President’s Report

President’s Message
For the period July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

The Organization:

Twenty years and counting!  This past year was our 20th year of ownership of Valley Falls Farm.  Unfortunately, this year also brought us the COVID-19 disaster, and our planned spring and summer activities had to be cancelled. We thank you, our supporters, for your continuing support, even during this difficult time.

Over the 20 years, we have been focused on maintaining the historical integrity of Valley Falls Farm, and keeping this most scenic corner of Vernon in ship-shape condition.  Throughout this period we have put all of our income into caring for and improving the property.  These investments have included new roofing on all of our buildings, new insulation and wiring in the farmhouse, new windows, new furnaces and oil tanks for each apartment, upgraded bathrooms and kitchens, and coats and coats of our signature green and white paint!  This year we installed an underground utility line directly from the street to the stable, and we replaced the leaky chimney in the farmhouse.

Thanks to our Board of Directors for their ongoing dedication to Valley Falls Farm.  We also thank the members who have put their precious time into the Farm, especially the Vernon Garden Club and Betty Wardrop and Barbara McCarthy for their maintenance  of the herb and flower gardens, and Ron Levesque for his weedwhacking, tree work, and willingness to help whenever needed.

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 you, our members.  We are especially pleased and grateful to have received a significant bequest this year from our member, Jean Bostrum.  We will be working with a financial planner to ensure that it is put to its greatest advantage and supports the long term health of the Friends.

Moving forward, the organization will continue to focus on community outreach.  We  look forward to the opening of the Heritage Center in the spring as an addition to the special attractions of the Valley Falls area.

Finally, I want to wish you and your families a safe year ahead as we continue to deal with the Covid disaster.  We look forward to a time when we can safely welcome you back to Valley Falls Farm.

Respectfully submitted,

Joe King, President