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Who Lives on our Farm?

Meet our farm residents during Vermont’s Open Farm Week: cuddle a chicken, hug a lamb, pet a horse. Learn what makes each animal unique and how we take care of them.   Preregister here for the Who Lives on Our Farm Program.

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Farm Chores for Children

On Thursday afternoons through the summer, children (and their adult companion) may join the farm staff at Merck Forest & Farmland Center for daily chores. Youngsters may feed the horses, pick berries, collect eggs and perform other tasks. These farm-centered “workshops” are designed to introduce children to simple farm routines and products, and to meet …

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Recap on Lambing

The lambs are all here! We greeted the last one to arrive on Saturday, April 19th—a little guy with jet-black wool and a very protective mama. All of our ewes and their babies are now out on the hillside behind the maintenance building, enjoying the fresh grass and warming weather. Stop by and see the …

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Lambing is Not Far Away

With sleigh rides and new apprentices dominating the posts lately, the sheep have not really been in the limelight. However, lambing is just around the corner. The ewes have a gestation period of roughly 5 months. They were bred in the fall, and their lambs are due to begin dropping on March 15, or thereabouts. …

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