Mintos to give Watson Farm walking tour
On Sunday, Sept. 24, Historic New England will host a guided tour of the Watson Farm.
Don and Heather Minto, farm managers for 26 years, will lead the walk and share their research, experiences, and stories as they take participants on the 2-mile scenic hike through this extensive seaside agrarian landscape. The tour will begin promptly at 2 p.m. in the Watson Farm barnyard. The pastoral setting of this farm, on the west passage of Narragansett Bay provides a rare opportunity for the interpretation of the agricultural history of the region.
Participants will have the opportunity to pass through farm fields, pastures, and rocky shoreline. This tour will focus on the land, people, and natural resources of Narragansett Bay as well as the continuum of agriculture through the past, present and future. The evolution of the Watson Farm itself will be placed in the larger context of Jamestown and Rhode Island history.
Featured also in this walk will be ongoing efforts to promote heritage breeds of livestock. Watson Farm is working to preserve the Red Devon breed of cattle selected specifically for grass-based agriculture.
The tour costs $8 for the general public, $3 for Historic New England members.
The Watson Farm is a 280-acre working seaside farm owned by Historic New England. Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions. For more information, visit online at www.HistoricNewEngland.org.