Sunny Valley Preserve located on 8 Sunny Valley Lane in New Milford was founded in 1970 when George D. Pratt Jr. donated multiple parcels of agricultural and natural lands to The Nature Conservancy. One condition of Pratt’s gift is that the farms be kept in agriculture as long as possible. Today, about 650 acres of the preserve are in active agriculture. The farms, leased by independent farmers, are privately-operated businesses. Farmers at the preserve grow diverse crops and sell most products locally, providing locally-grown food and enhancing the local economy.
This year, will be the 24th year that Sunny Valley Preserve celebrates Open Farm Day on September 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are invited to celebrate Connecticut’s farming and conservation heritage and share in a wonderful sense of community.
There will be many interesting demonstrations including celebrate Connecticut’s farming and conservation heritage and share in a wonderful sense of community wool-spinning and maple-syrup making. Visitors are invited to wander through informational displays including nature displays by the Pratt Center and inspect the antique and new farm equipment.
Kids will enjoy the petting zoo where they can meet some gentle farm animals, including Oreo a Belted-Galloway and Bruno, an African Spur-Thighed Tortoise and his friends from The Pratt Nature Center.
This festive event also offers a delicious lunch that has included: pumpkin soup, fresh veggie burritos, hamburgers and hot dogs along with fresh baked cookies prepared and served by the New Milford Youth Agency. After lunch kids can play a few games and paint a pumpkin! And, before you go home, make sure to stop at the farm stand to purchase fresh produce to take home.