The 20th Celebrating Agriculture Event is VIRTUAL this year lasting for the whole month of September 2020
AGventure Kits for Kids FREE while supplies last
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, Lapsley Orchard & Other locations to be announced
Inside the kits you will find a take-home chick craft, crayons, coloring books, stickers, and much more. Thank you to our generous donors: CT Poultry Association, Farm Credit East, ACA, Cherry Ledge Farm, and Connecticut Dairy for the items that made these kits possible.
Creamery Brook Bison
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 26 & 27, 2020
19 Purvis Rd., Brooklyn, CT, 860.779.0837
Make your own butter!! Each person who chooses to participate will make their own individual butter to eat on crackers.
Full menu of Bison products and milkshakes.
Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm
11 a.m. to 8 p.m., September 5-7, 2020
227 Ekonk Hill Road (Rt 49), Sterling, CT, 860.564.0248
Hot Gobbler Sundaes are on the menu weekends only in September & October. Fresh Ice Cream and more!
Floral Design Class, Live on Zoom
Saturday, September 19, 2020 4 to 5:30 p.m., EDT
Learn the basics of floral design in a live, virtual class while designing your own arrangement at home! $20 per person for supplies. Register by September 15
Fort Hill Farms
9 a.m. -2 p.m., September 12, 2020
260 Quaddick Road, Thompson, CT, 860.234.1153
FREE Bee Mini-Maze from 9a-2p with ice cream purchase! For groups of 4 or more, the ice cream program is “Scoop Yourself!” For $12, you get a half-gallon of your ice cream flavor of choice, the cones, and the serving spoon, and you find an awesome picnic table in our wide-open spaces, and have a picnic!
Take the Pledge! Look at your current habits and explore ways to increase your connection to your local agricultural community. Share how you will support local agriculture by posting "I Will Support Local Agriculture By... " Complete the sentence with your commitment and share using the hashtags #MyAgPledge and #CelebratingAg20.
We hope this message finds you and your family healthy and as happy as can be during this interesting and challenging year.
2020 marks the 20th Anniversary of Celebrating Agriculture!
Due to COVID-19 and restrictions on large public gatherings, we will not gather in-person at the Woodstock Fairgrounds this year; HOWEVER, we are excited to celebrate local agriculture with a modified event!
Our planning committee is reimagining Celebrating Agriculture for this year to include virtual activities and physically distanced experiences that will continue to promote agriculture throughout The Last Green Valley. Like all previous years, you are a key part of this event, and we hope you’ll join us in this celebration!
We’re inviting ag ambassadors, farmers, businesses, and friends to share informational videos, demonstrations, and photos that celebrate agriculture in your life. Pre-recorded and live videos and photos will be shared online. We’re also planning social media posts & activities to encourage the public to purchase directly from local ag businesses at their respective locations.
While the celebration will look a little different this year, we’re excited to Celebrate Agriculture throughout The Last Green Valley! A focal point of this year’s re-imagined, physically distanced event will include a video series and promotional posts to be featured on YouTube and Facebook.
You’re invited to share your ag story by submitting a video (preferred) or graphic message to be included in this 20th Anniversary Celebration! Whether creating something new or re-purposing recent promotional or educational content, this is a great opportunity to share your experience in agriculture! Videos, Infographics and Photos are welcome! Email email@example.com for complete submission guidelines.
AG-RELATED MESSAGES MAY INCLUDE: * Tour of Your Business, Barn, Shop, Greenhouse or Fields, etc. * Introduction to and/or Brief History of Your Industry * Personal Profile * Demonstration of a Skill, Task or Process (grooming, planting, harvesting, etc.) * Lesson about a Specific Animal or Plant breeds and species * Tips for Purchasing Specific Ag-Related Produce and Goods * Special Sales & Promotions * Innovation Updates * Examples of Community Engagement * Agvocacy * Customer/Client Thank Yous * COVID-19 Operational Updates * Reflection of Your Participation in Celebrating Agriculture Events * AND, MORE!
We’ll Entertain Other Messages that Positively Represent and Promote Agriculture!
Celebrating Agriculture is a fun, FREE educational day showcasing the benefits agriculture provides to the region, as well as the challenges farms face today. It is held in September every year at the Woodstock Fairgrounds on Route 169, Woodstock, CT. See Directions to the Fairgrounds, and a Fairground Layout Map.
The concept of Celebrating Agriculture started in 2001 as part of an effort to promote community education and participation in agriculture, as well as to support consumer purchasing of local farm products. Each year, our goal is to welcome more people to learn who our farm neighbors are, and how to support local agriculture to enrich and maintain the open space -- the working landscape -- of our area.
We also invite growers and producers to sell their products and demonstrate processes, as well as local organizations. Woodstock Connecticut, as the host of this event, exemplifies a town working with its agricultural industry to maintain agriculture as an integral part of both its economic and environmental future.
We hope that community members will learn more about forestry, farming, recreational agriculture, and all the other important faces of agriculture, and enjoy a nice day of good food and fun for all ages. We also encourage educators to invite their students so they can learn more about this essential part of our lives.
Celebrating Agriculture logo T-shirts will be on sale at the event.
Be a part of Celebrating Agriculture! Volunteer your time to help make the event a success. We have many jobs available, from directing traffic to running tables at the breakfast. We especially need people for set up and clean up activities.
For more information about volunteer activities, please contact Rebecca Desjardins, Volunteer Coordinator. Email her at celebratingagvols"at"gmail.com (replace "at" with @) or call or text 860.334.2268. Thanks in advance!
Participation of exhibitors, vendors, agriculture enterprises, and non-profits are invited to display and/or sell their locally produced farm products, crafts, and/or food, as well as to provide agriculture education. Any uncertainty of the participants' qualifications will be determined by a vote of the Celebrating Agriculture committee. No soliciting is allowed.
For information on how to register and other questions, see Documents, or contact Celebrating Agriculture, c/o Danielson USDA Service Center, 71 Westcott Road, Danielson CT 06239-2929 or call 860.412.5275. Email: Claire.Fekete"at"CT.usda.gov (replace "at" with @).