Company picnic planning made easy!

February 9th, 2012 by

It’s getting to be that time of year again, the time where your company starts thinking about the company picnic!  Are you the lucky employee in charge of this task and not sure where to start?  Did you inherit this job from another employee that either left the company or no longer wants or has time for this audacious task? The company picnic is much more fun to attend than to plan but complaining or trying to get out of the job can make you look bad.  If  this event does become yours to plan you want to make sure that you start planning well in advance, stay on top of the details, and always plan a back up plan in case the weather doesn’t cooperate.  There is a lot, believe it or not, that goes into the planning of the company picnic and you don’t want to be the person that gets blamed for your co-workers not having a good time!

The most important thing to do is get organized.  Keep a detailed notebook divided into sections such as budget, contracts, food and beverages, invitations, activities and entertainment to keep track of details so when questions arise you have all the answers.  This also helps you to keep aware of what tasks are done and which need to be completed as well as keeping everything in one place.

Company Picnics and Employee Appreciation Party Catering

This will give you an overview of planning–and it will provide an immense aid to you or the person who handles this job next year.  Next you need to find out your picnic budget.  Without knowing what your budget is you simply cannot know where to begin.  The company will give you a limited amount of money to spend and that budget will dictate your decisions.  Once a budget is established and planning started it is important to remember employees spouses and children, will they be included? How about clients if applicable? It is important to get a rough idea of who will be included so that things such as menu, activities and entertainment can start to be planned.  Most company picnics have roughly 80% of those that were invited in attendance.

Worried about where you will have that company picnic?  Will there be enough room, will there be enough things to keep people occupied, what about the kids – will they be occupied!? Liberty Ridge Farm is the perfect place to have your next company picnic!   Not only do we have a wide array of activities for young and old to explore we have tons of room so large or small companies are always welcomed!  The staff at Liberty Ridge Farm will actually help you take some of the work out of the planning process as they work with you to plan every step of your company picnic, so from start to finish you have professional guidance in your picnic planning!  Takes some of the Albany Capital Region Company Picnics and Eventsstress of planning off of your mind, right? Picnics can be held in several places on on the grounds, the event tent nestled in the corn, the NBT tent in Brad’s Barnyard or Camp Celebration.  All picnics get unlimited use of Brad’s Barnyard for the duration of their picnic with fun activities such as the hamster wheels, duck racing and our much talked about and loved jumping pillow!

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If a company also wants to add such activities as pony rides or face painting we know just the people to call to set those up for you!  Worried about food that will make your co-workers rave about until next year’s picnic?  Just let us help, we provide all inclusive picnic packages or we can help you arrange catering from an off-site caterer.  We have everything you need right here at Liberty Ridge Farm for your next company picnic, so stop worrying about planning that picnic and contact us to set up an appointment to get started!

Albany, Saratoga , Clifton Park Fall Family Fun, Liberty Ridge Farm Opening Weekend with a A Farmtastic Corn Festival of family fun in the Albany Capital Region Sept 17th & 18th

September 13th, 2011 by

The carnival spirit continues to grow in Schaghticoke, NY with one of the largest and original cornfield mazes that put Liberty Ridge Farm firmly on the map in the hearts and minds of so many fall time explorers. Liberty Ridge Farm’s Cornfield Maze spans over 11 acres and features a passport game to challenge maze goers with trivia and provides hints and clues to assist in navigating the maze. Liberty Ridge Farm commences their fall festival jamboree September 22nd as the Schaghticoke fair departs the Capital Region. This year the 13th harvest season is jam packed with carnival style shows, agricultural adventures, food delights, themed weekends and much more. The Liberty Ridge Farm Market will have home baked delights such as their signature apple cider donuts, fresh pies, popcorn and kettle corn, caramel apples and a wide selection of fall decorations including; corn stalks, pumpkins, haybales and huge fall mums.

Admission and Hours information to the farm can be found online at

Liberty Ridge Farm continues to evolve their wildly popular fall festival that now includes themed weekend events for friends and families of all ages such as; Family Farm Olympics, Western Days and the Harvest Celebration. The farms rustic and refined personality has cultivated memories for 12 seasons with a corn maze adventure and a barnyard filled with over 20 laugh inspiring activities including, The Amazing Jumping Pillow, Giant Gerbil Wheels and an 80 foot underground slide called The Silver Mine chute. It is easy to spend an entire fall afternoon outdoors with over 55 acres of the farm dedicated to family friendly activities. Liberty Ridge Farm has spacious grounds, delicious food selections, community campfires, age appropriate activities and fall adventures in the Capital Region that warm the soul.

“We couldn’t be more excited for this years season, we got lucky in the Northeast to have such a great growing season and our cornfield maze looks amazing!, said Cynthia Gifford, Owner of Liberty Ridge Farm.” “This year we have added new signature events, shows and outdoor activities, and we also expanded our Harvest Haunted Attraction to include 5 individual haunted elements as we continue to evolve as the Capital Region’s premier agri-tourism destination. We know people come out to the farm for great customer service, delicious foods and just for the animals too, our farm goers see our animals as our mascots, with our pair of golden retrievers Hunter & Chappy greeting families and friends year after year. Brad’s Barnyard full of friends has grown to include Gabby and Rocky the goats, Jack the Donkey and even a horse named Bob, with individual personalities that have captured hearts during our fall harvest. We pride ourselves on exceeding customer expectations year after year with sincere enthusiasm for the fall experience.

Liberty Ridge Farm is the Northeast’s premier agri-tourism destination. Now in their 13th Season, the Farm has expanded, now offering a variation of events that encompass all four seasons. Liberty Ridge Farm has entertained families for 12 years, coming up with new and exciting corn maze designs that continue to delight hearts and minds. From culinary excellence to rustic charm Liberty Ridge Farm is available for fund-raising, corporate events, social gatherings, company picnics, school educational field trips, weddings, sweet sixteen parties and more. Come September the farm hosts its annual Fall Festival featuring the largest and most original cornfield maze in the Albany Capital District and a Barnyard of Adventure. The fall agri-tourism season runs from September 22nd to November 4th offering the public, groups and school field trips a chance to get lost in the corn field maze and share in over 20 farm inspired activities that make for a full day of adventure. Liberty Ridge Farm, the Capital Regions Hidden Treasure that offers food, fun and outdoor adventure entertainment all located in one place.

Liberty Ridge Farm, 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY.

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Liberty Ridge Farm offers WOW Company picnics! Press Release April 2011

April 5th, 2011 by

SCHAGHTICOKE, NY (04/05/2011)(readMedia)– If you’re looking for a WOW Company Picnic that friends, families and employees will rave about, look no further than Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, NY.

Liberty Ridge Farm, the leading agritourism destination in upstate New York, today announced its new American Barbecue picnic package!

“We are excited to offer new packages each year as we grow” said Cynthia Gifford, Owner of Liberty Ridge Farm. “Companies get a WOW picnic experience as our events team attends to each detail ensuring the event is memorable for all ages.”

There are 4 packages and additional farm-tastic add-ons that range from pony rides to hot air balloon rides making each event unique and customizable. All picnic packages include admission to Brad’s Barnyard adventure that has over 20 laugh inspiring outdoor experiences for all ages.

With catchy packages like the American Barbecue that includes tasty hot dogs & hamburgers; the Hudson Valley, Southern or Southwest Barbecues that include slow smoked barbecue ribs, pulled pork and brisket; Liberty Ridge Farm Company Picnics are sure to touch many hearts.

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At Liberty Ridge Farm, we grow memories. Liberty Ridge Farm is an agricultural tourism destination and working farm on the historic Hoosic River. The Gifford Family hosts a Fall Festival featuring the Capital Region’s original cornfield maze and also features Brad’s Barnyard of family fun adventure and special events. The 2011 Fall Season begins September 17th and runs through November 6th. The Farm is available for Educational Field Trips, Weddings, Company Picnics and Special Events.

Liberty Ridge Farm, 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY.

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5 Great Reasons to Hold a Company Picnic

March 28th, 2011 by

Albany, NY — Mar 21, 2011 / ( — With companies trying to find ways to reward their loyal employees in a tough economy, Liberty Ridge Farm – the leading agritourism destination in upstate New York – today announced the top five reasons to hold a company picnic.

“There are lots of reasons to have a company picnic this year,” said Cynthia Gifford Owner of Liberty Ridge Farm. “Perhaps the best reason is to provide a bonding experience throughout your company among your employees and bosses. The other major advantage of a company picnic is it brings the employees families together to meet and play with each other. Once you have run the 3 legged race with a co-worker, you will definitely get to know them better! When you return to the workplace, you will remember your experiences, and build that experience into your everyday working respect for each other.”

5 — A company picnic helps to build company morale

4 — A company picnic shows appreciation for employee and their efforts

3 — A company picnic shows a commitment to employees and their families

2 — A company picnic helps strengthen teamwork

1 — The number one reason to have a company picnic is to have fun!

The benefits of a company picnic are significant. A company picnic can increase the morale in the office as employees feel appreciated and enjoy a day out of the office. They can also allow open interaction between executives and employees in a non-intimidating environment. Company picnics also allow employees to network within the company with other employees that they might not interact with on a daily basis.

“A Summer or Fall company picnic at Liberty Ridge Farm consists of quality food and quality fun. You can choose from our amazing picnic packages and enjoy all the adventure the farm has to offer. There are gathering spaces to fit any size group and we can customize to fit your needs.” concluded Gifford.

Liberty Ridge Farm Presents at National MAiZE Conference

March 7th, 2011 by

Albany, NY — Mar 07, 2011 /  – The Capital Region’s premier agritourism destination, was a presenter at the national MAiZE conference held February 24th — 27th  in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“We were honored to be chosen as a presenter at the national MAiZE conference,” said Cynthia Gifford, Owner of Liberty Ridge Farm. “Over 350 attendees were at the conference representing just about every state in the union.”
For over 11 years the MAiZE organization has held conferences and provided information to farms throughout the United States to help them promote their corn mazes and argritourism business’
“We were asked to present to the conferences attendees about the necessity of providing food to your guest. At Liberty Ridge Farm we are very proud of the quality of the food that we provide to our guests which is all prepared at our farm and is of the best quality,” said Gifford.
Liberty Ridge Farm is an agricultural tourism destination and working farm on the historic Hoosic River. The Gifford Family hosts a Fall Festival featuring the Capital Region’s original cornfield maze, Brad’s Barnyard of family fun adventure and special events.
“The conference was an amazing success and offered us the opportunity to network with hundreds of farms throughout the US and compare notes  so we can offer our guest the best experience possible,” concluded Gifford.

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