Farm Trail Complete!

Two weekends ago, students from Middlebury College worked on service projects here at Merck Forest.  The final phase of the Farm Trail was one of the projects they completed. In 2012, Chris (trail maintenance coordinator) and various volunteers had started revamping the neglected farm trail, and, with the assistance of the Middlebury students, the connection …

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Continued Maintenance

Carolyn was in the field office several weeks ago ordering a new piece for the mower. Part of the connection to the tractor had fallen off in the field and gone missing. Last Friday, parts all in order, Carolyn worked on putting the mower back together. She was so excited about the mechanics of it—”so …

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It’s All Just Part of the Routine, Apprentices at Merck Forest

Before chores, the farm staff gathers in the maintenance building office. If it’s chillier out, like this morning, mugs of tea and coffee line the table, sending steam curls up into the air. Emilie, Carolyn, and Becca know the routine; they’ve been working this schedule for nearly 8 months as part of their year-long apprenticeship. …

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Where is Everybody? Making Merck Forest Approachable for Visitors

How does Merck Forest get visitors involved in the day-to-day activities of our working landscape? It is not always easy to invite the public into our daily operations: who wants to volunteer to castrate the piglets or de-worm the lambs? How many people have time to follow the implementation of the ten year forest management …

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Being sustainable is not always black and white

Merck Forest, as an education non-profit, is always seeking ways to let members and visitors know what programs, events, and activities are happening here at the farm and forest. As an organization that strives to be sustainable, MFFC struggles to find the most environmentally-friendly ways to publicize the programs, events, and activities.We are constantly looking …

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