Our Farm Store is open for the season!
New! Junior Farmers Camp
August 22-26, 1:00-3:00pm, for ages 7-11. In this 5-day camp, “junior farmers” will learn all about different aspects of the farm including raising chickens, bees, and other pollinators, gardening and growing crops, farm life throughout the years, and MORE!
Run by farm friend Priscilla Cruz of Cooking Social Club.
Sundays at the Farm
Mark your calendars!
July 10 – Gardening at Home – It’s not too late to plant a garden! Meet with some of the raised bed gardeners at the farm and they will show you how easy it is to grow at home. Plant a sunflower to take home and free seeds are available. The ducks from Aussakita Farms will be visiting!
July 17 – National Ice Cream Day – Learn how to make ice cream! Plus the goats from Aussakita Farms will be visiting!
POSTPONED July 24 – Meet your Local Authors – Vernon and surrounding towns have multiple published authors! Come meet a few of them and hear about the stories they have written. There will be story time and activities with a couple of the children’s authors, including our author in residence, Lori Sanchez, whose new book features Strong Family Farm. And we will have pigs visiting from Aussakita Farms.
July 31 – Raising Chickens – Didn’t get a chance to sign up for our Backyard Chicken Program? Come and learn all about raising chickens and bring all your questions for our farm expert, Alexis Carmicheal. We will also be going over treats that you will be able to offer to our “girls.”
August 7 – Touch a Truck – Come down to the farm to see tractors, tow trucks, firetrucks, and many more vehicles. Kids will also be able to paint a tractor magnet to take home.
August 14 – Canning with Claudia – Ever wonder what you could do with the leftover vegetables from your garden? Our resident canner, Claudia, will demonstrate food preservation and how to can at home. Plus alpacas from Aussakita Farms will be visiting!
August 21 – Bee Talks with Walt – Do you have questions about raising bees at home or wonder how bees make honey? Come down to the farm and our beekeeper, Walt, will answer you questions! Plus you can stop by the store for local honey. Sheep from Aussakita Farms will be visiting!
August 28 – Story Time at the Farm – Come hear a story on the farm! We will be reading different farm stories throughout the day. Children will also have the opportunity to make a bookmark to take home. The ducks from Aussakita Farms will be visiting!
*Please note: For both human and animal safety, the animals from Aussakita farms will be visiting only, no petting or feeding will be allowed.
Strong Family Farm has received funding support for 2022 from CT Humanities that will help us further our mission to provide a historic agricultural education center where children, families, individuals, and community groups can experience an authentic family farm environment.
Connecticut Humanities, the statewide nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), awarded Strong Family Farm a $9,100 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant. This support has allowed us to hire a new Program Director, Katie Riordan Napolitan. Strong Family Farm was one of 624 organizations in Connecticut that was awarded CT Cultural Fund support totaling $16M from CT Humanities. These grants are part of $30.7M of support allocated to the arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits through CTH over the next two years by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont. This will assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public. Six organizations in the Town of Vernon were awarded support.