April is the time to celebrate Spring! Baby animals, sheep shearing & herding
WOODSTOCK, VERMONT… Billings Farm & Museum will open for its 39th season on April 9th. Celebrate spring with us – onsite and online! Meet baby farm animals and learn all about sheep. Enjoy the farm’s scenic pastures in early spring, and step back in time while exploring the Farm Life exhibits.
Join us for these spring events:
Opening Day – April 9
Celebrate the beginning of our 39th season with a free ice cream!
Baby Farm Animal Celebration, April 10 & 11
On our site: Visitors can meet and learn about the farm’s adorable Jersey calves, cute little lambs, frisky kid goats, fuzzy chicks, and soft bunnies while enjoying spring on the farm. Start planning your garden! Get your hands dirty by planting an heirloom seed to take home. Create a Spoon Critter – an adorable animal plant marker to remember your visit. In the Learning Kitchen, sample Billings Farm’s award-winning cheddar cheeses.
Online: Follow the virtual parade of baby farm animals and watch eggs hatching on our live incubator feed. Find fun crafts and delicious farm recipes to download and make at home.
Sheep Shearing & Herding, April 24 & 25
On our site. Meet herdsman Jim McRae and his team of Border Collies and watch demonstrations of herding sheep in the farm fields during narrated programs. Each day the farm’s Southdown ewes will be sheared for spring. Spinning and carding demonstrations will highlight the skills needed to turn fleece into yarn. Families can enjoy Sheep Stories and craft activities.
Online. Meet our Southdown sheep, watch videos of the sheep getting their spring cuts, and see how their wool is spun into yarn. Download the recipe for Chocolate Caramel with Sheep’s Milk and follow along with Billings Farm’s Chef Emery as she prepares this tasty treat!
Basic Bread Making with Chef Emery, April 17, 10-11:30 am.
Join Chef Emery in this Billings Backyard Workshop, Live on Zoom, as she demonstrates basic breadmaking with two very different and unique recipes: Savory Cheddar Herb and Caramelized Onion Quick Bread and a crusty yeast bread. Billings Backyard is a series of workshops designed to teach sustainable living skills to adult participants. Register for this workshop and see the complete list of programs at www.billingsfarm.org/classes-workshops/.
Visiting safely Billings Farm & Museum enforces safety standards in compliance with Vermont State guidelines. We take the safety of our staff, animals, and our guests seriously. Each person must answer health screening questions including if they have quarantined according to Vermont guidelines. Contact tracing information and temperatures are taken for each visitor. Face coverings must be worn by all guests over the age of 2 everywhere on the site, including the outdoors. For more about visiting Billings Farm safely, updates on our site capacity, and to learn which spaces are open, visit billingsfarm.org/safety.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution. Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing educational opportunities and experiences to our visitors, whether here in Woodstock, Vermont or at home wherever you are through our online resources at Billings Farm at Home. Visit us on billingsfarm.org, and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/BillingsFarmMuseum/ and Instagram at instagram.com/billingsfarm/.