Howell Farm is currently closed to visitors, but the spring work continues! Below you’ll find photo and video updates on corn planting, sheep shearing, and other projects happening around the farm.
We look forward to reopening as soon as possible, but in the meantime please remember that hiking, biking, and horseback riding through the farm—including on Hunter Road—are prohibited.
For the latest information on current park access and future reopenings, please visit mercercountyparks.org. Thanks for checking in – we hope to invite you back soon!
Fifteen local 4-H clubs will showcase and share their talents during this old-fashioned fair that features livestock shows & judging, farm & garden exhibits, contests, music, hayrides, pony rides, a magic show, homemade food & ice cream, and more!
Saturday festivities begin at 11:00, when Howell Farm farmers will thresh wheat using a steam traction engine in the barnyard. At 1:00, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes will present welcoming remarks, alongside county freeholders, members of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service, and representatives from the NJ Department of Agriculture. Threshing continues at 2:30, when farmers will feed more sheaves of wheat into the machine to yield seeds for planting, animal feed, and wheat flour. A sheep shearing demonstration will follow at 3:00, and goat milking at 3:30.
Sunday activities include a children's pedal tractor pull, steam tractor hayrides, the Ray Owens Heritage Show, and a 4-H presentation of animal showmanship.