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 26th year.
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 this year with some new visitors and activities along with some of the old favorites.
- Pony Rides
- Face Painting
- Petting Zoo
- Border Collie Herding demonstrations - followed by a meet & greet the dogs & ducks. Also, hands on experience learning how to herd the ducks and work with the dogs!
- Kids “barnyard” where they can collect eggs from the chickens, milk a cow
- Sheep coiffing demonstrations
- Chainsaw Wood Carvings demonstrations
- Music by The Blue Yodels
Returning Activities include: Free kid’s games, face painting, temporary tattoos, hayrides, pumpkin painting, visit with The Pratt Nature Center’s African spurred tortoise, Saw Milling demonstrations, and much, much more!
For those wanting to make a family day of the event, the New Milford Youth Agency will be selling lunch, including organic hamburgers, hot dogs, salads and vegetarian fare. Fresh Vegetables will also be available for sale. Shop the Country Corner for one of a kind hand painted pieces and custom orders. If it’s something “fuzzy” you’re looking for, stop by Wells Valley Cat Sanctuary, Inc. and find a forever friend to adopt!
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.
For more information on this event contact: Laura Shail - (860) 355-3716 or firstname.lastname@example.org