Farm Day

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Recapture the sights and sounds of a real New England farm when Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust holds its annual “Farm Day” on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary, 5 Church Hill Road in Woodbury.

            From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the one-of-a-kind celebration will be filled with agriculture-based activities that will build memories for families and children, according to Flanders’ staff.

            Families can interact with live farm animals, including alpacas, sheep, rabbits, horses, cows and chickens and take a ride on the John Deere tractor. Presentations on gardening and planting and demonstrations of fiber art, spinning and outdoor cooking will also be featured. Live music and family-friendly entertainment will take place on the grounds, throughout the day.

            In addition, the trails at Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust will be open from dawn to dusk for hiking, at no charge. Cost for “Farm Day” is $5 per person, $15 for families and $30 for groups of eight or more. For more information, call (203) 263-3711, x 12.


            A new event has been added to the celebration this year;

A Flanders Farm Day Tag Sale  will be held from 10 am to 4 pm .on May 19.  Are you spring cleaning? Rent a table for $20 to set up and sell your gently used items. Set up begins at 8:30 am.

You are responsible for your items if they do not sell. If you do not want to rent a table, you can donate your items to be sold at the Flanders Tag Sale table.

            Items will be received from May 14-17 during business hours, 9 am to 5 pm. Large furniture items and large appliances and not accepted. Visit Flanders website, www.flandersnaturecenter.org, and Facebook for more information. For a table rental form, please call the office at 203-263-3711,x11.

            The Second Annual Fiber Arts Show and Sale will be held on Farm Day and on May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., providing the public with an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind pieces from a local fiber artist. Flanders is accepting entries through May 14 from artists and crafters who work in the fiber arts. Entry categories include: quilting, weaving, knitting, crochet, needle felting, wet felting, fiber art dolls, spinning, dyeing embroidery, rugs, needlepoint, buttons and beads, fiber art and multi-media art. The entry fee is $5 for Flanders’ members. Exhibitors will receive a 20% commission on all crafts sold. Call Flanders at (203) 263-3711 for more information and for entry form.


            About Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust

Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust is a leader in the region in the conservation of open space and in the protection of valuable natural resources. Flanders became one of the first land trusts in the area in 1973, when it received its initial gift of land, the 6.5 acre Manville Kettle, located in the heart of Woodbury. Today, through direct ownership and conservation easements, Flanders

manages more than 40 open-space properties, totaling more than 2,000 acres in Woodbury, Bethlehem, Middlebury and Southbury. These holdings include two popular nature preserves in Woodbury: the 200-acre Van Vleck Farm Sanctuary on Flanders Road and the 686-acre Whittemore Sanctuary on Route 64.


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