Farmstead Program

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Farmstead Project

The Center for Discovery is a landscape of possibilities, a community of care devoted not only to the health and well being of people with disabilities, but to all the people who call this home, and to the larger community of which we are a part.

Farming is at the heart of The Center, nourishing the body, mind and spirit.  The hard and valued work of farming fosters independence and promotes health.   The Center’s farmers employ organic methods and practices that are thoughtfully designed to promote the long term health and sustainability of the land, water and food systems that extend well beyond its fences.

The Center’s vision connects its farms with the rural hamlet of Hurleyville, its people and its neighbors in Sullivan County. This includes a safe and thoughtfully revitalized Main Street, which will serve as a hub of activity, with a farm store, arts center, restaurants, shops and walking trails making up an enriching and fully integrated, inclusive and attractive community.

Housing for Center staff and innovative housing options for residents who will live and work and farm in and around the town will help make Hurleyville a model of regional economic development.

A vibrant pedestrian oriented village and these emergent models for living not only promote the sustainability of Hurleyville, but represent a model of growth based on agriculture, historically the activity at the heart of this rural New York county.

The urgent work of defining, codifying and scaling up successful models will be accelerated by means of an academic university partner integral to the vision of a hamlet nourished by change.

This speeds the evolution of The Center at a time when fast changing systems of support make new strategies essential.