Farm Day celebrates local small farms

By Wally Robinson - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Wed., Sep. 21, 2011
Farm Day sponsor Kim Milikowski and friends. Photo by Wally Robinson.
Farm Day sponsor Kim Milikowski and friends. Photo by Wally Robinson.

Everybody is invited to come to Foster Hill Farm at 21 Stafford St. on Sunday, Oct. 2, for Farm Day 2011. It’s a celebration of the many small farms and farm-based businesses in and around Stafford, the central feature of which will be an assortment of people-friendly animals including miniature donkeys, alpacas and goats.

The event is the brainchild of Kim Milikowski, the proprietor of Foster Hill Farm, along with her husband, Karl. “It occurred to me that the community at large was pretty much unaware of all that was going on around them on these small farms,” said Milikowski. “I put the idea out there and the response from everybody was basically, ‘Let’s do it!’”

Various farms and vendors will be represented, including Round Hill Farm of Coventry, which has developed a unique alpaca-based therapeutic program for autistic children. The event will include local farm products for sale, refreshments provided by the Middle Ground Café and Bosco’s, a raffle, an equipment display by the Stafford Fire Department, interaction with the animals, and for the kids, there will be pumpkin-painting and macaroni jewelry-making.

Admission to Farm Day 2011 is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit Stafford Animal Control. “Officer Gary Wilson is in need of some new humane animal traps and photographic equipment,” Milikowski said. “He does a great job for us on a budget limited by the current tough times, and we hope to raise enough to get him the tools he needs to do his work.”

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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