2019 was a very fun and productive year at Tryon Farm Institute. Hats off to TFI’s volunteers (board members, governing members and friends) who put in countless volunteer hours to produce wonderful programming and land restoration efforts.
- Education and outreach efforts put together an amazing Garden Talk Series (three permaculture workshops and a mushroom/foraging walk) and five events in Art in Nature programming (art/documentary films on the barn, drawing workshop and salon talk, bonfire concert and the unforgettable Hunter’s Moon/Kristina Isabelle Dance). All of these events highlighted how special Tryon Farm Institute’s land holdings are by connecting people with nature.
- Our Natural Resources Management team was busy with monthly work days removing invasive plants, improving trails/spaces, tree planting days, building benches/habitat boxes/entrance signage & maps and exploring an opportunity with the USDA to introduce butterfly/bird habitat into our hay fields.
- Thank you to the Tomlins, Kominiarek and Caref families for donating the incredible nature viewing platform that has become the talk of the back meadow. Get up there and do some viewing!
- The Barn Committee had a feasibility study performed to determine the scope of work needed to ensure that the historic barn continues to be the cornerstone of the property. Also, a Historic Registry Designation application was submitted this year which will open up the potential for grant funding in 2020-21.
- Our fundraising event this year was a wonderful cruise on Michigan City’s own Emita II. It was great having Paul Labovitz, the Superintendent of the new Indiana Dunes National Park, educate us about Indiana’s gem of a coast line.
If you would like to help support our future endeavors, please visit our website, http://www.TFInstitute.org/giving to make a tax deductible contribution. Or, you can also send a check to: Tryon Farm Institute, 88 Tryon Farm Lane, Michigan City, IN 46360
We look forward to seeing you around the Farm!