Wakeman Town Farm
134 Cross Highway, Westport
When we first moved to Fairfield County I thought it’d be fun to grow our own Halloween pumpkin in our little garden next to the fence. I planted one or two seeds and watched its first baby leaves peep out and, eventually, take over the entire patch. In no time, it had clambered up the fence, crawled into the neighbor’s garden, and was poised to take over their entire yard before I hacked it down with an axe. The next day it had become bigger and stronger and was clearly preparing itself for world domination.
Long story short, I’m now the proud farmer of chives, weeds, and an unsettling crop of pale leafy carrots.
Now, I could go to Wakeman “organic demonstration homestead” and learn how to grow vegetables in an environmentally responsible way. Which I easily can, because they offer all sorts of ways to educate people on how not to destroy plants. But they also offer children’s camps and classes, so I’ll save the thrill of nurturing organic zucchini for my kids. Plus, there are a bunch of snuggly farm animals for them to care for and cuddle, including one very fluffy white chicken.
Who they are: “The Farm is a model facility created to educate the community with local healthy food production, responsible land stewardship, sustainable practices and community service orientation.
Activities include educational workshops, student internships, hosting after school environmental clubs, children’s summer camp programs, growing fruits and vegetables, animal husbandry, providing a farm stand and CSA pickup location.” (website)
What they do: “The mission of Wakeman Town Farm is to serve the community as an educational demonstration center for sustainable living.” (website)
What you may not know but should:
- May 3 is “Greenday” and from 1-4 you and the kids can experience sheep shearing, goat grooming, and wool spinning.
- Springtime is baby chick and baby bunny time. So. Cute.