Mark your calendar! Sept.15 is the 20th 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, 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. 15. Admission is free. Just head over to 8 Sunny Valley Lane, New Milford, we’ll see you there!
In addition to recreation and food, local crafts demonstrations will be held throughout the day. Check out wool spinning with Cathy Setterlin, a member of the farm’s advisory committee and longtime volunteer; maple-syrup making with the New Milford Youth Agency; and much, much more.
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,” said Wayne Woodard, the preserve’s manager. “This year, we’re celebrating 20 years, and we’re hoping for 20 more.”
This year’s sponsors include: Union Savings Bank, Rotary Club of New Milford, Webster Bank, and Scott’s Landscaping.
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. More information is available at www.nature.org/sunnyvalley or by calling 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.
The Nature Conservancy
Sunny Valley Preserve
New Milford, CT