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Explore woods and farm


August 6, 2014

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to join Morgan Outdoors on Saturday, August 9 to explore the diverse landscape of northern Sullivan County. First, there’s a woodland walk through a shady white pine and hemlock grotto, followed by a tour of Snowdance Farm on a nearby beautiful Catskill mountainside in Livingston Manor.

Participants meet at 10:30 a.m. at the Frick Pond trailhead in Mongaup State Park, for a relaxed hike along a naturally cool woodland trail. The fairly level terrain has rocky, wet patches so sturdy waterproof shoes are recommended. Total distance is 1.5 miles.

The tour continues a few miles west at Snowdance Farm, a small family-run farm with 12 years of experience in the production and sale of natural, pasture-raised meats and poultry (beef, pork, lamb, chicken and turkey). While the property is largely used for raising livestock, there are also fruit-bearing trees and bushes on the farm. Participants are invited to enjoy a handful of blueberries.

Pack a lunch to enjoy on the deck upon arrival at Snowdance Farm, while owners Marc and Susan Jaffe give a short introduction to the farm. Then stroll to the blueberry patch, touring the farming operation along the way. The tour ends at approximately 1 p.m.

To reserve your place, call 845/439-5507. The group is limited to 15; first come, first served. This free program is sponsored by Morgan Outdoors, a partner in Sullivan County TrailKeeper, an online source for public trail information.

Morgan Outdoors, located at 46 Main St., Livingston Manor, has been serving outdoor adventurers since 2005. For more information visit www.morgan-outdoors.com. Check out www.TrailKeeper.org for Sullivan County public trail details.