TCFD: A Month of Discovery

Dear Friends,

Spring is here to stay – we can feel it! Our 2024 CSA sign-up has launched, the students and residents here are out and about on the farm, and so much more.

We’re thrilled to share with you a recap of the past few weeks.

Autism Awareness Week: Learnings and Honors for The Center for Discovery 

Autism Awareness Week

All of us here at The Center for Discovery acknowledged World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd and the incredible autism community, including families and caregivers who work day in and day out to increase advocacy and support on behalf of all individuals with autism.

As we kicked off a week full of awareness for TCFD and the entire autism community, we were thrilled to be honored at Autism Speaks’ annual Celebrity Chef Gala. During the event, our President & CEO, Dr. Terry Hamlin, spoke on our collaboration with Autism Speaks, our HealthE6® Model, our Food is Medicine® philosophy, and the upcoming opening of our state-of-the-art Children’s Specialty Hospital.

And just two days later, a group from The Center attended the Autism Science Foundation’s 11th annual Day of Learning alongside family members, individuals with autism, advocates, researchers, and more. During the event, TCFD’s Executive Vice President of Development, Marketing, and Strategic Communications, Michael Rosen, was honored for his outstanding work and advocacy in the field.

What a week!

Get your Greens: Sign-up for the 2024 CSA! 

It’s that time of year again where we turnip the beet! That’s right, you can sign-up now for your annual Thanksgiving Farm® CSA share.

The Thanksgiving Farm CSA runs from the end of May through the end of October, offering community members a weekly pick up of biodynamic and certified organic vegetables harvested just hours before to ensure the highest levels of quality and freshness available. The share will consist of at least 6-8 different vegetables per week. The full share, priced at $720, is sized for a family of 4, while the half-share, priced at $425, is sized for 1-2 people. You also have the option of adding a bread share for pick up each week, as well.

For more information and to sign up, click here.

Dr. Terry Hamlin Sharing The Center’s Work with Local Communities

TCFD President and CEO, Dr. Terry Hamlin, was recently featured on Catskills News Talk where she highlighted her 40 year career in the field and The Center’s commitment to the local community. Additionally, she spoke of The Center’s upcoming Children’s Specialty Hospital which will serve as a vital resource for all of New York State. She explained that the Hospital will offer essential assistance to families in great need of support for their children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other complex developmental conditions. This has been a long-awaited goal of The Center’s and Dr. Hamlin thanked Senator Chuck SchumerGovernor Kathy Hochul, and Kerri E. Neifeld, Commissioner of New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities for their incredible support of the Hospital, and for making it a reality, along with caring for and advocating for Sullivan County and other rural communities.  Listen in here.

Way to Go, Scout!


After less than 10 months out of the shelter, Scout passed his behavioral assessment and Canine Good Citizen testing, and became an official member of The Center for Discovery’s

Facility Dog team! And just recently, our facility dogs Sully, Hurley, Monti, and Scout all passed their annual testing with our canine behavior consultant to ensure that they are safe to work with TCFD’s students and residents, and are maintaining obedience and behavioral standards.

ICYMI, here’s Scout’s recent feature in the Sullivan County Democrat!

What a team of paw-some pups!

Attitude With Intention

Our With Intention series is going strong! Next up? Attitude.

Did you know that a positive attitude can dramatically reduce stress due to many psychological and physiological factors? Some of these include:

  • Emotional Regulation
  • Improved Sleep
  • Mindfulness and Relaxation
  • Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills
  • …and more!

For more information on this series, as well as past installments, click here.

Sweet Hill Babies

All the (Sweet Hill) Babies!

This kidding season at The Center for Discovery was certainly one for the books – and the team at Sweet Hill survived to tell the story! In total, 10 does give birth to 27 babies (13 does and 14 bucks), and as you can imagine, it was all hands on deck as both residents and students took part in all aspects of the season.

Beloved resident, Patrick, was there to witness his goat, Bernice give birth to two healthy doelings, which he named Lucky and Charm in honor of their St Patrick’s Day birth. He also helped tend to the newborns, dipping their navels in iodine to keep them safe from germs and giving Bernice a well-deserved bucket of warm molasses water. Other residents here at TCFD, along with students from the Big Barn, truly worked around the clock to feed and snuggle all the new babies, as well as milk the mommas. A very busy and tiring time, but also the best time of the year.

Hurleyville is Hoppin - Forage and Gather

Hurleyville is Hoppin’!

Spring in Hurleyville is moving right along and all of us at The Center are thrilled to be out and about as the sun shines and the temps rise! A few updates from our favorite hamlet:

  • Forage & Gather is now open 7 days per week, from 8am to 5pm. Stop by for custom sandwiches, bites to go, scrumptious snacks, tasty barista beverages like lattes, flavored cold brew, fresh salads, and more.
  • The Rail Trail is alive and ready for your walking, jogging, and biking needs! Morgan Outdoors and Fortress Bikes can help you with the gear you need as you head into a new season.
  • All That Glitters is Old just added new spring/summer wardrobe staples! Head on over for skirts, shorts, dresses, cover-ups, breezy tops, and more! You name it, they got it!
  • Fiber on Main just launched their brand new website. Check it out here.
  • Follow @VisitHurleyville for more and of course, www.VisitHurleyville.org