Families Invited to ‘Meet the Lambs’ This Saturday at Merck Forest & Farmland Center
Meet the newborn lambs at Merck Forest and Farmland Center (MFFC) on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. This annual, family-friendly event celebrates spring and serves as the official start to MFFC’s production season on its 62-acre farmstead, where they raise sheep, pigs and chickens and produce 1,000 gallons of organic maple syrup each year! Besides having the chance to meet the new crop of farm animals, you’ll also see sheep and horses as they graze in their pastures, touch and/or hold the farm’s chickens, hop on a tractor-drawn wagon ride and get an up-close look at the farm’s tractors and other equipment. While you’re there, you can also look for new aquatic life in Page Pond, explore Environment and Ecosystem Touch Tables, check out a cross-cut saw demonstration, get your face painted and express yourself at an Art Mural installation. As always, the barns, saphouse and Visitor Center will be open to the general public – as well as 30 miles of hiking trails. Learn all about healthy micro greens from Flower Brook Meadows Farm in Pawlet, get information on composting, or take part in a seed swap; bring yours, share them and take some. You’ll also enjoy food prepared by Harwood Homestead in Pownal and Earth Sky Time Community Farm in Manchester; family friendly snacks, light bites and beverages will be available.
Merck’s working farmstead offers place-based, experiential learning opportunities and is used by 13 regional school districts and over 1,500 students annually as an outdoor classroom and learning center. Pre K-12 schools, area colleges and higher learning centers come to learn about farming, forestry, soil health, climate change and ecosystem management. MFFC will begin installing its Children’s Garden soon, and all are welcome to help out. Their raspberry and blueberry bushes will be ready for pick-your-own mid-summer. MFFC is offering summer kids’ camps in July and August.
Merck Forest and Farmland Center is on a mission to inspire curiosity, love and respect for the natural and working lands.
General admission is a suggested donation of $3 per person. Members are important partners in helping MFFC remain open and free to the public 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. You can learn all about becoming a Member and get more information at merckforest.org.