Apple Pond Farm

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Apple Pond Farm
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Apple Pond Farm and Renewable Energy Education Center is an Organic Farm in the Catskills - a 2 hour drive from NYC. 95% of the farm's power is derived from sustainable solar thermal, solar electric and wind energies. We grow vegetables and raise sheep, goats, chickens, horses, turkeys, and a lovely donkey named Arlow. A bunch of cats and dogs also call Apple Pond Farm home. We offer tours, workshops, programs geared to both children and adults in farming, homesteading, and energy efficiency and sustainability. Here is a look at our 2016 schedule, as well as by request classes that we offer: TOURS 1 hour reserved in advance and scheduled at your convenience. Minimum tour $50 for 5 people. Each additional person $8. (Except as noted in Farming With Kids below). EDUCATIONAL FARM TOURS: Milk a dairy goat, collect eggs, feed chickens, goats and sheep, visit the turkeys, lambs, horses, inspect organic gardens and orchards. Overview of Renewable Energy systems. Seasonal Variability FARMING WITH KIDS: Much like our farm tours, Farming with Kids allows participants to actually perform farm chores and have a great time. Available every Saturday May - October and additional Fridays in July and August. Starts promptly at 10am. Adults- $8, Children - $6. No reservation required. RENEWABLE ENERGY TOURS: Learn about our solar systems that provide over 95% of the farm’s power. You will interact with our wind turbine, solar electric and solar thermal systems, used vegetable oil furnace and truck. CLASSES Our classes are a great way to dig deeper into a subject matter and come away with tangible knowledge to work with at home. Classes are usually 2 hours in length and vary in price. Reservations Required. Many scheduled classes below are also available as private classes, arranged on request. 2016 Offerings: March 26, Saturday 2-4PM Solar Power for Everyone – Understanding the Available Options $50/person $90 for two people from same family April 16, Saturday 1pm– Sunday, April 17 12PM Mother Daughter Overnight Weekend at The Farm One mother and child is $350.00 plus tax. $75.00 for each additional. May 1 – Sunday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. July 1, Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. A Lotta Ricotta – Cheese making from milking to serving $40 per person July 8, Friday 1 – 3 pm July 9 Saturday 1 – 3 pm Preparing healthy snacks with sugar alternatives Adults - $25 Children - $15 August 7, Sunday 1-3pm September 2, Friday 1-3pm Stocking your medicine cabinet with natural remedies. Adults - $25 Children - $15 October 15, Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. End of The Season Field Day Celebration *No reservations needed. Other classes available on request: YEAR ROUND SPROUTS: all materials included $25, minimum class size of 4 people DRIVE A HORSE TO CARRIAGE: learn to harness, drive with instructor and drive solo. $75, minimum class size of 2 people RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS FOR YOUR HOME: capabilities, costs, financial assistance, return on investment. $75, minimum class size of 2 people
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Janelle N
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Special farmstay experience
Jun 2020 • Family
What a special trip! We visited sonja and dicks incredible farm with our 21 month old daughter and felt so lucky to experience what their life is like. They have chickens, goats, sheep, a horse, donkey, dogs, cats, pigs. Our daughter loved seeing all of the animals and being able to pet them and feed them! Sonja brings you along during her morning and evening feeds and shares her knowledge of rearing countless animals over their +40 years of farming. They also have a beautiful organic garden that they shared with us. We stayed in their apartment for the weekend. The one bedroom apartment had plenty of space for us and a fully equipped kitchen. They let us use a portable crib for our toddler who slept very comfortably. We ate fresh eggs and greens from the garden for breakfast - such a treat! We brought food for lunches and dinners which worked out really well. We also picked up bbq from the smoke joint (15 min drive, outdoor eating by a river, live music) one night and it was great!

Thank you for inviting us into your lives for a weekend Sonja and dick! We had such a wonderful time!

Highly recommend for families with a young kid who want an authentic farm stay experience!!
Written 22 June 2020
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angelajsu
New York City, NY6 contributions
Amazing way to spend anniversary
Nov 2019
We visited Apple Pond a cold November morning as part of a weekend getaway for our anniversary! We emailed Apple Pond and Sonja and Katie responded promptly and kindly accommodated us for a last minute tour.

It was truly the highlight of our anniversary weekend. Katie and their sheepdog Molly greeted us enthusiastically upon arrival. She gave us a tour of the farm and we helped feed the animals, including a horse, goats, sheep, and chickens. We got up close and personal with the goats in particular and it was a true delight. The animals were incredibly well-mannered and comfortable with our proximity.

Katie was a wonderful guide and explained how special Apple Pond Farm was for its renewable energy and low-waste mindset. She even gave us a lesson on milking the goats, patiently coaching our unskilled city hands. We sampled some goat milk as well and it was delicious.

After the tour, we were welcomed to stay on the property and walk to the upper part of the farm. Molly the dog stayed with us and we played many rounds of fetch before we headed out for the day. It was truly a perfect morning spent with Katie and we can't wait to return!
Written 10 December 2019
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toyensa
New York City, NY2 contributions
a perfect farmstay experience
Mar 2019 • Family
We had a wonderful time at Apple Pond Farm this weekend (our second visit). Our kids, who are 9 and 6, love coming out to help gather eggs and feed the goats and sheep at the appointed time of the morning — and then being in charge of making sure all 22 chickens and a turkey are in the henhouse at night. The dogs and cats that live on the farm are great fun too. The farm house is comfortable, with lovely handmade quilts on some of the beds, and the kitchen equipped with pots and pans and such so we could cook our meals. (Though we made it even easier one night by picking up pizza at Kaatskills in the nearby town of Livingston Manor.) This farm stay is not fancy, but very cozy and a real working farm, which is exactly what we wanted. (And just before departing this time, we even got to be part of a goat's giving birth, which was amazing, but certainly cannot be counted on!) We will definitely be back again.
Written 1 April 2019
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HZG2
New York City, NY123 contributions
Great family experience
Jul 2018 • Family
We visited the Apple Pond Farm with the family. We made reservations for a private tour and the kids loved it. Our tour included milking a goat and feeding the chickens. A great experience!
Written 9 July 2018
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Andrew S
Brooklyn, NY9 contributions
Really nice visit
Jul 2017 • Family
Took or family with two kids (2 and 6) for a private tour. The owner was really nice and walked us all around the property, letting the kids spend time with the sheep, goat, chickens, and more. They also got to feed the chicken. We picked and bought some vegis and fresh eggs (that don't need to be refrigerated since they were fresh, as long as you eat them within a week). Overall a nice hour to break up the day.
Written 22 July 2017
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It. is always a pleasure for us to welcome visitors. I hope the eggs and veggies were delicious - please come again for a weekend stay, or a cheese class (7/29) or a special visit for a special occasion. Thank you. Dick, Sonja, Kim
Written 23 July 2017
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Vankok
Princeton, NJ279 contributions
A place for the entire family. Play real farm games, not video games!
Jul 2017 • Family
Great place to visit, very kind people and interesting to listen to. Awesome experience for kids, grown ups.

Come any day and bring your camera!
Written 18 July 2017
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We are delighted that you enjoyed our time here! Talking about our farm, showing you are animals, garden...these are great pleasures for us. Won't you come again, stay the weekend - we have a cheese making glass on 7/29. The final event in the fall is 'A little bit of everything' on the 15th of August. Sonja, Dick and Kim
Written 23 July 2017
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travelteacher4
Geneseo, NY121 contributions
Hands on
Jun 2017 • Family
This is just a small farm in the hills of the Catskills. They have a variety of farm animals which children are allowed to touch and feed. The one highlight was milking a nanny goat. The family is interactive with the children. A good informative stop which only took a little over an hour. Got to see rural countryside on route to the farm. Thank goodness for GPS.
Written 4 July 2017
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Thank you for stopping at our farm. I am delighted that the goats pleased you! We milk twice a day - that's lots of milk to drink and turn into cheese. Before long we will be milking some sheep. Perhaps you will consider a cheese making class one of these days - 'A Lotta Ricotta." Please come again
Written 23 July 2017
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Kristina D
Manhasset, New York, United States5 contributions
Memorable and Special Visit
Feb 2017 • Couples
My boyfriend, dog, and I visited Apple Pond Farm during a trip to the area. Dick was our tour guide, and we learned a lot from him about renewable energy and how they run their farm. Just as interesting was hearing about Dick and his wife Sonje's life experiences. His passion for what he does is contagious! There is a sense of harmony between them and their animals, and it renewed our appreciation for the environment and the animals we share the world with.

I really think this tour is great for people of all ages. You will learn a lot either way, and it's inspiring to talk to people who care so much about what they do.
Written 15 February 2017
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Winter visitors have a special place in our hearts. It's cold here! Dick never tires of talking about climate change, our wind turbine, solar plans etc. We believe we are previleged to live on a farm, to work with, care for an love animals...seems you share many of our values and feelings. Won't you come again? spend a weekend in our guest house? attend a cheese making class (7/29) With our thanks, Dick and Sonja
Written 23 July 2017
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lnagley
New York City, NY1 contribution
Great farm visit
Sep 2016 • Family
Our family had a wonderful time on our tour of Apple Pond Farm. We had lots of hands on experiences with many animals - feeding chickens, milking a goat, collecting eggs, petting a donkey, etc. My three year old daughter loved it. Great experience for city kids. Sonja and Dick were friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely visit again the next time we are in the area!
Written 16 September 2016
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Aline R
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Such a wonderful place
May 2016 • Friends
Our weekend at Apple Pond Farm was fantastic! The house is very convenient even for big groups, with 2 bathrooms and everything we needed to cook. We even enjoyed the barbecue! We loved living for a few days in this human scale and peaceful farm, visiting all the animals, feeding the baby sheep, hugging the donkey, playing with the dog, having fresh eggs and salad, talking with the staff... A great weekend in the calm only 2 hours from Manhattan.
We will come back!
Written 28 June 2016
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Apple Pond Farm is open:
  • Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:00