Farm Day at Heritage Park to bring awareness to local farms

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Wed., Aug. 21, 2013
Miranda Pechi takes instruction from her grandmother, Jo Judd, on the art of spi
Miranda Pechi takes instruction from her grandmother, Jo Judd, on the art of spinning wool into yarn, at the Winterbrook Farm booth at the 2012 Farm Day in Stafford. File photo by Brenda Sullivan.

The third annual Farm Day will be held Sept. 8 at Heritage Park in Stafford Springs on Buckley Highway (Route 190) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is presented by the Stafford Rotary Club. Admission is free.

The purpose of Farm Day is to raise money to help continue to support local projects such as; bringing holiday fruit baskets to homebound Stafford residents, provide fuel assistance to the needy, deliver monthly balloon bouquets for the residents of Evergreen Nursing Home, school scholarships, SHS invitational track meet and monthly meals for the soup kitchen. The Stafford Rotary Club is committed to these projects and is always looking for ways to raise money to support its efforts.

Farm Day was originally created and run by Kim Milikowski of Stafford in 2010. It quickly grew too large for just one person to manage, so the Stafford Rotary Club agreed to take over the responsibilities and sponsor the event. “We are trying to bring awareness to all the local farms that provide so many different needs to the community,” said Roberta Rocchetti of the Stafford Rotary Club. “There are so many wonderful things to enjoy at this year’s event. People should bring their lawn chairs and be ready for a great time.”

The musical entertainment will be provided by Tuesday’s Saints, a band from the Storrs area. They will take the stage from 1 to 3 p.m. “They are a great band and we are really happy to have them at this year’s Farm Day,” said Rocchetti.

The local farms will be providing animal and agricultural exhibits. Red Tar Spirit Horse Riding Farm on Tolland Avenue in Stafford will offer horseback riding to the public.  Among the other activities will be animal displays, demonstrations, food and a raffle, as well as special children’s activities.

According to Rocchetti, “The local farmers work so hard at bringing us fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fresh meat. We need to come together and show appreciation for all their hard work and long hours. People need to realize that everything they do is for our health and happiness. Farm Day is one way that can bring our community together and have a great deal of fun while learning what goes on at our local farms.”

There are several other farms that will be attending Farm Day, including Cobble Rock Ridge Farm, Valleyview Farms and Foster Hill Farms. “We sell beef and grain,” said Carl Dobson, owner of Valleyview Farms. “Linda and I are happy to be a part of Farm Day.”

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