Photo credit: Aaron Asis
The Queens County Farm Museum is set to reopen its 47 acres to the public on Sunday after temporarily closing in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Along with the reopening, Queens Farm will also unveil its first-ever site-specific art installation: Cover Crop by the artist Aaron Asis. The half-acre artwork includes a “planted composition” with crisscrossing paths, letting visitors discover the farm’s cover crops, including sweet peas, buckwheat, and rye.
Photo credit: Queens County Farm Museum
The artwork is meant to provide a “calming, peaceful, and meditative experience,” for visitors, while jumpstarting conversations about dormant agriculture and sustainability, according to the artist.
“And, as the realities associated with our new normal continue to challenge our ways of interacting with each other and with the world around us, it is more important than ever before to create new ways to stay connected, support each other, and share safe, meaningful, and inspiring human experiences,” Asis said in a statement.
Cover Crop will run from Sunday, August 2 through August 9. Visitors can also feed goats, meet farmers at the Grown on LI Farmers Market (which will host 10 vendors from Long Island farms), take a hayride, and shop at the Farm Store.
While the historic grounds boasts plenty of outdoor space for guests to stay safe and distanced from others, Queens Farm will require face coverings when needed, limit the number of visitors allowed in the store, and recommend cash-free transactions.
“We have been thinking about reopening day since we closed in March due to the COVID-19 health crisis,” Jennifer Walden Weprin, executive director of the Queens County Farm Museum, said. “Queens Farm’s 47-acre urban farm and historic site is a tranquil place that connects visitors to the land and the history of New York City. We are eager to welcome the public back – socially distanced but together – during this difficult time as a place of nature, healing and enrichment.”
Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Find more details on the reopening and for health guidelines and protocols here.
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