Take a farm tour

Preston - posted Aug, 07 2012

PRESTON- Celebrate and explore Preston's rich farming heritage by visiting three unique farms during an open house on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 1-4 p.m. Stop by one, two, or all three farms at any time that afternoon and experience a wide range of farming styles. Preston Ridge Vineyard, 100 Miller Road was founded in 2008 by the Sawyer and Helms families. A family-owned and operated vineyard, they planted their first grapevines in the spring of 2008. Over the next three years they added over five additional acres of vines stretching across two levels of the property. In 2011 they produced their first vintage, and their tasting room is scheduled to open to the public for the sampling and enjoyment of their various wines in the fall of 2012. Woodmansee Farms, 317 Route 165 is a 4th generation dairy farm owned and operated by the Woodmansee family. Using a milking parlor, they milk 100 registered Holsteins twice a day with each cow averaging 24,475 lbs. (pints) of milk per year. The milking cows are housed in a freestall barn. Other activities include raising 100 replacement calves and heifers. The farm covers 400 acres of owned and rented land, with 200 acres of corn and 100 acres of hay harvested each year. Zion Hill Farm, 117 River Road is located on 200 acres bordering the Quinebaug River. The farm is home to ten Huacaya Alpacas and also hosts Philomel Gardens, a diversified family farm managed using biodynamic and organic methods. They offer mixed vegetables through a summer CSA program which runs from June through October. Most of their primary tillage and cultivation is done with the help of their two draft horses, Mary and Misty. This is Philomel Garden's second season farming in southeastern Connecticut.

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