A landscaping company is set to make the historic BG farm its base
A favorite historic farmhouse, just around the corner from Blooming Grove’s protected Schunnemunk Mountain, has a chance to revive as the home base of Future Green Studio, an award-winning landscape design firm based in Brooklyn. Along the stretch of Route 94 near the Tuthill Road/Round Hill Road intersection, an immaculate horse and family farm was restored about 10 years ago by the David and Judith Polli family.
The farmhouse is adjacent to the original Sears-Howell Red Barn, also restored and now home to several businesses, on one side, and a few hundred yards from the historic Christ Church, which dates back to 1758. Original Sears- Howell Farm was internationally renowned for its Ayrshire cattle, known to have the highest fat content, and has undoubtedly contributed to our region’s reputation for supplying quality milk, butter and cheese to the population of New York “at the time”.
Having been high on the area’s ‘For Sale’ list for the past two years, area residents feared it would meet the fate of many other local horse farms and be torn down for new housing development. . It’s also along the roads of Blooming Grove’s two other favorite farming sites, Roe’s Orchards and Pine Hill Farm, and three historic farms that share the Schunnemunk View on Round Hill Road. Some residents spoke of an effort to form a “rural agricultural district” to provide additional protection for these farms and scenic views.
In a public hearing before the March meeting of the City of Blooming Grove Planning Board, David Goldberg, CEO of Future Green Studio, presented his plans for this historic farm and acreage as Future Green Farm. , LLC. This would be the basis of their landscaping work, and the farmhouse would remain “as is”, with space in the house devoted to office work. They promised the community, “By the way, you won’t see any difference in the farm.
Neighboring owners have expressed concerns about potential air, light and noise pollution, particularly with a renovation that would include a carpentry and metal workshop in the barn, which could disrupt the country atmosphere and the nearby biodiversity corridor. They were told that the company continued to operate a store in Brooklyn that would do almost all heavy metal work. Adjacent neighbors were also worried about pesticides that might be used on the acreage that will be used to grow landscape plantings and flowers, especially since they maintain beehives next door.
Goldberg told them, “I assure you that if I were an existing neighbor, I would have exactly the same concerns. In fact, I would also like to have hives of bees. He said no pesticides would be used and the company is committed to being an environmental steward.
That project is still in the hands of the Planning Board, but Goldberg said he hopes that with the finalization of modifications to the driveway to accommodate a limited number of larger trucks, as well as more details on the workshops of wood and metal, they hope to reach approval soon, so that the property’s “under contract” status can be changed to “sold”.
This design firm has an established reputation in New York, as a landscape design firm used for Rockefeller Center as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other award-winning designs, which can be seen at www.futuregreenstudio.com .
(Disclaimer: The writer, Edie Johnson, owns another of Sears’ historic farms, set up in 1810, on Round Hill Rd.)