Sanctuary, Farm and Community Garden

Under the original strategic plan, written in 1963, farming and gardening were important elements of the educational mission of Flanders Nature Center. Today, the tradition continues, as Flanders offers exciting agricultural education programs for children and adults to learn more about important New England farm-based traditions, such as raising animals, growing crops, harvesting hay, keeping bees, and making maple syrup. Special, community-wide seasonal events, such as the Autumn Festival, Farm Day, Maple Celebration and others are held at various locations throughout the Nature Center campus at the Van Vleck Farm.
      Continuing the Farm’s agricultural history, at Flanders Community Garden, located near the North Barn, families, neighbors and even corporate employees work side-by-side to grow their own organic vegetables, herbs or flowers, while making new friends. 10 x 20-foot tilled plots are ready for planting in late May, each year. For those who do not have time to garden, plots can be donated to Flanders for volunteers to grow sunflowers for the birds.

To reserve a space in Flanders Community Garden for the growing season or to donate a sunflower plot, call 203-263-3711 x 10

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