Merck Forest and Farm Center Farm Management Rupert Vermont
Teaching and demonstrating the benefits of innovative, sustainable management of forest and farmland

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Thursdays, June 19 through September 4, 2pm - 4pm.

Put on your boots and grab your camera. Join Merck Forest's staff for afternoon farm chores. Peek in the nest boxes to see if you can spot some eggs. Have you ever fed pigs, or given water to sheep? How about haltering and moving horses to pasture? Farm Chores gives families the chance to learn about the farm routine and the animals--it's a great interactive experience. Call to sign up; groups are limited to ten people. Please arrive early to pay.

Cost: $2.00/person

A Concert for the Community at the Frank Hatch Sap House
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 5 pm - 7 pm

On Saturday, August 30, from 5 pm - 7 pm bring your lawn chairs, blanket and a picnic supper to the evening bluegrass concert at Merck Forest and Farmland Center. Snake Mountain Bluegrass and the Connor Sisters will be playing in the Sap House, and people are welcome to set up inside or listen to the music from the Sap House deck.

Snake Mountain Bluegrass, a band that formed nearly thirty years ago, has both a traditional and modern approach to their bluegrass style; their sound ranges from folk-arrangements to toe-tapping "breakdowns". When the Connor Sisters, who hail from Addison County, add a unique blend of "sister harmonies" to the group "it's a big, joyful sound".

This event is for the community, no admission is charged, but donations are always welcome.

Please note, parking at the Sap House is limited to handicapped vehicles only. Other people will be asked to walk the short path from the parking lot to the venue.

Daily 8am - 2:30pm
Late June through August
Please call to make sure berries are in season!

Pick-your-own juicy raspberries and blueberries will be ripe and ready to be picked at Merck Forest and Farmland Center this summer. Visitors, while you walk up to the berry patches enjoy the spectacular views, tour around the farm, and then gather berries. Quart and pint containers are available in the Visitor Center, or feel free to bring your own basket/bucket for collecting. The farm's raspberries and blueberries are not sprayed with any chemicals.

Cost: Berries are $3.00/lb.

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We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive annual support from Merck & Co. Inc.
We are not part of any government agency. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent
allowed by law and are greatly appreciated!

Banner photo courtesy of Dan Sullivan
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