Wakeman Town Farm Grows Its Community Space

Two weeks ago, hundreds of kids scampered around Wakeman Town Farm.  The first-ever Eggstravaganza featured an egg hunt, egg toss, egg painting, several Big Bunnies for photo ops, many more real bunnies and fuzzy chicks, plus cocoa and coffee.

It was fun, family-friendly — and one of more than 50 special events held recently in and near WTF’s Tim’s Kitchen. The new community space — including a classroom — opened last fall.

The sustainable agriculture center always hosted farmer camps and apprentice programs. Now it’s expanded its offerings to 12 months a year.

It was Double Easter Bunny Day for this youngster at Wakeman Town Farm. (Photo/Tomira Wilcox)

The word is getting out: You can rent the space too.

Wakeman Town Farm hosts developmentally challenged adults from STAR in a cooking series; a media brunch to promote the Westport Library’s Flex program; a Christmas bazaar benefiting Homes with Hope; a photo shoot for Melissa & Doug toy company, along with corporate and non-profit meetings, birthday and anniversary parties, bar mitzvah bunches, fundraisers and private barbecues.

Of course, regular programs continue: preschoolers and their parents participate in Mommy & Me; middle schoolers learn knife skills; Staples students garden; Westporters of all ages attend cooking classes, and agricultural traditions like canning and preserving the harvest stay strong.

Coming up: a Women’s Business Development Council presentation on starting a restaurant; a new Cookbook Club focused on changing your gut bacteria; a Wine, Cheese & Chocolate event; Green Day; a BBQ cooking class with Bob LeRose of Bobby Q’s, and a culinary nutrition class.

Staples High School senior Ella De Bruijn and volunteer Ellen Goldman assist Anne Campbell in Wakeman Town Farm’s Tim’s Kitchen, at an Asian appetizers cooking class.

During the 4-year planning and budgeting stages, a few town officials were skeptical that the new space would be cost-effective — or that it would be used very much.

Both questions have been answered.

Like every other Westporter, they’re invited to Wakeman Town Farm to see for themselves.

They’ve got plenty of events to choose from.

(Wakeman Town Farm hosts a Volunteer Day from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow: Saturday, April 14. Interested teenagers and adults can learn about spring and summer events, programs and farm jobs that depend on volunteers. Among them: giving tours, manning tables at events like the Maker Faire and Dog Festival, planting organic garden beds, and tossing burgers and painting faces at Family Fun Day and Green Day.)

A big crowd gathers outside Tim’s Kitchen for last weekend’s Wakeman Town Farm Eggstravaganza. All told, there were 1,400 eggs. (Photo/Tomira Wilcox)

2 responses to “Wakeman Town Farm Grows Its Community Space

  1. Thanks for the fantastic article, Dan!
    One correction though:
    Our Volunteer Open House is
    Saturday, April 14th from 10:00-12:00.
    We’ll be serving bagels and fruit and lots of great information!