FarmHands

FarmHands is a program for children 6-9 years old or 10-12 years old. It introduces children to farm chores, crafts, and games and to seasonal activities which are part of the Farm's actual operation while a parent volunteers their time helping with other farm activities.

The program is staffed by a FarmHands teacher, who is assisted by one or two FarmHands parents. Class size is limited to ensure program quality.

During the 3-hour long program, FarmHands spend their time on three different types of activities:

Daily Chores: feeding and watering animals, mixing animal feeds, collecting eggs, etc.
Seasonal Work: helping with actual operations, such as:
Spring — planting potatoes, bottle feeding lambs, digging the garden
Summer — gathering honey, watering the orchard, weighing the pigs
Fall — digging potatoes, husking corn, picking pumpkins, making cider
Winter — collecting sap for maple syrup, gathering firewood, setting up lambing pens

Farm Fun: joining in farm crafts, games and play, and snack time. Each week, FarmHands will participate in the Farm's scheduled craft program, and in a special activity such as a wagon ride, nature walk, game or storytelling.

Application: Parents wishing to enroll in the FarmHands program must attend an organizational meeting held prior to the program starting date unless they have previous been in the program. At this meeting, program content and logistics are explained by our staff and application forms are completed and submitted by parents. Meetings are intended for parents only.

Applications cannot be made by mail.

For more information contact Kathy Brilla at 609-737-3299 or kbrilla@mercercounty.org.

 
 
Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission with the support and assistance of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm. The farm is an educational facility open to the public that preserves and interprets farming life and processes from the era of 1890-1910. Howell Farm is a proud member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM).

This website is a project of The Friends of Howell Living History Farm and the text and graphic contents of this website are © 2017  by The Friends of Howell Living History Farm.

Howell Farm is located at - 70 Woodens Ln.   Lambertville, NJ 08530

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