Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm Joins the #GivingTuesday Movement
Support Community Stewardship and Urban Agriculture in Albany, New York
Since 2017, a small flock of sheep have been used to manage invasive species in Tivoli Lake Preserve. The project was known as Tivoli Preserve Community Farm (TPCF) and had funding, support, and cooperation from the City of Albany and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. What began as a project focused on utilizing sheep to manage invasive species within the preserve grew into a space for urban agriculture, community stewardship, art, and environmental justice in the Arbor Hill and West Hill neighborhoods of Albany, NY. After two years, Tivoli Preserve Community Farm joined forces with Friends of Tivoli Lake, a group made up of community members who similarly advocated for the health and revitalization of the preserve. In April 2019, the organization became a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit under the new name of "Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve and Farm, Inc. (FTLPF)."
The funding that started the project from the City of Albany and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has ended. FTLPF is participating in #GivingTuesday to encourage individuals to ensure that even more habitat restoration work can be done in the preserve using animals, and that they remain well-cared for. The community farm is home to 19 sheep, two alpacas, and a flock of chickens. Caring for them includes keeping their shots and vaccinations current, providing hay, straw, minerals, and supplemental grain. It also covers the costs for shearing the animals yearly. This fiber is processed into yarn and used for educational programs. Providing the bare necessities for the farm animals, at about $11,000 a year, is one of the largest expenses for FTLPF.
Building upon #GivingTuesday's collective spirit of giving, they have launched the Spon-SHEAR A Sheep Campaign. Donors receive a certificate of adoption for symbolically adopting a sheep. Donors who give $100 or more receive a skein of wool from the sheep and alpacas.
"Please consider sponsoring a sheep this holiday season," says Board President, John O'Grady. "Your donation will go a long way toward helping habitat restoration and urban agriculture in a community that too often is overlooked."
Friends of Tivoli Lake Preserve, Inc.