Struggling Yorktown farm harvests new ideas to stay afloat
When faced with funding cuts from the county, the historic Hill Top Hanover Farm in Yorktown had to come up with new ways to generate revenue. As part of a plan to save the farm, Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center has been created to assist in raising funds and getting volunteers to help with the day-to-day operations of the facility.New educational programs are now being offered as a way to bring in revenue, and the organization recently secured a $25,000 grant from the Armonk-based Municipal Bond Insurance Association, which not only helps sustain the farm financially, but also allows it to donate some of its crops to the needy."There's got to be less reliance on taxpayers and more reliance on people," says County Executive Rob Astorino (R-Westchester). County officials say the important lesson here is less funding from local government doesn't mean an organization like Hill Top Farm has to go under.