Hello! Let me start by introducing myself as well as the property. My name is Sophie Saltonstall Robinson, and I'm the founder of the Robinwood Center. My grandfather, Dr. Henry Saltonstall, bought the 100 acre farm plot around 1950, and was known in Stratham for being the town doctor. When my mother, Caroline Saltonstall, grew up on the farm, she used to ride her horses around the main roads of Stratham. When I was 3, my parents bought the farm from my grandparents and my parents started an organic pick your own berry farm - Berry Hill Farm, which was a wonderful way for families in the community to get to know each other while picking their own organic fruit. Now that my grandparents and parents ashes are spread on the property, I owe them their legacy of giving back to the community. I am very fortunate to have inherited money in addition to the farm to support the operations of the farm and my family. I take this privilege seriously and dedicate all of my time and energy toward using my money and access to resources for the betterment of the world. In philanthropy (which I prefer to call "redistribution"), my focus areas are on racial justice, indigenous justice, and climate justice. About six years ago I had the dream of starting a community center at the farm where I grew up. The whole concept of the Robinwood Center is about giving back to the community. I have had the privilege of a top tier education, work experience, and have a youthful passion to leave the world in better shape - and I want to bring those benefits to my community here in Stratham. I see the harms of living in a society where we are treated differently depending on our gender, the color of our skin, our political affiliation, how much money we have, or where we live. I believe we can work toward a world where people are respected for who they are, not what kind of status they have.
We need a place where people can come together across those differences to see how much we have in common. The Robinwood Center will be that space. We will open our doors for difficult conversations about race, politics, and class. We will provide spaces for groups like veterans to hold meetings and events. We will open our woods so that local kids can walk to CMS safely.
The Robinwood Center rents space from the Saltonstall Farm. The Robinwood Center is the non-profit branch of the farm- everything mission aligned is through the Robinwood Center. The Saltonstall Farm is a working for-profit farm and can host for profit, non-mission related events, which helps keep Robinwood Center costs low. If you're interested in renting the space for a private event starting in spring 2020, please see the Saltonstall Farm website. The barn is unheated so the months of operation are April 1st - October 31st.