What's Happening in May...
Field Trips for Schools & Families Featured on "Good Morning Philadelphia"
On Tuesday April 27th, Howell Farm's Sheep Shearing and Spring Farm Animals Field Trips for Schools & Families were featured on Good Morning Philadelphia with Jennaphr Frederick. Our award-winning school programs are now open to individual families as well as school and community groups.
Share the Harvest at Howell Farm
Share the Harvest is a program at Howell Farm that gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the crops and animals producing eggs, wool, whole wheat flour, oats, potatoes, and seasonal produce for donation to Trenton-area food pantries and soup kitchens during the pandemic.
The farm is working to raise $20,000 to continue the program and support people in need through the holiday season. To learn more or make a donation, please visit our Share the Harvest page.
Park Commission 2020 Report
Share the Harvest stats, farm project updates, and Howell Farm's plans for 2021 are all featured in the Mercer County Park Commission 2020 Annual Report, which also includes information on other parks throughout the County.
Check out www.mercercountyparks.org to learn more!
A Fleece's Journey
During the months of April and May, farmers will shear the farm's 24 adult sheep, and care for this year's new lambs. Spring is the time to shear because the small amount of new wool that grows in the summer will actually insulate the sheep from heat.
The annual work of harvesting and processing the wool will soon be underway, and once fleeces have been sent to a mill and spun into skeins of yarn, members of the Pleasant Valley Stitchers' Guild will knit the yarn into mittens, hats, scarves, and socks.