Hunt Hill Farm is the combination of two historic New Milford farms, Hine and Buckingham. They encompass a significant collection of well-preserved farm architecture historically associated with the nineteenth-century development of the dairy industry in the western hills of Connecticut and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1968, Skitch Henderson, founder of the New York Pops orchestra and beloved radio & television personality, and his wife Ruth, a writer, chef and entrepreneur, fell in love with the property and purchased it a few days later. Building by building, they converted the two farms into a much-beloved cooking school, art gallery, museum and kitchen store. People came from all over to experience the unique collection of buildings and their unique transformation into new uses.
In 2003, 83 acres of Hunt Hill Farm were preserved by the “Hendersons”, in collaboration with the Town of New Milford, the USDA, CT DEP, the Trust for Public Land, and the Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust. The Town of New Milford now owns an 83-acre portion of the Hunt Hill Farm, which is managed as a town open space and active farmland. Hunt Hill Farm Trust was now able to reach and serve new audiences. This beautiful property became a 501(c)(3) non-profit. The protection of the next 44-acre portion of Hunt Hill Farm was completed in 2006. The Silo legacy the Henderson’s left the town is a place for one to learn, experience and enjoy.
With the passing of its founders – Skitch in 2005 and Ruth in 2014 – Hunt Hill Farm is undergoing yet another transformation. The board recently approved a new mission: “To cultivate love of land, food and the arts” and is working with staff on developing compelling new programming to serve the needs of the surrounding community. Using the well-known cooking school as its anchor, the organization plans to engage people in the long-lost art of connection. With innovative programs such as The New Milford High School Culinary Arts Program (coming in 2017) and KitchEncounters!, The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm seeks to educate and inspire change using the cooking school as a conduit for a more peaceful and creative world.
The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a love of land, food and the arts. Through educational programs and innovative classes, we highlight the role of the kitchen as a hub to strengthen individual, family and community bonds. We value connection-the old-fashioned kind-and look to inspire change using the culinary, artistic and outdoor environments as experiential conduits for a more creative and peaceful world.