Come for the View, Come for the Animals
Tilly Foster Farm Community Gardens
In spring 2006, Tilly Foster Community Gardens opened to the public. Since then, the gardens continue to produce award-winning organically grown flowers, vegetables and herbs. The Community Gardens’ key features:
- Organic gardening only
- Plots are 20’ x 20’ or equivalent square footage
- Protected by a 10’ deer fence
- A well in the center of the garden, as well as spigots around the perimeter, irrigate the gardens
- Applications are available from the park office
- Fees: $40.00 first plot, $35 each additional. Maximum of three plots allotted per family.
Gardeners interested in joining the community or for more information, please call the Putnam County Parks Department at (845)808-1994.
Spend the day enjoying the outdoors with a hike through Tilly Foster’s nature trail. Hikers may view the trail map at the kiosk located next to the farm parking lot or online at the Putnam County Parks Department website. The nature trail is a beginner to intermediate level trail roughly 1 mile long.
Part of the revitalization of the farm has been the return of small farm animals. Tilly Foster Farm has a beautiful array of chicken breeds, including Frizzle Cochin Bantams, Silkies, Polish, Red Stars, Barred Rock, Austrolorps , Brahmas and Ameraucanas, which lay blue eggs! Our Kunekune pigs, Penelope and Ginger, Lucy and Levi, were the next animal residents to call Tilly Foster home. Their friendly and outgoing personalities have charmed many visitors at the farm. Four Huacaya Alpacas named Honey, Isabella, Sinbad and Raphael, can be seen gracefully grazing in the front pasture. Sultan and Sunny our two miniature horses always get big smiles with their playful and friendly antics.
Visitors may view the animals during self-guided tours from 10am to 4pm seven days a week.
Tilly Foster also hosts part of a 4H Junior Vet course, which is offered through Cornell Cooperative Extension. Children participating in this program get hands on with our animal residents and learn about their general care, health and handling, in addition to the basics of reading animal body language and training.