President’s Report

President’s Message
For the period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

The Organization:

This past year was our 19th year of ownership of Valley Falls Farm.  And this past year was also my second year as President of the Friends of Valley Falls.  This new role has given me a much broader perspective of the organization and its responsibilities.  I am pleased to report that this view from the President’s seat is looking very good for the future of our organization!

During this past year, I have also come to appreciate all that this organization has  accomplished since it took ownership of the Farm back in 2001.  I particularly thank our Board of Directors for all the tasks they have taken on during this past year.  I would like to share with you that we have a great team!  During the year we regretfully accepted the resignation of Director Carol Hatch.  Thanks also go to other members who have put time into Valley Falls Farm, including the Vernon Garden Club for their maintenance of the cold frame herb garden, Jon Roe for his work on the Heritage Center research, and Ron Levesque for all his weedwhack trim and tree work.

Financially, we are debt free and in excellent shape.  The two rental units in the farmhouse provide a stable source of income, and we have great support from our membership and the community.

Moving forward, the organization will continue to focus on community outreach.  We are looking to the Heritage Center to be a place of interest in the community, and an addition to the special attractions of the Valley Falls area.  Delays in construction improvements and upgrades needed for the Center have pushed the opening to 2020.

Valley Falls Farm:

Stewardship of the property is a never-ending job.  We repair, replace, restore and repaint the buildings–and then, we do it all over again!  This year a key job was repair of the damage to the icehouse and woodshed caused by the 2018 lightning strike.

Valley Falls Park:

We continue to provide support to the Vernon Parks and Recreation Department for care of the park and the red barn.  We allotted $40,000 of our $150,000 grant funds for improvements to the barn.  The funds were partially used for the installation of a septic system and a water supply source for the new bathroom in the barn basement.

Finally, I want to thank you, our members and contributors.  Your appreciation for our work in maintaining this historic place inspires us to keep Valley Falls Farm a special and attractive place.

Respectfully submitted,

Joe King, President