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

NEWS & UPCOMING EVENTS

You-Pick Berries

Through September, times: 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Cost: $3.50/pound

Blueberries are waning. Fall-bearing raspberries should be in by August 24th.

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 1960's 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.

  1. Level One focuses on an overview of chain saw safety and covers basic tree felling.
  2. 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: www.woodlandtraining.com


Contradance

Saturday, September 12, 2015: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost: $10.00/adult, $5.00/student (cash or check only), tickets sold at the door

This summer we are happy to bring contradances back to Merck Forest. Held in previous years at the Sap House, this event will also be held in the beautiful building. Beginners and old-timers alike are welcome to attend. The Hubbard Hall Tune Jam Band will be playing music, and Fern Bradley will call the dances.

Please note, the Sap House is a five minute walk from the parking area. You may want to bring a flashlight for your walk back to the parking area at the end of the evening.


Mushroom I.D. Workshop with Mycologist Sue Van Hook

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1 or 2 p.m.
Cost: $30.00/person, $50.00/pair, membership discount will apply.

Registration is necessary. Please call 802.394.7836 to sign up.

Join Sue Van Hook, local mycologist, for an informative mushroom walk, where you will learn about different mushroom species. During the latter half of the class, you will work with Sue to learn how to key-out (use guide books) to identify the species you saw on your walk. Please bring a bag lunch, water, notebook, good walking shoes, insect repellent and a hat.


Fall Foliage: Kids' Leaf Walk and Create a Leaf Bandana

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cost: $5.00/child, adult supervision required.

Registration is necessary. Please call 802.394.7836 to sign up.

In this fun fall activity parents and kids will take a short walk with Education Director Christine Hubbard to look at fall's colorful leaves. Participants will collect some of autumn's best art work (leaves!) to take back to the studio. You'll use your assembled leaf collection to create a colorful, fall foliage inspired leaf bandana that you can then take home with you! This activity is for children ages 5 - 10 years old, and there are sixteen spaces in the class (plus guardians). Please wear old clothes or bring a smock as painting could be a bit messy.


Fall Foliage: Guided Hike to the Newly Expanded Viewpoint

Saturday, October 3, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Suggested donation of $3/person

Registration is requested. Please call 802.394.7836 to sign up.

Autumn at Merck Forest is a beautiful time to explore the forest and enjoy the great westward views. On this guided, three mile hike, we'll go up to the newly restored vista at Viewpoint. We'll explore the new patch cut, enjoy great views of the Adirondacks, and take in the best of fall's foliage. This is a moderate hike, with some ups and downs (elevation change of 600'). Hikers, please come prepared: wear study shoes, layer your clothing, and bring water.


Author Ron Krupp to Present New Book

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: TBD, membership discount will apply.

Registration is necessary. Please call 802.394.7836 to sign up.

Join Vermont author and master gardener Ron Krupp for a presentation and question-and-answer session this fall. Krupp will be talking from his new book: Lifting The Yoke - Local Solutions To America's Farm And Food Crisis. The author "believes that it's a gift to be able to write about one's passion in life. Most of the stories and characters in the book come from the Green Mountains of Vermont, but they could have originated in any rural area where people have a tradition of working the land. He loves to weave humor, wit, and a good amount of heart throughout his works and share his passion for gardening." Attendees will certainly glean information on food systems, gardening and more at this hearthside talk.


Wreath-Making Workshop at Merck Forest

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $20/person/wreath, membership discount will apply.

Registration is necessary. Please call 802.394.7836 to sign up.

Use freshly cut boughs from Merck's forest to create your own holiday wreath. We'll provide you with the tools, boughs, frame, and ribbon to make your wreath, but feel free to add your own ornaments and decorations to your creation. Registration is necessary for this event, as space is limited.


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