Mark your calendar! Sept.28 is the 21st annual Open Farm Day at The Nature Conservancy’s Sunny Valley Preserve. Take a hay ride, pet farm animals, play a game and enjoy a wide selection of delectable goodies at Sunny Valley Preserve, a more than 1,850-acre preserve that straddles the Housatonic River in New Milford and Bridgewater.
This year’s event will run from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28th. Admission is free. Just head over to 8 Sunny Valley Lane, New Milford; we’ll see you there!
Check out wool spinning with Cathy Setterlin—a member of the farm’s advisory committee and longtime volunteer—or maple-syrup making with the New Milford Youth Agency. Dissect an owl pellet with “How Cool is That?!” or talk with Ernie Belmont, a local bee keeper. You can also visit with guests from The Pratt Nature Center and explore their nature displays. Before you leave, make sure to stop by and visit with one of the Sunny Valley Preserve’s farm tenants, Nature View Farm. They’ll be offering fresh produce for sale. Don’t forget to guess the weight of the giant pumpkin!
Last year, more than 1,000 people stopped by and joined the fun.
“Open Farm Day has been made possible through the generosity of our sponsors and the volunteers that make it happen” said Wayne Woodard, the preserve’s manager. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase the work that we are doing here and to share our common farming heritage.”
Sponsors include Rotary Club of New Milford, Marandola Fuel Services, RAC Diesel Service and Union Savings Bank.
Sunny Valley Preserve was founded in 1970, when George D. Pratt Jr. donated multiple parcels of agricultural and natural lands to The Nature Conservancy. One condition of Pratt’s gift is that the farms be kept in agriculture as long as possible. Today, about 650 acres of the preserve are in active agriculture. The farms, leased by independent farmers, are privately-operated businesses. Farmers at the preserve grow diverse crops and sell most products locally, providing locally-grown food and enhancing the local economy.
Open Farm Day is rain or shine. Click here for more information or call the preserve at (860) 355-3716.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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