What’s All The Clucking About?
The Friends of Lachat are organizing THE HIDDEN CHICKEN COOPS OF WESTON TOUR with all proceeds to benefit the restoration of Lachat Farm. The self-guided tour will be held on Sunday, June 23. Tickets and maps can be picked up at Lachat Farm, 106 Godfrey Road West, from 10AM to 1PM on the day of the tour. The tour will go until 4PM. Tickets include a Farm-to-Table Seasonal Lunch Buffet at the home of Weston caterer Phoebe Cole. Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $8 for children.
“We hope the tour will be educational, community building, and fun for old and young alike…all qualities that represent our vision for Lachat Farm,” said Friends of Lachat director, Carol Baldwin.
The tour will feature coops set in beautiful surrounding gardens often with inspirational vegetable gardens lovingly tended by our Weston backyard farmers. There will be all different styles of coops on display from large to small, homemade to purchased. Owners will be on hand to offer tips on how to have your own backyard flock. Included on the tour will be the Fagan family’s Roots Farm (check out “Roots Farm” on Facebook) with 50 newly hatched baby chicks on hand! Also tour goers will enjoy a glimpse into Weston’s past with a visit to Manatuck Farm, 96 Norfield Road. This circa 1795 homestead features, besides its chickens, an old barn, potting shed, and lovely gardens. But there will also be newly created farms such as the large vegetable garden and coop installed by a family of modern day homesteaders, the Fracasso family, on Wells Hill Road.
Friends of Lachat is actively raising funds to restore the circa 1770 pre-Revolutionary David Godfrey farmhouse that is part of the Town’s Juliana Lachat Preserve on Godfrey Road West. Their vision is that a farmer/caretaker/program manager would move into the farmhouse as soon as it is made habitable who would run a town farm on the property, including community rental plots with deer-fencing and water and a production garden with a farm stand. And of course, a laying flock with farm fresh eggs available to the public!
For more information, please contact Carol Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit friendsoflachat.org.