DOAG: Tour Connecticut Agriculture

Tour Connecticut Agriculture

 
 
Agriculture in Connecticut is known for its diversity. Diversity from farm to farm and diversity at the individual farm level. Connecticut has dairy, poultry and mushroom farms, tree, fruit and vegetable farms, fish farms and even llama farms! Many farms engage in "pick-your-own" activities and conduct in "agricultural tourism" activities such as hay rides and educational activities. So, take a moment to explore Connecticut agriculture!

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{Picture of horse-drawn wheatbind.} Twice a year, summer and fall, this farm in Franklin holds a two day event called "Farm Days". People involved in agriculture are invited to give active demonstrations of working livestock using old farm equipment, such as this 1890 New Idea wheat bind. Wagon rides along wonderful vistas, a farm tool museum, food and a variety of activities are open to the public for a minimal gate fee.

{Picture of farm in Thompson.} This inviting and peaceful entrance to a combination dairy and greenhouse farm can be found in the northeast Connecticut town of Thompson.

{Picture of a pasture full of sheep.} Seasons come and go at this southeastern Connecticut sheep farm in Lyme. This particular farm is well known for its beautiful handmade wool blankets and clothing. The owners of this farm have recently started a new venture with a new breed of milking sheep and create wonderfully flavorful cheeses on the premises.

{Picture of sheep.} A variety of naturally colored wool go into the luxurious "Connecticut Grown" wool products. These ewes are enjoying a relaxing fall afternoon in their insulating attire.

{Picture of a hoophouse style greenhouse.} According to the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, data for 1997 indicate that greenhouse and nursery crops account for 25.8% of Connecticut's agricultural cash receipts. Commercial greenhouses such as this one can be found in all corners of the state.

{Picture of apples on tree. } These tempting red delicious apples are a testament to Connecticut's orchard industry. Each fall a trip to a local orchard can be a pleasant and relaxing family outing. Many orchards allow you to pick your own apples thus ensuring the freshest product you could possibly get!

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