New Pond Farm's 102 Redding acres, barn citizens and even its unique collection of buildings, is re-introduced to visitors in a spring coming out party on Founders Day, May 14, with special guests including Wind over Wings founder Hope Douglas and her raptor friends. The Farm's lushly green, wide open fields and blooming gardens make a picturesque stage for a slew of seasonal agricultural and educational activities. There is Maypole dancing, Morris (country) dancing, sheep shearing, sheepdog demonstrations, and horse-drawn hayrides with stately Percherons at the helm. The Farm's resident calves, goats, chickens and roosters are on stand by, preening and ready for their show and tell when handlers introduce them and explain how they contribute to this productive hub.
Experts also share the secrets of dairy cow judging, bee business, such as hives and the pollination of the Farm's flowers. Live fiddle music, Celtic and American, fills the air and a delicious fresh, farm lunch keeps energy levels high. Agriculturally inspired crafts using the Farm's bounty, such as making fleece creations and May baskets, are also on the docket.
In 2007, New Pond Farm received state recognition as a Dairy Farm of Distinction. Its development as an educational center was the dream of its owner, actress Carmen Mathews , who bequeathed it to the Redding Land Trust in 1995. In addition to a camp, school programs and its continuous role as an outdoor classroom, the Farm also offers Native American programs featuring an authentically recreated encampment. Founders Day takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 14. The rain date is May 15 from 1-4 p.m. Admission is $5 or $20 per family. For more information, visit the Farm's website .
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