trail, play, build and balance in the Forest Playground, walk along Lil’ Lamb Loop as rotating children’s books unfold on the Storybook Walk, or discover natural history lessons on the Woodlands Interpretive trail.

Bring a picnic and soak up the views of the new living sculpture, the Fiddlehead, or the unique ambiance of Farmhouse Square as you relax and learn about the history of the 19th-century farmstead. After its installation in mid-August, don’t miss the Wantastegok marker at the entrance to the Meadows, where you can learn more about the current and historical significance of this site to the Abenaki people.

Come watch the goats frolick, sample a cherry tomato, learn about the distinctive history of our nine grand barns while seeing original artwork and appreciating the beauty of growing food and flowers. “Walking through Retreat Farm is a soothing balm in these stressful times,” said Linda Whelihan of her daily walks through the trails and farmstead.

“We’re deeply grateful to be able to serve as a resource thanks to the steadfast support of businesses who recognize Retreat Farm’s value to the community,” noted Vickie Case, who is responsible for Community Engagement at the Farm. “The support that Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Brattleboro Subaru, Brown & Roberts, Chroma Technology, VSECU, AutoMall, and River Valley Credit Union help us make these offerings possible.”

While the Farm is free and open to everyone from dawn to dusk, Retreat Farm is inviting you to show your support for this special place by becoming a member. “Membership helps us demonstrate to our funders that the community cares about Retreat Farm’s property and programs,” said Wendy Ferris, Advancement Director.

Membership is free and helps show that Retreat Farm’s property, programs, and events are needed and valued. Text RETREATFARM to 56525 to become a member today for FREE, or visit retreatfarm.org.

No restrooms or public facilities are available at this time. Please come prepared to walk short to moderate distances.