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


Wagon Rides

Saturdays and Tuesdays: July 4 - October 31, 2015
Times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon

Cost: $150.00/ride

This summer come and see the farm and forest a different way, on a wagon ride. For more on pricing and scheduling, and general information, please see the Wagon Rides page.

2015 Sheep Dog Trials and Farm Festival

Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, 2015
Times:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are sold at the gate: $5/adult, $3/children ages 4 - 12, under age 4 are free

Detailed information on the Sheep Dog Trials and Farm Festival can be found here: 

Snake Mountain Bluegrass and the Connor Sisters

Saturday, July 25, 2015
Time: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free-will donation

What's better than spending a summer evening eating a picnic dinner, listening to a local band play bluegrass, and taking in the beautiful views at Merck Forest? Join us again this summer for a concert on the sap house lawn. Bring your own chairs or blankets and a picnic supper!

You-Pick Berries

Starting in July, daily, times: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Cost: $3.50/pound

Bring your own containers or stop by the Visitor Center for a container.

The berry patches just keep expanding. This year, the farm will still have delicious raspberries and blueberries for you to pick, and we have added fall-bearing raspberries and blackberries as well. Bring up a pail, pick away, and pay at the Visitor Center before 4 p.m.  

Please note, the berries are located at the farm, a five to ten minute walk from the Visitor Center. The berry patches are only accessible by foot.


Game of Logging, Levels One and Two

August 22 (Level One) and August 23 (Level Two)

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Cost: $160/level/non-member or $144/level/member
$320/both levels/non-member or $288/both levels/member

Registration is necessary. Please call 802.394.7836 to sign up.

Game of Logging is a world-recognized training curriculum that teaches chain saw skills. Developed in the 1960s by Soren Eriksson, a Swedish logger turned training instructor, the Game of Logging combines Scandinavian logging techniques with the latest systems for working safely around trees.

The “game” refers not only to the friendly competitive aspect of the training, but also to the necessity of having a winning plan or strategy for felling trees and working safely. The program breaks apart saw work into steps that are practiced throughout the course. A fun scoring system helps focus participants’ attention on the most important details and allows them to measure their progress each day.

Game of Logging training is provided to forest owners, students, municipal crews, military units, and many others.

This summer, MFFC will once again offer Levels One and Two of the Game of Logging.
Level One focuses on
 an overview of chain saw safety and covers basic tree felling.
Level Two 
covers basic saw maintenance and chain sharpening techniques and provides another opportunity for tree felling.

For more information on the course, please visit:

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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!

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