On April 21, rain or shine, the Somerset and Middlesex county boards of agriculture in collaboration with Rutgers Cooperative Extension and other county and state agricultural agencies, presents Ag in Action Day, a free farm tour and open house hosted at one of the area’s top farms. Scheduled from noon to 4 p.m., this event will be held at Suydam Farms in Somerset (Franklin Township), NJ. Adults and kids alike can experience a full afternoon of educational and fun programs, like planting Christmas trees, shearing sheep, milking dairy goats, installing drip irrigation systems, starting seeds in the greenhouse, tractor plowing and planting as well as draft horse plowing.
Suydam Farms, located at the corner of Route 27 and Skillman Lane; has been a part of New Jersey agriculture since 1713. Like many farms all across New Jersey, Suydam Farms continues to evolve and expand to stay viable in the ever-changing agricultural business environment. The Suydam’s have diversified over the years to include production of hay and wheat, pigs, chickens, pumpkins, Christmas trees, and even hops.
Farm animals (beef and dairy cattle, goats, pigs, sheep, and chickens) and equipment will be on display. Free wagon tours around the farm will feature experts to explain farming processes and answer your questions. Information from state and local agricultural agencies will also be displayed.
There is no entrance fee or charge for parking at the farm. For more information, call Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County at 908-526-6293, ext. 4. For more information on Suydam Farms, including directions, visit suydamfarms.net.