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Billings Farm Fields

I’ve got farming in my blood I think. I spent a lot of time of relatives’ and friends’ farms growing up and always expected to have my own one day. The reality today is a bit less daunting, but still very satisfying; multiple gardens, and that is fine. However, I am always interested in the farm life and enjoy visiting farms still, including farm museums, to deepen my appreciation of how things were done in days gone by.

Farming families seem like a seriously under appreciated segment of our society. I think a lot of folks are not in touch with the fact that we are very dependent upon farms for our food supply. Every time a local farm is threatened, I am concerned. Our connection to our roots is eroding and slipping away, bit by bit…

Please support your local farms !

I am glad to see a bit of a renewal of interest to small family farms and more natural, less chemical farming styles. I think the farm museums are a wonderful learning tool and play a very important role in the education of today’s children.

I have visited each of the farm museums below, some more than once, and I highly recommend each of them. I have learned something on each trip.

NH Farm Museum in Milton NH The docent here dress in period costume and describe a typical day in the life of a farm family, who also supplemented their living by taking in overnight guests for a stage-coach line. Very interesting and a great country store in the adjoining barn. http://www.farmmuseum.org/

. Remick Farm Museum in Tamworth NH This property depicts the life of two Doctors, a father and a son, who were also farmers. There is an interesting contrast in the time frames of both lives and the farm-house reflects this as well. Many interesting programs are held here year round. www.remickmuseum.orgBillings Farm Museum in Woodstock VT This historic property reflects Laurance S. Rockefeller’s philosophies of sustainable agriculture and conservation. Many heritage varieties of produce and traditional breeds of stock are raised here. Demonstrations are held daily for many aspects of farm life, like butter making and oxen training. A very extensive exhibit on Vermont farm life is housed in one of the large barns. www.billingsfarm.orgShelburne Farms in Shelburne VT The enormous connected barns are not only full of interesting and educational materials, they are gorgeous to behold. The scenery here is beyond compare and the farm makes award winning cheddar cheese, sold in the wonderful stone caretaker’s house, turned gift shop. Heritage breeds and organic farming are two of the many interesting focuses here. www.shelburnefarm.com

Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge MA The extensive reenactment Colonial settlement at Sturbridge Village contains a farm with live animals and growing crops, as well as a farm-house and buildings. It gives an accurate depiction of farm life in centuries past throughout New England.    www.osv.orgAny of these places would be a great place to spend all or part of a day. Treat yourself and bring a child to learn about farming in New England. If you know of other New England farm museums, please tell me so that I may share the information.