• Lachat Town Farm
    Weston, CT
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Events

Sponsor an Adirondack Chair

Great Graduation or Mother's Day/Father's Day gift!

Orders being taken through April 15th. - Thanks to prospective Eagle Scout, Andrew King we are offering an opportunity to purchase one (or more) beautiful Adirondack chairs to be set out year round. Each chair will feature a custom, personalized 2x6’’ plaque mounted on the front. The plaques can be memorials to loved ones, or can have any personal or business dedication. The cost to sponsor a chair is $300, and donations towards the project will directly benefit the Lachat Town Farm. All donations are fully tax deductible.

The color of the chairs has been changed from white to a beautiful forest green to blend nicely with the landscape.

Animal Embassy Vernal Pool Walk

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM - Animal Embassy will guide an exploration of one of our most unique habitats, the vernal pool. We will hike to the Vernal Pool and will discover some of the unique creatures that visit these pools once a year to lay their eggs. We’ll seek out Wood frogs, American toads, and Spotted salamanders and investigate how these creatures progress in their metamorphosis.

Maximum 20 persons For ages 5 & up

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER Barn (indoors) Vernal Pool presentation with live Animal Ambassadors from Animal Embassy

We are grateful to The Weston Education Foundation for helping to fund this class for the Lachat Town Farm.

Instructor: Chris Evers

Ikebana Flower Arranging Class

presented by the Weston Garden Club

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM - Teaching the class will be Westonite Carol Baldwin who became a trained teacher of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana while she lived in Japan for nine years with her family. Ikebana is the ancient Japanese art of flower arrangement. It is one of the arts associated with Zen Buddhism. These arts were a form of meditation that centered the mind and prepared Samarai for battle. Originally, Ikebana was only done by men. Ikebana continues to be closely associated with tea ceremony.

Class size is limited to 12 students and registration is a necessity so the club can order enough materials. The fee is $20 per person. Registration should be made with Pat Glass: patglass48@gmail.com. All those attending the class should bring clippers/pruners. We may be working outdoors so please dress accordingly. Participants will be bringing home their flowers after the class.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch to enjoy together after the class at beautiful Lachat Town Farm.

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Instructor: Carol Baldwin

Falconry Class

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Christine Peyreigne, of Weston, is currently the state’s youngest and only female General Class Falconer. She will give a presentation with her two falconry birds, Theron and Milo. Theron is a three year old Red Tailed Hawk who has been trained by and has been hunting with Christine for over two years. Milo is a twenty year old Harris Hawk, who was transferred to Christine from another falconer this past January.

Falconry, the sport of hunting with a bird of prey, is more of a lifestyle than a sport, as you are responsible for the daily care of a wild bird of prey, and must attend to his/her needs on a daily basis. It is not a sport for everyone, but can be a highly rewarding sport to those with a passion for wildlife and getting up close and personal with what these birds do naturally.

Come out and learn about the history of this sport, meet Theron and Milo, learn about what is involved with training a wild bird of prey, and watch Christine and Theron as she puts him through some of his training for you to see. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask all your questions and learn more about this little known sport!

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Instructor: Christine Peyreigne

Music in the Meadow

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Come and listen to the incredible harmonies of OPEN ROAD surrounded by the tranquility of Lachat Town Farm's sprawling fields. In the quiet New England woods of Weston, Wilton, Redding and New Milford CT, music has brought together five folks who resonate a true love of quality acoustic music and original lyrics. OPEN ROAD is Sue Broudy, Nancy Burger, Scott Weber, James Allen and Dan Berg – five musicians and songwriters who found each other while working their craft and giving back to their communities.

Harmony is always present but well-crafted lyrics and excellent musicianship lead the way. OPEN ROAD collaborates regularly, and as they're all experienced musicians, songs come together quickly. They love the process. Their music is authentic, peaceful, joyful and uplifting. OPEN ROAD performs regularly for public and private events bringing their unique blend of soulful original tunes. Music will always connect us in a powerful way. Sit yourself down and enjoy.

Lachat Town Farm Memorial Parade Float!

Monday, May 30, 2016 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM - Come see Lachat Town Farm's beautiful float in the Memorial Day Parade! There will be a brief ceremony at Weston Town Hall immediately after the parade, and the Weston Volunteer Fire Department, parade sponsor, will offer free refreshments at the firehouse after the ceremony. The parade has been sponsored by the WVFD for more than 50 years, and it is one of the highlights of yearly events in Weston.

Sal Gilbertie at the Farm

Saturday, June 4, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 AM - Sal Gilbertie of Gilberties Nursery in Westport will be at the farm to give a one hour talk about getting started in growing your own garden and answer any questions you may have.

Birds of Prey Class

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Christine Peyreigne from Weston, is a State and Federally licensed wildlife rehabilitator and educator who specializes in birds of prey. She will bring her educational birds of prey to help us all learn about the dangers these animals face in the wild as a result of some of our own actions. Learn what we can do to help protect these majestic birds and what we can do to reduce the number that needlessly die or need rehabilitation.

Christine is the President and Founder of Christine’s Critters, Inc., a not for profit 501(c)3 that is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and educating with birds of prey. She takes in injured and orphaned birds of prey, and if they are deemed healthy for release, they are sent back to the wild for a second chance at life. For those whose injuries prevent a return to the wild, homes at nature centers and educational facilities are sought to allow the bird a chance to become an educational ambassador. All of the birds that are with Christine for educational purposes came to her through rehab, and found their forever home with her at Christine’s Critters.

Come out and meet Christine’s educational ambassadors and learn about these birds of prey that call Weston home. All of her birds are native to this area, and can be heard and seen if you keep your ears and eyes open!

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Instructor: Christine Peyreigne

Lachat Opening Day!

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Join us for our Opening Day Celebration at 106 Godfrey Road, Weston, CT. Enjoy a stroll around the 19 acre farm, refreshments in the barn, entertainment by guitarists Ray and Jay. Greet our State Representative and State Senators. Bring the kids for pony rides and a petting zoo. Tour the 1770 Farmhouse restoration.

Native American Culture and the Environment

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 1:00 AM - 3:00 AM - The Lachat Town Farm will host a wonderful children's program entitled "Native American Culture and the Environment" which will be led by Cathy Iaccarino. Children will learn about native Americans and how they think in a circle and why they have done that for centuries. The children will make a totem bag to bring home with them. Grades 3-6. Admission for this event is free due to a grant from the Weston Educational Foundation. Class limited to 20 children, pre registration required.

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Instructor: Cathy Iaccarino

Totem Pole Class

Funded by the Weston Education Foundation

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - In this class participants will learn the history of the Native American tradition of totem pole making, and then choose the animals they want to be represented on their pole. Each participant will then create their pole, with drawing, carving, painting or attaching shells or feathers. The poles will be displayed at Lachat Town Farm with the child's name attached to their contribution.

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Instructor: Cathy Iaccarino

Garlic Harvesting

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Mike Smith from Dirt Road Farm in Weston will join us again this Saturday to talk about the garlic garden he planted at the Lachat Town Farm. Mike will talk about when to plant garlic, how to plant it, when to harvest and what to do with the garlic after harvest, and how to store the garlic. The garlic at the farm is now ready to harvest.

Instructor: Mike Smith

Reptiles Class

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Christine Peyreigne, President and Founder of Christine’s Critters, Inc., a not for profit 501(c)3, will bring her rescued reptiles to teach you hands on about the various species of snakes, lizards and frogs that have found their forever home with her. Most of the reptiles and amphibians that are in her care have come from rescue from homes that either no longer wanted to care for the animal (many snakes can live for over 30 years!), or from abusive homes that had no idea how to care for these unique species of animals.

Pet stores are full of tanks of cute little reptiles and amphibians, but without doing proper homework, you might find yourself in over your head with having to care for a large reptile that has special and specific needs for survival. You will meet a species of snake that has actually become extinct in the wild due to excessive captures for the pet trade. There will be hands on opportunities for those that are interested and plenty of time for questions and answers!

Come out and learn about these often misunderstood animals. Though the animals you will meet are not native to the USA, right here in our own backyards we have many species of reptiles and amphibians that DO call Weston home. Learn the important roles that all of these animals play in our fragile ecosystem and what we, as good stewards of the land, can do to prevent their habitat destruction and ensure that they will thrive in the wild.

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Instructor: Christine Peyreigne

Invasive Species Class

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - In this fascinating class, participants will learn all about invasive species; how to identify them, why they need to be removed, and how to use these plants in a positive way. For example, how to use invasive knotweed to make wind chimes, beads, flutes, and nutritious tea and muffins!

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Instructor: Cathy Iaccarino

Refrigerator Pickling

Funded by the Weston Education Foundation

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - A wonderful and delicious way to use your summer garden harvest is to pickle! Crisp, cool and fresh refrigerator pickles are fun and simple to make. Beets, carrots, peppers, corn on the cob rounds, green beans and of course the beloved cucumber all lend themselves nicely to refrigerator pickling.

The class will sample a variety of pickled vegetables, discuss the ins and outs of the process and you will make your own jar of pickles to take home with your packet of tried and true recipes. Class size limited to 15 and pre-registration is required.

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Instructor: Sue Parkison

Children's Garden Crafts Class

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Come paint a flower pot to plant a sunflower, and learn how to make gorgeous tissue paper flowers too! Kids can crinkle, crumple, twist and twirl- tissue paper isn't just for wrapping gifts anymore! Ages 7-12, limit of 12 students.

Cost: $20.00 per Child

Instructor: Lily Burns

Simple Salads and Delectable Dressings

Funded by the Weston Education Foundation

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM - Lily Edelman, graduate of the CIA will teach an inspiring class "Simple Salads & Delectable Dressings". Learn to make healthy salads and whip up your own homemade salad dressings. Cost is $20/ adults and $5/children under 12. Class limited to 25 participants. Cost includes salad. Bring your own beverage. Pre registration is required.

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Instructor: Lily Burns

Mini Birdhouse Class

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Adding elements to a yard that attracts wildlife makes your yard come alive. Birdhouses are a terrific, inexpensive and simple way to dress up your yard. Not only can a bird house look great, but it's a wonderful way to attract birds and give them a new home! Each participant will paint two mini birdhouses, each birdhouse is 2 1/2 inches tall. Ages 4 and up, limit of 20 students, pre registration required.

Cost: $20.00 per Child

Instructor: Lily Burns

Family Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Our second Annual Family Scavenger hunt is planned to be a great time for the whole family! Participants will receive a collection bag covered with pictures of what they will be hunting for, so all ages can participate. The afternoon will finish with a fun craft using the items collected!

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Pumpkin Decorating Class

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM - A child friendly activity, no knives, we will be using blunt tools, feathers, pom pons, paint, stickers and goggly eyes to make beautiful designs with an assortment of craft items. Each participant will be supplied with a small pumpkin to take home! Ages 5-12, limit of 20 participants.

Cost: $20.00 per Participant

Instructor: Sue Parkison and Lily Burns

Plein-Air Painting Class

Spring, 2016 - A Plein-Air Painting Class for adults is being planned at the Lachat Town Farm. Stay tuned for more information.

Nature Craft Class

Spring, 2016 - A Nature Craft class is being planned at the Lachat Town Farm. In this 2-hour class we will make crafts from natural elements. For grades 3-6, limited to 15 children. Stay tuned for more information.

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