President’s Report

President’s Message
For the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

The Organization: 

This past year was our 20th year of ownership of Valley Falls Farm.  Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, our opportunities to welcome the public to the farm were limited.  However, We thank you, our supporters, for your continuing support, even during this difficult time.

Early in the spring we decided to cancel the summer tours with the uncertainty of the COVID variant, but we thought it would be safe to go ahead with Artists Day in August, 2021, since it is an outdoor event.  Unfortunately, hurricane Ida changed those plans also.

In spite of the circumstances, we continued our focus on maintaining the historical integrity of Valley Falls Farm, and keeping the most scenic corner of Vernon in ship-shape condition.  Sadly, we had to remove the old oak tree in the middle of the field.  Two-thirds of the tree was dead and presented a potential danger.  We were able to save a slice of the tree which we’ll display in the Heritage Center.

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 for 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.  The bequest we received last year has significantly increased the value of our Endowment Fund.  The fund has ensured the long term financial health of the Friends.

Moving forward, we look forward to the opening of the Heritage Center in the spring as an addition to the special attractions in the Valley Falls area.

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

Respectfully submitted,
Joe King, President