Essex Farm Spring Tour: Sun-Fed Systems

DATE: March 17th, 2012

TIME: 10am to 4:30pm

COST: Free for Essex Farm members. Non-members, $25 per adult, $5 for kids

BRING: Food for potluck, appropriate clothing. See details below.

ADDRESS: 2503 NYS Route 22, Essex, NY, 12936. We are one mile from the Essex-Charlotte Ferry.


NEXT TOUR: June 9th, 2012

We never really know what a tour will entail, because farm and weather conditions are unpredictable. We probably won’t be sugaring, but watch for updates, as that could still change. What we will do for sure is create a day to celebrate the return of the sun to our hemisphere. We’ll do some horse demos, and a work project centered on firewood, and we’ll take a walking tour of the barnyard and pastures.

Please come dressed for the weather and any work you want to do. That means sturdy clothing and probably waterproof footgear. There is a warming hut available but we plan to be outside all day. Also, please bring a potluck dish to share, and your own place setting, including cup, plate, and silverware.

The tour is free for Essex Farm members. Non-members are $25 per adult, $5 for kids. A sliding scale is always available for low income attendees.

Feel free to come for the whole day, or for part of it.






Introduction to the sun-fed systems premise and the firewood share

Firewood work project

We plan to skid some logs with the horses (and maybe the pony!)

Cut and split wood. BYO hatchets, axes, mauls, bow saws, or chainsaws, but ONLY if you have full safety gear and proper training. Anyone who can’t or doesn’t want to work with wood can watch or help set up for lunch


Potluck lunch. We will provide something substantial but everyone should bring a dish to share, and your own utensils.


Walking tour of Essex Farm. The focus: where we are, and where we’re going.


Wrap-up and goodbye, and the great potato giveaway. Please bring bags to carry things home.

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