Kate Vengrove takes the reins at Hunt Hill
Published 4:37 pm, Wednesday, May 6, 2015
The Hunt Hill Farm Trust, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating love of land, food, and the arts, has a new director.
Vengrove is expected to oversee the fundraising, programming and strategic planning for The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm, in the Northville district of New Milford.
"We are thrilled to have Kate lead our team here at The Silo," said Scott Mulhare, Hunt Hill's treasurer. "She has a wonderful background of experience, as well as a broad knowledge and passion for all things that encompass who we are -- music, art, cuisine, and community. It's a fresh start here at 44 Upland Road, and we welcome Kate's vision and enthusiasm as we usher in a new chapter for The Silo."
Vengrove previously served as the director of the annual fund and special events at Forman School in Litchfield.
She brings with her a love for the Litchfield Hills and an appreciation of the arts and local nonprofit organizations, Mulhare said.
She previously worked at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania as assistant development director and at the Barrington Stage Company in Great Barrington, Mass. as an administrative assistant.
"The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm is a community gem, and I'm humbled to be a steward of Ruth and Skitch Henderson's love for this special place," Vengrove said. "I look forward to working with the board and staff to maintain its rich heritage, and develop new programming that ensures the Hendersons' vision lasts for generations to come."
Vengrove's love for the arts includes active participation with several singing groups, among them the choir at First Congregational Church in Washington, the Connecticut Master Chorale in Danbury, and the Kent Singers, where she also is a board member.
She also has a passion for cooking. Hunt Hill Farm Trust recently welcomed back Sandy Daniels as the the Silo's cooking school director.
"Sandy worked with Ruth for years and her return is a true gift," Vengrove said. "She naturally incorporates the history, stories and heritage of the Hendersons into each class and conversation. Sandy cares about every detail, and is passionate about the Silo's renaissance."
Vengrove will focus on programming to encourage and integrate the three main passions of the Hendersons -- land, food and the arts.
With an emerging local food and farm movement gaining traction in Litchfield County, the organization also will explore educational and community building programs to tap into the community's interest. Additionally, she expects to seek opportunities to build the Silo's profile for private events and custom cooking classes.
"The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm is the perfect spot for special occasions such as birthdays, showers, and weddings," Vengrove said. "We are thrilled to have been chosen as the location for a handful of weddings this summer."
The Silo will next host a "Love of the Vine" wine and beer tasting June 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Silo Gallery to benefit children's music programming.
For more information, visit hunthillfarmtrust.org.