Calendar of Events
Mar
20
to Dec 6

Calendar of Events

Join us on the Farm for some of the events we’ve got growing!

April 20- Eggstravanza

May 4 ( May 5 Rain Date) Spring Farm Open House

June 8 (June 9 Rain Date) Tea with Busy Little Bee

June 16 (June 23 Rain Date) Spring Beer Garden

July 20 (July 21 Rain Date) Family Fun Day

September 14 Harvest Fest

October 12 (October 13 Rain Date) Oktoberfest

December 6 Holiday Tree Lighting

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Harvest Fest
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Harvest Fest

Announcing the ninth-annual farm-to-table Harvest Fest, Saturday, Sept. 14 at Wakeman Town Farm, 6-10 p.m. Held on the Farm grounds and under a tent draped with twinkling lights, Harvest Fest is a magical evening, featuring seasonal fare contributed by local farmers and rock star chefs. Wine and signature cocktails will be flowing! In addition to fab food and drinks, there will be both a silent and a live auction, including a variety of exclusive culinary, garden, and travel experiences.  

It's a FUN-Raiser!
More than just a celebration of food, farms and fun, the event is designed to raise funds to support youth education programs. This summer, the Farm offered a record number of camperships that allowed low-income youngsters from the Fresh Air Fund, Horizons, and the Town of Westport, to enjoy our camps tuition-free. 

Seating Notes: This is a communal seating event, so you may be sitting next to “new friends.”

Group Seating: We have tried in year’s past to accommodate groups of four to six, but have found it difficult to hold “partial” tables. So, we have put aside a limited number of reserved tables for 8 people who purchase their tickets in one fell swoop with one check. For a table for 8, please reach out HERE, and we will get back to you ASAP about availability and how to reserve.

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Insect Photography Workshop
Aug
17
11:00 AM11:00

Insect Photography Workshop

Come learn from an expert how to take fascinating insect photos with your favorite camera or camera phone – and participate in a citizen scientist project documenting pollinators at the Farm!

This 4-hour workshop is intended for the amateur photographer – adult or student 14 and up -- who’s also passionate about pollinators and plants. Participants will learn skills for capturing the best shots of insects ‘on the wing’ and then, help track the Farm’s diversity of pollinators, for a citizen science endeavor in conjunction with inaturalist.org

David Cappaert is an entomologist, educator, and photographer with an uncommon affinity for ants and bees, and he will join bee expert Dr. Kimberly Stoner, entomologist, CT Agricultural Experiment Station, for this hands-on workshop. In the a.m. we’ll learn techniques and tips, break for BYO lunch, and in the afternoon we’ll head out to the gardens to document the Farm’s pollinators with our new skills. For adults & teens only. 

The class is FREE, but registration is required. Rain date August 18.

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Family Fun Day
Jul
20
11:00 AM11:00

Family Fun Day

Join Wakeman Town Farm’s annual down-home family event for kids and families of all ages on Saturday, July 20th from 11:00am to 3:00 pm. (rain date Sunday, July 21st). There will be Farmyard Olympic games, including sack races, and tug-of war, as well as face painting, pickle making, birdhouse decorating, and other creative crafts.  There will even be a photo-op for kids with one of our live barnyard friends! For the littles, Melissa & Doug is providing a Fun Play Zone chock-full of amazing tactile toys and hands-on activities for exploration and creativity!

Enjoy music by a talented School of Rock Band, and learn about the wonders of the sky with the Westport Astronomical Society. For lunch, a variety of delicious food will be available for purchase from the Hoe Down Grill.  Frosty ice cream treats will be for sale by our friends at Saugatuck Sweets and refreshing lemonade will be provided by KMS partners/Compass Realty..

This is a great opportunity to check out the farm’s organic vegetable gardens, picnic on the grounds, meet the farm animals, and engage in all of the events of the day.

All proceeds from this family FUNraiser will benefit the programs and upkeep of Your Town Farm, which is a nonprofit organization on a mission to promote farming, sustainability, and community.

The fee for the event is $5 kids, $10 adults, under 2 is free. There is a $20 cap for families, with select food/drink and activities available for purchase.

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Capturing What Matters: A Photography Workshop for Parents
Jul
11
7:00 PM19:00

Capturing What Matters: A Photography Workshop for Parents

You've got a big fancy camera, but chances are, youre not using it as well as you could be, and your pictures arent quite what you had hoped for. Get out of auto mode and into awesome picture mode! In this workshop, you'll learn the technical and artistic basics of using your DSLR in a relaxed setting with plenty of hands-on instruction and practice. Bring your camera, your camera manual, and fully charged batteries.

Anna-Liisa Nixon is a Westport native, former criminal defense attorney, and mother of three who has been photographing families professionally since 2014. She specializes in documentary family photography and loves capturing the real, silly, weird, and tender moments of childhood.

For more information and to register, click HERE

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Beer Garden at the Farm
Jun
16
12:00 PM12:00

Beer Garden at the Farm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
Back again for the 2nd year, It’s our Beer Garden at the Farm!

With frosty beer on tap by New Belgium Brewing and low and slow BBQ from Bobby Q’s, this fun family friendly event will feature live music, lawn games and artisan vendors.

June 16th 12-5pm

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Tea With Busy Little Bee
Jun
8
12:00 PM12:00

Tea With Busy Little Bee

Our worker bees are buzzing with excitement about transforming the Farm's Great Lawn into a colorful outdoor garden party. We will deck out our picnic tables with beautiful floral arrangements, and guests will enjoy a delicious lunch on the lawn, including traditional tea sandwiches, fresh fruit, and mini pastries, served with iced and hot tea.

Our young guests will enjoy creating a variety of crafts, participating in a Maypole dance, visiting with the animals, and watching a special dance performance! And, guests will leave with a goodie bag.

Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, sons, and daughters are all welcome at this caregiver/child event! While all are welcome, the activities at this tea party are most suitable for children ages 4 to 8.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for children, with all event proceeds going to Wakeman Town Farm for continued Farm preservation and education. Ticket availability is limited.

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Gut Health: The Simplified Science of Your Gut
Jun
3
7:00 PM19:00

Gut Health: The Simplified Science of Your Gut

Probiotics, the latest dieting trends (intermittent fasting), pesticides in our food supply and what the heck is Ayurveda? We will explore these topics and how the seasons, digestive strength and nourishment from foods specific to individual body type impacts overall health.

Samantha Parker is Board Certified by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Her Ayurvedic practice encompasses whole body with a focus in gut health. You can learn more about her at anjali.life

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Cookbook Club: Compassionate Cuisine
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Cookbook Club: Compassionate Cuisine

Join Chef Linda Soper-Kolton for a taste of a delicious plant-based recipe from her new cookbook, Compassionate Cuisine: 125 Plant-Based Recipes from Our Vegan Kitchen. Interwoven with the recipes, the book tells the story of one of the country's oldest animal sanctuaries, the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, through its food. Their award-winning vegan culinary program is designed to show how easy and delicious it is to cook vegeterian.

Wednesday, May 22 7-8pm

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Land to Sea Responsibility: Presentation & Panel Discussion
May
15
7:00 PM19:00

Land to Sea Responsibility: Presentation & Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 15 7pm-9pm

Join our area environmental advocates in a compelling panel discussion about the journey of water from your backyards, through the streams and forests, and out into Long Island Sound--and our responsibilities in keeping that water clean. 

 

Join leaders from:
Aspetuck Land Trust

earthplace/HarborWatch

MowGreen

Westport Pollinator Pathway

 

Refreshments from:

Copps Island Oysters
NitNoi Provisions

Nod Hill Brewery

Space is limited - Please RSVP to reserve your spot!

Tickets are Free with a suggested donation at the event for refreshments. Proceeds to be donated to our participating not for profit organizations. Reserve Your Ticket Today!

 

photo credit: j. beyer

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Help Count The Butterflies: A Pollinator Pathway Event
May
11
11:00 AM11:00

Help Count The Butterflies: A Pollinator Pathway Event

Join Master Gardener/environmental educator/butterfly & moth enthusiast Michele Sorensen, to sharpen your observation skills so you can recognize our winged friends.  After a brief indoor orientation to butterfly families and field marks, we’ll head for the gardens to “catch” butterflies, skippers and their larval “cats” with our smart phone cameras. We’ll record the total number and different species we spot to create a simple diversity index.  

Bring camera phones, and a notebook for your observations.  All “citizen scientists” – including kids with adults – are welcome. 

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Sweet Spring Open House
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Sweet Spring Open House

Tra la, it’s spring!  

Come celebrate the gaiety and greening of the season at Wakeman Town Farm’s 

Sweet Spring Open House, on Saturday May 4th from 11:00 to 2:00.  (Rain date May 5)

Enjoy enviro exhibitors, kids’ crafts, wee one’s story time, meet the animals, Dough Girls Pizza, sheep shearing, and dancing around the May pole!  You can also register for summer camp and kids’ programs while you’re having fun.

Free entrance. No registration required.

Plus (shhh, it’s a surprise) ... we’ll be celebrating AJ the alpaca’s 16th birthday!

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Wild About Bees! A free Pollinator Pathway Event
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

Wild About Bees! A free Pollinator Pathway Event

As part of Wakeman Town Farm’s Pollinator Pathway series, Dr. Kimberly Stoner, shares fascinating facts about the native bees in our backyard and the many they bring to gardeners, in her talk Beyond The Honeybee- Native Bees of Connecticut.

As part of this special Earth Day talk, there will be a honey tasting, courtesy of Savannah Bee

This Class is FREE, but Please register.

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EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

EGGstravaganza Egg Hunt

Join us Saturday, April 20th from 10am-12pm for Wakeman Town Farm’s 2nd Annual EGGstravaganza.

This fun family event celebrates some EGGcellent traditions. We'll open the event with an EGG hunt for ages 0-4 and 5+ and will continue the fun with EGG themed games and crafts. Kids will get a chance to get up close and personal with the Farm’s bunnies and chicks and of course Big Bunny will make a visit.

 Remember to BYOB- bring your own baskets for egg hunting! 

Space is limited at this this year's event. Please purchase tickets in advance HERE

Admission is $20 per family. 

This event is rain or shine. No Refunds will be issued.

Please dress appropriately for inclement weather!

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FREE LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVES:  A Pollinator Pathways Event
Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

FREE LANDSCAPING WITH NATIVES: A Pollinator Pathways Event

Going Native – The How & Why of Native Plants in the Landscape

Want to turn “go native” in your landscape, but not sure where to start? Wondering which of your current trees and shrubs get the environmental ‘green light?’

Learn the whys and hows of using native plants in your yard to give Nature a hand, welcome in more birds and beneficial pollinators, and add beauty, too. Find out which native plants make good substitutes for exotics that may do harm.

Talk by Bill Kenny, landscape architect, wetland and soil scientist and owner of NATIVE plant nursery in Fairfield. This class is FREE, but registration is required. Please register HERE

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FREE!  Perennials for Pollinators: A Pollinator Pathway Event
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

FREE! Perennials for Pollinators: A Pollinator Pathway Event

Perennials that Bees love & Deer don’t

Learn what to grow for a garden thats not only beautiful but beneficial, season after season. Nathalie Fonteyne, UConn master gardener, UConn master UConn master composter, perennials chair of the Westport Garden Club (and Wakeman Town Farm perennials whisperer) will suggest perennials that, based on her own experience, will attract pollinators and birds to your garden (and not so many deer!)

This Class is FREE, but registration is required. Please click HERE to register.

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Sustainable Seafood: A Very Special Dinner
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Sustainable Seafood: A Very Special Dinner

This very special dinner experience features an informative and lively conversation about our sustainable seafood system with a gorgeous meal. It will be presented by Rowayton Seafood owner and avid fisherman Kevin Conroy and Rowayton Seafood’s fishing community partners whose mission it is to support healthy oceans and promote species regeneration. A glorious tasting menu will be prepared by Chef Charles Hoffman. Click HERE to register

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Pollinator Pathway Presentation with H2H
Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

Pollinator Pathway Presentation with H2H

Louise Washer, president of the Norwalk River Watershed Association, and Mary Ellen Lemay, Facilitator for the Hudson to Housatonic Conservation Partnership (H2H), helped create the Pollinator Pathway, a habitat restoration project that encourages planting native plants and avoiding pesticides. The Pathway now connects open space and private property through 17 towns in CT and NY. Louise and Mary Ellen will talk about what pollinators need to thrive, why their populations are in decline, and how to get a Pollinator Pathway started in your town. Wakeman Town Forest. 134 Cross Highway, Westport. Click Here for Registration

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The Southport Globe Onion Initiative: Reviving the Prolific Heirloom in Westport with Sefra Alexandra
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

The Southport Globe Onion Initiative: Reviving the Prolific Heirloom in Westport with Sefra Alexandra

Come peel back the layers with us at the Farm for an evening with The Seed Huntress, Sefra Alexandra, as she discusses her quest to revitalize the noble Southport Globe Onion, a regional staple heirloom that brought wealth and prominence to our historic agricultural area. 

Sefra, a Cornell-educated ethnobotanist and Greens Farms resident, is is on a perennial expedition to breathe new life into both the regional onion culture and create renewed excitement about planting and stewarding the heirloom Southport Globe Onion variety. She will bring some heirloom seeds to share with attendees and show us how to germinate them indoors and then plant them in gardens in and around Westport.

Let's all get our hands on the land this season, for a community-wide effort to welcome this heirloom back to its native soils for the first time in 130 years! 

Join us in Tim's Kitchen on March 4th, as we march forth on our quest to promote bioregional seed "hubs," with a lively discussion and demonstration about seed saving, including light allium-inspired refreshments (think onion tarts and wine).  PHOTO: Jonathan R. Beckerman Photography

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Navigating Food Labels: Gmos, Organics and "Natural"
Jan
19
9:30 AM09:30

Navigating Food Labels: Gmos, Organics and "Natural"

What does it really mean if something is GMO, or organic, certified organic, all natural, local, no hormones added, etc. It doesn’t have to be as confusing as it seems. Join us for some hot cocoa and discussion in Tim’s Kitchen to break down what all of the labels really mean for our planet, our food, and our families. All Ages Welcome!

Free, but please register HERE

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The Woman’s Compass Workshop: Guiding You Through Financial, Legal and Self Care
Nov
28
9:00 AM09:00

The Woman’s Compass Workshop: Guiding You Through Financial, Legal and Self Care

You take care of your family, children, partners, manage your career and community. You might even fit in exercise, social time with friends and eating healthy. That’s great. 
But something is missing. 
Three essential components are often overlooked by women: financial well-being, legal well-being, and self-care.
* Does dealing with your finances seem intimidating? 
* Are you prepared legally for today .. and for what may lie ahead?
* Do you know how to stay grounded and attuned to your inner compass while juggling all of the above?
We will cover Financial Health, Legal Health AND Self Care and Balance.
Join a team of experts who will help you navigate it all. You’ll leave armed with a plan and the confidence to tackle it, mindfully, with direction, understanding and support … your own personal inner compass!
Galia Gichon - Independent Financial Expert with over 20+ year financial services experience
Margie Jacobson - Attorney, trained Mediator and Nutrition Coach.
Michelle Didner - Meditation and Yoga Teacher, Nutrition Coach and Workshop/Retreat Leader

click here for more info here

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Cookbook Club
Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Cookbook Club

Bored by the same old salad? Learn to think about vegetables creatively from Ilene Rosen, co-author of Saladish: A Crunchier, Grainier, Herbier, Heartier, Tastier Way with Vegetables.

In her first book, Saladish: A Crunchier, Grainier, Herbier, Heartier, Tastier Way with Vegetables, Rosen reveals her genius approach to mixing vegetables, nuts, grains, and cheeses so they add up to something better than a salad.

Rosen is the chef, creative director, and co-owner of R&D Foods, a specialty grocery shop featuring her prepared foods that opened in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, in 2013. Previously, Rosen spent fifteen years as the savory chef at City Bakery, where she honed her craft of creating a seasonal salad bar that gained a cult following.

FREE. NO REGISTRATION

Partner: Westport Library

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Crafting Hypertufa Pots
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

Crafting Hypertufa Pots

Hypertufa pots are perfect for cactus, alpine rock gardens, plant trays and bird baths. Attendees will learn to mix the hypertufa and then pack it into molds made from every day objects. Students will take their pots home to cure. The pots should be ready to use in a couple of weeks. Myriad forms of decoration will be discussed. Attendees will take home 1 or more pots that they have created. Come prepared to get a bit dirty.

REGISTER HERE

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