Meanwhile, Back At The Farm…

The holiday open house is over. The Aitkenheads are back home.

But Wakeman Town Farm is hardly settling down for a long winter’s nap.

There’s plenty going on at the sustainability center on Cross Highway.

For example, registration has just opened for the “Farm Apprentice” program. Middle schoolers learn all about organic farming and gardening through hands-on instruction — from seed to harvest.

Spring session activities include garden planning, seed starting and planting, garden preparation and maintenance, and composting.  Students also help care for chickens, rabbits and bees. (Enrollment is very limited — for more information click here, call 203-557-9195, or email wakemantownfarm@gmail.com)

Orders are still being taken for the winter Community Supported Agriculture program. Run through Winter Sun Farms, the CSA works with small local farms to distribute to distribute delicious frozen and preserved vegetables and fruit.

Members pay in advance for “winter shares.” Pickup is the 2nd Thursday of every month (1-7 p.m.), now through April. (For more information or to join, click here.)

Also in the works: a new WTF website. And a membership program, offering advance sign-up privileges for programs and events, plus discounts.

Finally, this news: Carrie Aitkenhead has ordered 7 gorgeous baby chicks — all different breeds. They’ll arrive in April.

There is indeed plenty new under the Wakeman Town Farm sun. Even if, in winter, it’s up for only a few hours a day.

3 responses to “Meanwhile, Back At The Farm…

  1. VETDOC at Compo

    Organic is the only way to go!

    If you can, rent the movie Food Inc.

    You will likely only eat organic after!

    Happy and healthy eating!

    🙂

  2. Sven Davidson

    The Wakeman’s used to tap the row of maples along the eastern border of their property for syrup. Don’t know if the Aitkenheads are aware of that little piece of agri-history, but it would be good to see it happen again in the future.

  3. Christy Colasurdo

    My son is a middle schooler who can’t wait to get out on the farm and be a part of this program. We are thrilled that Wakeman Town Farm is back online! The farm is a tremendous resource for ALL Westporters. From apprenticeships, jr. farm camps and farm/gardening programs for adults to CSAs, farm dinners and pancake breakfasts, the rebirth of Wakeman Town Farm is one of the great things happening in Westport. Come out and support the events and programs.