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Learn about Honeybees at Hobby Hill Farm | Open Farm Week 2023

112 Hobby Hill Rd
Newfane, VT 05345

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Tue, Aug. 8, 2023 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Erica Walch

Join VT Certified Beekeeper (and president-elect of the Vermont Beekeepers' Association) Jeff Battaglini as he shows off the Windham County Beekeepers' Club Hive on Hobby Hill Farm. Jeff will open the hive and show visitors how the honey is made. There will be three veils available for visitors who wish to get close to the hive or if you have a bug head net you can bring your own. Long sleeves and long pants advised. Jeff will answer questions about bees and beekeeping. This event is best for people aged 12 and over. There is some rough terrain to cross to get to the bee yard.

No dogs allowed.

Note: The easiest way (least dirt roads): From Newfane Village, take West Street, go past the Four Columns and the Library. West Street becomes the South Wardsboro Road, go about four miles. You will see signs on the left for Grout Road/Hearts Bend. Take that left. It is a dirt road. You will go two miles to the top, where the farm is. It will seem like longer, but trust your odometer. You will go past a large pond, and that's where Grout Road becomes Hobby Hill Road, but the sign is not visible. Just keep going straight, past the A-frame cabin and the hairpin turn. GPS may take you on 7+ miles of very narrow dirt roads, which can also be fun.

A small diversified farm practicing no-till, pesticide-free regenerative farming. Hobby Hill raises pigs (sold whole or half, butchered) and laying hens and grows saffron. The farm offers two farm stays through AirBnB so guests can really get a taste of farm life. Hobby Hill Farm is home to the Windham County Beekeepers Club's bee yard, which has open hive events monthly May - October.

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