The first annual Durham Farm Day will take place on Saturday, August 17th from 10am to 4pm, at six different farms in town. Activities will include hayrides, farm tours, vendors from the Durham Farmers Market selling food and drinks, demonstrations of horse-riding, sheep-shearing, and haying and plowing by the East Coast Antique Tractor Club.
Theresa Walker, Chair of the Commission, said, “Many people don’t realize how much agricultural activity is taking place right here in Durham. Farm Day is a terrific opportunity for people to visit a horse stable, learn how a sheep is sheared, and to see how their food is grown.”
Ray LaRoche, Jr., member of the Commission and owner/operator of LaRoche Farm, said, “We’re looking forward to a full day of activities that will appeal to children and adults, from hayrides to the research projects going on at UNH and from the petting barn to the antique tractor demonstration. There will really be something for everyone.”
Durham Farm Day activities will take place at:
- LaRoche Farm, 41 Bennett Road
- Emery Farm, 133 Piscataqua Road (Route 4)
- Community Garden at Wagon Hill Farm, Piscataqua Road (Route 4)
- Linden Woods Farm, 135 Packers Falls Road
- UNH Woodman Farm, 70 Spinney Lane
- UNH Fairchild Dairy, 36 O’Kane Road
A full schedule of events can be found at the Durham Agricultural Commission website. Farms will be open rain or shine, though some activities may be limited by inclement weather.
About the Durham Agricultural Commission
In July 2011, the Durham Town Council created the Agricultural Commission to “recognize, promote, enhance, and encourage agriculture, agricultural resources, and agricultural-based economic opportunities.” More information about the Durham Agricultural Commission.