Celebrating 25 Years of Open Farm Day at Sunny Valley Preserve

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.

  • Saturday, Sept. 23rd 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • 8 Sunny Valley Lane, New Milford, CT 06776
  • For more information or to volunteer, contact Laura Shail. (860) 355-3716 or lshail@tnc.org

New this year! Start your day with a brunch-in-the-barn catered by Executive Cuisine. Menu includes Baked Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Frittatas, Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Fresh Fruit & Green Salads, Fresh-Baked Breads and Muffins. Reserve your spot today!


Stepping onto The Nature Conservancy’s Sunny Valley Preserve in New Milford is like stepping back in time. It is a picturesque setting of rustic, working farms that produce fresh, sustainable food for local residents and visitors alike. Once a year, the community joins to celebrate this special place during Open Farm Day—an event that is now in its 25th year.

“We look forward to this event every year,” says Sunny Valley Preserve director Wayne Woodard. “It’s a Conservancy tradition providing a chance for every member of the community to celebrate conservation and Connecticut’s agricultural history—and to see how agriculture will continue to play a role in the state’s future.”

There is evidence of farming here that stretches back almost a thousand years, and at Open Farm Day, visitors are treated to a host of activities inspired by this history. This year we are celebrating the anniversary of this with some new visitors and activities along with some of the old favorites.

NEW this year:

  • Pony Rides
  • Face Painting
  • New Petting Zoo
  • Border Collie Herding demonstrations with ducks - followed by a meet & greet the dogs & ducks
  • Kids “barnyard” where they can collect eggs from the chickens, milk a cow and hear a story about Brooding
  • Oxen demonstrations
  • Sheep coiffing demonstrations
  • Chainsaw Wood Carvings demonstrations
  • Music by The Blue Yodels

Returning Activities include: Free kids games, Dissect an owl pellet, temporary tattoos, hayrides, pumpkin painting, visit with The Pratt Nature Center’s African spurred tortoise, Bruno, Mike’s Bee Hives, Saw Milling demonstrations, and much, much more!

Sunny Valley would like to thank the sponsors who have allowed us to keep this an admission free event:

  • Joanne & Wayne Woodard
  • Kohl’s Department Store
  • Marandola Fuel Services
  • New Milford Youth Agency
  • Overhead Door of Brookfield
  • Stone Construction
  • Stop & Shop
  • Sunny Meadow Farm
  • Valpak of Fairfield County
  • Union Savings Bank

Visitors can also hike on trails and learn about nature, land management, and environmentally compatible farming at several observation sites on the property’s 1,850 acres of farmland, forests, wetlands and meadows.

The land, donated by George D. Pratt Jr. in 1970, was conserved under the condition that the farms be kept in agriculture as long as possible. Today, about 650 acres of the preserve are in active agriculture.

 

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