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The Queens County Farm Museum traces its roots way back in 1697 and now occupies the biggest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland in New York City. It is the only functioning historical farm in this bustling metropolis. The farm covers 47 acres of parcel that is the longest ongoing farmed location in the state of New York. The site includes historic farm structures, farm implements and vehicles, a greenhouse center, livestock, planting fields, an herb and orchard.

Operated by the Colonial Farmhouse Restoration Society of Bellerose, Inc., the farm is owned by the New York City Department of Parks and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City. It has started a four-season growing program that uses a passively-heated cold frames and historic glass greenhouse in order to provide fresh produce year round to residents of the city. This iconic farm recognizes the link between environmental, human and community health by integrating a grazing and browsing rotation system into every livestock management in order to improve soil quality, animal health, and restore a viable ecosystem in its farming methods.

The Queens County Farm Museum practices sustainable agriculture and growing of food in a way that balances environmental stewardship, economic viability, and community development. Its farm animals and tranquil agrarian environment provide the opportunity to escape from a hectic daily pace behind for a wholesome visit to a farm without leaving the city.

This tranquil landmark in the countryside also features heirloom varieties in its two-acre vegetable field. Rather than depend on insecticides or chemical fertilizers, it practices timed planting, companion planting, crop rotation, catch crops, and cover-cropping to reduce weed and pest pressure.

The Queens County Farm Museum?s practices reflect its belief in establishing bonds between historical and environmental preservation as well as healthy food and communities. The Farm Museum is the only farm in New York City with livestock and it is continuously developing new pasture-based management systems for heritage breeds.
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