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Queens County Farm Museum Is Growing History One Farming Season at a Time

By Elisha Neubauer

In 1772, the building which now houses the Queens County Farm Museum was built. Spanning 47 acres, the farm is the largest continuously farmed site in New York. Now, the property has added another service to its list of operations: as a cultural space designed to educate and enrich the lives of the surrounding community since the organization's founding in 1975.

"We are a large cultural space within the community of northeastern Queens, that has minimal other museums and community spaces," Ali Abate, Director of Education said.

The space is free to individuals and families, making it an accessible educational tool to those looking for a little cultural enhancement in their days. It provides a glimpse into days passed, but still maintaining a perfect example of vibrant, sustainable agriculture.

"We provide educational programming to school groups, adults, and a volunteer program with our farmers for individuals 18 years and older," Abate said.

The farm offers a different atmosphere depending on the season. Regardless of the time of year, however, the farm always has a unique blend of tranquility and commotion.

"We have numerous growing fields, gardens, livestock enclosures, and historic buildings," Abate said.

On an average summer day, the farm is much quieter. Families are often found visiting the livestock, while morning camp groups can be found blazing through the property and visitors flock to the farm stand. When school is in, the farm sees a much busier time, with large school groups filtering through the farm grounds during the weekdays and droves of visitors on the weekends attending the fall activities, such as the corn maze and pumpkin patch. The winter sees a calm period, as the farmers prepare for the upcoming growing season.

Abate, and other employees of the Queens County Farm Museum see their mission as a preservation effort, sustaining the farm's history and sharing it with the area's contemporary visitors.

"Our history is part of the development of New York City and Queens specifically as an agricultural and horticultural center and home to immigrants from around the world," Abate said. "The original landowners were 3rd generation Dutch, and we tell their story to our visitors on the site today."

The historic farmhouse is open every weekend for free tours, 11am - 4pm on the half-hour.

Photos courtesy of Queen Farm
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