Thankfully, there are a number of opportunities for all of us to learn about and have access to locally produced products. Farmers Markets are opening for the season. Farm tours are available and pollinator workshops continue to put the importance of locally grown food in the forefront.
I’ve always wanted my children to not only see the important role local food plays in our life and economy, but to see how other skills and crafts evolved in the Adirondacks and beyond. Since I don’t want everything to always be a lesson, one fun way to learn about the past and see craftsmen at work is to attend the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum’s Homestead Festival on June 22-23, 2018.
The Homesteading Festival offers wood carving demonstrations with Champlain Valley Wood Carvers as well as ongoing demos of a variety of engines, including hit-and-miss engines running a planer and buzz saw. Watch Brook Sylvan Spinnery make linen out of flax in addition to the museum exhibits and farming activities. It is a fun educational way to keep families interested in the importance of rural farming traditions.
The Babbie Museum permanent museum learning displays will be open as well offering plenty of kid-friendly activities that educate children about homesteading. Children can collect eggs, shell dried corn, or even “milk” a cow at the life-size cow exhibit. There is even a tractor ride that tours the farm fields. The farm has horses and donkeys year-round, but children can enjoy visiting the new ducks and chickens. It’s a great opportunity to explore all the extra steps that go into getting milk or eggs. The hands-on-learning museum demonstrates all the steps to produce lumber, offers an opportunity to learn about where food comes from and the old-fashioned tools that are still in use at some farms today.
The Paul Smith’s VIC hosts its own Rural and Homesteading Festival in September. So if you are unable to attend Babbie Museum this weekend, mark September 22-23 on the calendar.
The Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum’s Homesteading Festival will be held June 22-23 from 10 am to 4 pm at Babbie Rural Farm & Learning Museum, Peru (NY). General admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children (3-13) and free for anyone under the age of three.