YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Westchester County is making $875,000 worth of investments into Hilltop Hanover Farm, a county-owned farm located in Yorktown.

The first of two bond acts approved by the county’s Board of Legislators is worth $200,000 and will fund a study to develop a master plan to address the long-term needs of the farm, including renovations to driveways, parking areas, fencing, building exteriors and public assembly areas. The study will also assess the needs of the gardens and pastures used for educational demonstrations. The second bond act of $675,000 will fund the construction of the recommended improvements.

“We want to maximize Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center as a resource for our residents,” said County Executive George Latimer in a press release. “We look forward to the start of this project and seeing the farm reach its highest potential.”

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Shanyn Siegel, director of Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, said: “At Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, we have taught school children, veterans and backyard farmers about sustainable agriculture, and started programs to further environmentally friendly practices in our community. This project will undoubtedly allow us to enhance our educational efforts.”

Janet Harckham, president of the Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, said: “Our volunteers are dedicated to the mission of Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center and growing a happier and healthier tomorrow. We are proud to partner with the County as the farm moves into an exciting new chapter.”