CBS Celebrated 40 Years with A Day on the Farm

  1. CBS Celebrated 40 Years with family friendly activities like this bounce house
  2. CBS Celebrates 40 Years with a performance by Brian Dallas Fields
  3. A family enjoys a snow cone and ices at Cultivating Dreams Farm
  4. CBS Celebrated 40 Years with a demonstration by Police Dog Flash
  5. CBS Celebrated 40 Years with speech by CEO Vicki Sylvester
  6. CBS Celebrated 40 Years with a demonstration by Deputy Hill and police dog Flash of Putnam County Sheriff's Office
  7. Produce grown on Cultivating Dreams Farm for sale at CBS's 40th anniversary celebration
CBS Celebrated 40 Years with a demonstration by Police Dog Flash

Photo by John Halpern

Community Based Services (CBS), celebrated 40 years of serving people with disabilities in the Hudson Valley and Taconic regions. The nonprofit parent organization of Cultivating Dreams celebrated its 40th anniversary with the relaunch of Cultivating Dreams Farm on August 26.

Relaunch of Cultivating Dreams Farm

Community Based Services (CBS), celebrated 40 years of serving people with disabilities in the Hudson Valley and Taconic regions. The nonprofit parent organization of Cultivating Dreams celebrated its 40th anniversary
with the relaunch of Cultivating Dreams Farm on August 26. Over 100 people registered for the event, which showcased the completion of new recreational learning spaces.

A family enjoys a snow cone and ices at Cultivating Dreams Farm

Photo by John Halpern

The event kicked off with the planting of a King Crimson Maple tree, donated by Hardscrabble
Farms in North Salem, to commemorate the 40th  anniversary and the founder of CBS, Kevin
McCarthy.
CBS Celebrated 40 Years with speech by CEO Vicki Sylvester
“Kevin McCarthy taught me that what can be conceived can be created,” said CEO Vicki Sylvester
during her speech. She recounted the fact that at its beginning in 1981, CBS served eight people in
Pound Ridge, NY. Today CBS serves over 500 people in Dutchess, Westchester, and Putnam
Counties. With its accessible greenhouses and barn, Cultivating Dreams follows the mission of
McCarthy to remove barriers for people with disabilities.

“This is a place for all people of all abilities to come and enjoy the beautiful environment, to feel welcomed and loved for many more years to come.”

CEO Vicki Sylvester

 

CBS Celebrated 40 Years with family friendly activities like this bounce house

Photo by John Halpern

CBS Celebrated 40 Years with Family Friendly Activities

CBS celebrated 40 years with family friendly activities and events, and the opportunity for visitors to
meander and explore all that Cultivating Dreams farm has to offer. In addition to group tours of the facilities and programs, visitors enjoyed a bouncy house, face painting, sensory table, and seed planting. They explored the gardens and greenhouse, built for horticultural and vocational programs, and participated in therapeutic arts in the renovated barn. The newly constructed basketball and bocce courts were available for games. Popcorn, snow cones, an ice cream truck and freshly grilled burgers satisfied appetites.

CBS Celebrated 40 Years with a demonstration by Deputy Hill and police dog Flash of Putnam County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Hill and Police Dog Flash from Putnam County Sheriff’s K9 Unit | Photo by John Halpern

Entertainment and community vendors rounded out the planned activities for a fun filled day.
For instance, BluePath autism service dogs interacted with visitors and the Dutchess SPCA was on hand to help
people explore pet adoption. Then Deputy Hill of the Putnam Sheriff’s Office brought Flash, a
bloodhound in the K9 unit for a lively interactive demonstration. In addition, music by guitarist Brian Dallas
Fields, his dog Buck, and his therapy animals were enjoyed by people of all ages. CBS’s social
enterprise, Good Reasons Dog Treats offered free samples and healthy dog snacks for sale. CBS’s
supported employment program sold produce grown at the farm.
CBS Celebrates 40 Years with a performance by Brian Dallas Fields

Brian Dallas Field performs with help from the audience | Photo by John Halpern

About Cultivating Dreams

Cultivating Dreams provides a holistic farm-to-table learning experience for people with autism and developmental disabilities, emphasizing a strong connection to the environment through agricultural work, as well as the joy of preparing nutritious meals using the harvest. There is a need for opportunities for people with disabilities, who often thrive in a natural and serene setting, for vocational and life skills development as well as athletic activities and community inclusion. The programs at Cultivating Dreams are designed to meet this need. In addition to activities on our recreational farm, our participants are empowered in their volunteer work with Dutchess Outreach, Meals on Wheels, the Food Bank of Hudson Valley, as well as local senior centers and churches.

Produce grown on Cultivating Dreams Farm for sale at CBS's 40th anniversary celebration

Photo by John Halpern

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