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Howell Farm 2024 Calendar of Events


27  Ice Harvest

Ice Candle


3   Tap the Sugar Maples

Paper Mold

10  Old-Fashioned Valentine's Day

Victorian Valentine's Day Card

17  Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugar Horse

24  Maple Sugaring

Bean Soup Gift Jar


Winter in the Farmhouse

Quilt Design 

Visit from the Horse Doctor, Dentist & Shoer

Horseshoe Dreamcatcher 

16  Workhorse Rides

Log Bird Feeder

23 Sawmilling & Orchard Care

Pine Needle Sachet

30 Henhouse Visits

Natural Dye Egg Coloring


 Lambing Day

Crepe Paper Chicks

13  Spring Beekeeping & Tree Planting

Buzzing Bee

20  Potato Planting

Potato Printing

27 Spring Plowing  & Field Work

Pumpkin Garden Starter 


Hog Slopping & Weighing

Piggy Magnets

11  Sheep Shearing & Herding

Wool Sheep Pin        


18 Corn Planting & Gardening

Corn Mosaic Sunflower

25 Haying & Wagon Rides

Straw Star


1 Dairying

Flower Press

8 Old Time Baseball Game

Rag Ball

15 Pleasant Valley Hayrides & House Tours

Harvest Bouquet            

22 Old-Fashioned Wash Day

Felted Flowers 

29  Ice Cream Party & Wheat Harvest

Wooden Boat Making & Sailing


Evening Blacksmithing (5:00–8:00 p.m.)

13 Evening Animal Chores (5:00–8:00 p.m.)

20  Evening Animal Chores (5:00–8:00 p.m.)

27 & 28   Mercer County 4-H Fair & Wheat Threshing


3  Honey Harvest 

Beeswax Medallion 

10  Potato Harvest

Potato Chips           

17 Canning & Pickling

Canning Ring Wreath 

24  Fiddlin' Contest & Picket Fence Art Show


31 41st Annual Plowing Match

Horse Pin


Back to School

Pencil Box


14 Fall Plowing & Corn Shocking

Worm & Dirt Dessert

21 Horse & Carriage Day  

Bonnets & Hats

28 Wheat Planting, Weaving, Threshing & Baking

Harvest Maidans


From Harvest to Hearth

Dried Apple Garland        

12  Basket & Broom Making

Paper Basket

19  Forging & Fences

Osage Orage Center Piece 

26  Fall Foliage Hayrides

Leaf Candle


2 Cider Pressing

Apple Heads 

9  Bacon, Sausage & Scrapple Making

Piggy Magnet

16  Corn Harvest & Husking Bee

Corn Wreath

23  Logging & Firewood Cutting

Twig Pine Tree

30   Thanksgiving Hayrides & Corn Picking

Pine Door Swags


7  Christmas on the Farm  

Victorian Star Ornament     


Naturally Friends Programs

Join a County naturalist for a close-up look at the swallows, bats, owls, and insects that are essential to the ecosystem where farmers raise their crops and animals.

February 8 – A Night of Owls, Howell Farm, Fish Barn –7:00- 8:30 p.m.

April 20 – Bird Excursion, Capital City Farm  2:00 p.m.

May 18  – Barn Swallow Celebration, Howell Farm  2:00 p.m.

July 20 – Butterfly Bonanza, Capital City Farm  10:00 a.m.

August 16 – Nocturnal Nature Walk, Howell Farm  7:30 p.m.

 October 19 – Spectacular Spiders, Capital City Farm  10:00 a.m.

October 24 – Bats & Skunks – Howell Farm, Fish Barn –7:00- 8:30 p.m.

November 9  – Wooly Worm Weather Forecasting, Howell Farm  2:00 p.m.

Children’s StoryTime

Designed for children five and under, StoryTime features a seasonal tale, and includes a visit to the barnyard to see the animals. 

Spring StoryTime

TBD (May) 10:30–11:30 a.m.


TBD (June) 10:30–11:30 a.m.)

Fall StoryTime

TBD (Sept.) 10:30–11:30 a.m.)

Halloween StoryTime

TBD (Oct.) 10:30–11:30 a.m.)

Christmas StoryTime

TBD (Dec.) 10:30–11:30 a.m.

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Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission

Dan Benson, Mercer County Executive

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