New England food-themed destinations
On a working farm, there are always cows to milk, eggs to collect, gardens to tend, pigs to water. Here children are active participants in farm life through the daily Childrens Farmyard program. The scrapbook moment comes when kids are taught how to milk cows. With one downward-facing thumb serving as a pretend cow teat, the children learn proper technique. Then, they sit beside the cow with an instructor and put the practice to use. Usually, all the kids take turns and then the adults, said Sally Lincoln, agriculture educator. Childrens Farmyard is designed to show kids where their food comes from and establish a connection to agriculture. 1611 Harbor Road, 802-985-8686, www.shelburnefarms.org; general admission May 7-Oct. 16, daily 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., adults $8, seniors $6, 3-17 $5, under 3 free.