Rainbeau Ridge, a “real and accessible” farm, is located in Bedford Hills, NY, forty miles northwest of New York City. In 2002, owners Lisa and Mark Schwartz set out to create a place where people young and old could feel at home, connect to the land, sense the awe of nature, gain a comfort with animals and with the cycle of life and learn to cook, eat and savor locally-produced cheese and produce. Rainbeau Ridge includes a small-scale egg operation, organic vegetable gardens, a restored orchard, small pastures and barns designed for the farm’s many animals and a cheese house, where Lisa cultivates her farmstead goat cheese.
Since its inception, Rainbeau Ridge has been committed to the principle that farming is an important part of the social, cultural, educational and commercial activity that ties a local community together. Now an important center of neighbor and community life, the farm also offers a variety of educational programs for children and adults.
The kids’ programs at Rainbeau Ridge provide a unique experience for kids ages 2-4 and kindergarten through third grades to explore, appreciate and make connections to nature through hands-on exploration on the farm, art projects and in the kitchen. The programs enable the participants to engage in age-appropriate, hands-on activities with animals, natural materials and food – and even to do fun farm chores! Activities are theme-based over the course of each day, and sessions meet once a week over a multi-week session so that kids can see growth among the animals, in the garden and within themselves.
Visit Rainbeau Ridge’s website to learn how this special place is connecting kids (and adults!) to the land, to what they are eating and to cooking.