When most people think of Newport, RI, they think of the decadent “summer” mansions sprinkled along the coast, and the yacht parties with the nation’s wealthiest families; for example, the Vanderbilts, Astors or the Wideners, to name a few. However, as the production crew drove over the Claiborne Pell Bridge, KG and Ringy were excited about the opportunity to find something far more rare than the jewels of the “gilded age”. This time they were on a mission to find some old CIV aka Civil War nectar at the site of a former infirmary. And, as amazing as that goal sounded, we discovered that the site was rich with far more history than we had even anticipated!
So where was this amazing nectar sector of historic glory? The Swiss Village Farm Foundation, or SVF for short! SVF has an incredible initiative, and it’s truly a one-of-a-kind place.
“SVF Foundation preserves germplasm (semen and embryos) from rare and endangered breeds of food and fiber livestock. In collaboration with Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, SVF elevates rare-breed conservation to a new level, through the cryopreservation of germplasm. Collecting 200 embryos and 3,000 straws of semen per breed, SVF will be able to reawaken a breed, with its full genetic diversity, within one generation. This library of frozen material is vital to the protection of the world’s food supply.” – http://svffoundation.org/about/
The rolling hillside basks in a golden glow at sunset, while Arapawa Goats and Navajo-Churro Sheep frolic past for their evening chow. The Guard Lamas were particularly curious about KG and Ringy as they strolled through the fields and detected for lost CIV. As team the Diggers crew began to unpluck the sweet nectar, their cries of victory were quickly returned by a frightened goat telling them to keep it down. Truly, the site was some kind of serene paradise.
Interestingly enough, there’s one more twist! Not only did these 45 acres once support wounded soldiers and now rare heritage breeds of livestock… but it’s the same fields where young Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis would play in the fields and practice as a budding equestrienne. That’s right! SVF was also next to, and once a portion of, the Hammersmith Farm; AKA, “the summer white house” for the Kennedys! Simply incredible.