After the most successful fund-raising year in our history, we have a contract to repair the landmark red barn on Joppa Hill Road. We are happy to announce that because so many families, business leaders and civic-minded individuals in Bedford and beyond, we are able to bring the barn back for agricultural use. The work is scheduled to start this month.
Although we did raise enough money to repair the barn, our contractor has advised us that saving all of the silos and bringing the barn to the standard for classroom use were not cost-effective. So when you come to visit the farm, please be advised that the barn is for animals, staff members and volunteers only for the time being. We intend a separate fund-raising campaign to add classroom space, but that will come in due time. And although we hate to see any of the silos go, the fact is that they have not been used in years and we can take them down now for less than it would cost to remove them in the future.