2008-05-15 / Letters to the Editor

Sheep shearing day a success

The entire Watson Farm flock of sheep was shorn this weekend, and we thank everyone for coming out to make the event a huge success. Close to 1,000 people ventured to the farm for what turned out to be a beautiful day. We could not have done it without the help of so many volunteers.

Thank you to Nancy Lush, Gail Chase, Valerie McLaughlin, Lacey Schlachter and the Rhode Island Spinners Guild who helped greet visitors and teach about wool. Thank you to Jenn Kittredge- Clarke and the grade 7 and 8 Project Based Learning class who created and organized the "Watson Farm Quest" and also to our fifth and sixth grade "Farm Kid" volunteers.

Thanks to Freddy Bingell at House of Pizza for again donating his hotdog cart for the day. And finally, a special thanks to our high school volunteer "Farm Crew," who ran the refreshment stand. They have helped us every Saturday for two months to prepare the farm for our open season, while learning about agriculture. The proceeds from the refreshments were donated to the Jamestown Teen Center for all of the teens' hard work.

Thank you to everyone else who was on hand to help out wherever we needed. We hope everyone had a great time and we will see you again next year when the wool has all grown back. Historic New England welcomes visitors to the farm from June 1 to Oct.15 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Come and enjoy a walk around the farm. The Minto Family Watson Farm

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