NEW MILFORD — The Silo at Hunt Hill Farm is returning to its roots.

The facility’s cooking school will be expanded and the retail store will be downsized as part of an effort to meet the original intentions of Ruth and Skitch Henderson, who opened The Silo Store to offer hard-to-find kitchen gadgets, gift items and specialty food while the cooking school featured celebrity chefs.

“We are on the cusp of a very transformational time here at The Silo,” said Marie O’Neill, co-president of The Hunt Hill Farm board of directors. “By building upon the things that we do best — cooking and teaching — we are creating a place that can truly make a difference. We envision The Silo as an opportunity to join together to learn, reinforce bonds and build relationships that strengthen the fabric of our community.”

A portion of the space now occupied by the store will be converted to an open area that will be available for retreats, meetings and music and art classes. A limited inventory of unique Silo items will be offered at the retail store, which will be renamed Silo Select Shop. Specialty items will be for sale in conjunction with the Silo Cooking School classes.

Items in the store, which is open Wednesday through Sunday, have been reduced by 35 to 50 percent.

A culinary program is planned for local high school students, led by Chef Anne Gallagher, co-founder of Plow-to-Plate and Youth Chef’s programs. A broader range of cooking classes have already started under Sandy Daniels, cooking school director, with “Downton Abbey —The Final Dinner Gong” as well as “Herb Gardening from Container to Garden to Plate” and “Spring in Thailand.”

The Silo will also host author Bob Spitz on April 15 to discuss his book, “Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child,” a biography of the woman who inspired French wines, hors d’oeuvres and other food.

The transition comes as The Silo seeks a new executive director following the resignation last month of Kate Vengrove, who had been overseeing fundraising, programming and strategic planning since last April.

For more information about The Silo, call 860-355-0300 or email info@hunthillfarmtrust.org.

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