End of an era

Cooking teacher Nancy Stuart of Bridgewater, leads a cooking class for kids at the Silo at Hunt Hill Farm in New Milford, in 2015. She is preparing dough for spinach gnocchi.

NEW MILFORD — Hunt Hill Farm, also known as “The Silo” by three generations of area residents, has announced that it closed, effective Monday, August 26. Long known as a destination for art, nature, and homemade farm products in addition to offering a wide array of specialty cooking classes, the affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution made a significant resurgence, during the last two years, through musical events and special programs. However, the Board of Directors determined that revenues were still unable to keep pace with expenses and not enough money remained in the general fund to continue operations.

Located at 44 Upland Road in New Milford, Hunt Hill Farm dates back to 1968 under the ownership and stewardship of Skitch Henderson and his wife, Ruth. Henderson was the longtime musical director of the National Broadcasting Corp. and the founder of the New York Pops, the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States. Soon after they purchased and combined two historic New Milford farms, Hine Farm and Buckingham Farm, the Hendersons turned the property into a cooking school, museum, and art gallery. In 2003, Hunt Hill Farm became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Subsequently, 83 acres of the farm were preserved by the Hendersons, in collaboration with the Town of New Milford, United States Department of Agriculture, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, the Trust for Public Land, and Weantinogue Heritage Land Trust.

Over the last two years a vibrant music scene emerged at Hunt Hill Farm, anchored by its popular Thursday night “Open Mic Night” program, which brought musical guests from as far away as the Hudson River Valley, western Massachusetts, and New York City to perform. Weekends featured regional acts in blues, jazz, and contemporary music along with top local acts of all genres.

The Hunt Hill Farm Board of Directors extended its sincere gratitude to the staff, community partners, neighbors and all who visited and shared their passion and support for the organization over the years.

Connecticut Media Group