Ready to shake off those winter blues? Head on over to Primrose Farm on Saturday, April 7 from 12-4pm for the free, annual “Springtime on the Farm” festival of events, demonstrations and old-fashioned fun that celebrates the best of this burgeoning season.
There’s much to do and see during this busy time of year, and the Primrose Farmers would love a helping hand as they ready the farm for warmer weather. Guests of all ages are welcome to join in the fun as they shell corn from the fall harvest for use as livestock food or make butter for human consumption. The gardens have been prepared for planting so seeds are ready to be sown into freshly furrowed fields.
These types of chores are typical of what a historic farmer would tackle at this time of year. Through interactive hands-on demonstrations and engaging learning activities, visitors can not only observe but also participate in various behind-the-scenes tasks.
And not only are the farm’s human residents getting ready for the change of season, animals, too, are actively looking to get out of the barn and into the pastures. Primrose Farm is home to an array of livestock, including two new miniature donkey siblings named Waylon and Willie and two Nigerian Dwarf goat brothers named Merle and Norman.
“We are planning on featuring the donkeys and goats for spring programs such as grooming, our Adopt-an-Animal program and other outreach programs for younger children or for those who are intimidated by our larger livestock, such as our Jersey cows and Belgian draft horses” said Alison Jones, Manager of Farm Programs and Interpretive Services. The Farm is also home to Columbian Wyandotte chickens and Shropshire sheep.
Primrose Farm also offers a unique way for children to engage with history, explore agriculture and examine the natural world. Even the littlest farmer can become a protector of the past, an advocate for animals and a steward of the environment. To become a Junior Farmer, kids of all ages can pick up an activity book in the farm office. Booklets cost $2 and are available Monday to Saturday from 8am-3pm. After collecting their booklet, potential Junior Farmers will tour the site – visiting animals, completing puzzles and finding hidden clues. Once all the required activities are completed, the book can be returned to the office where a Primrose Farmer will check the work and award the new Junior Farmer their very own Primrose Farm Junior Farmer bandana!
For more information, contact Alison Jones at 630-513-4374.