Programs and events are an important part of what we do at Stonewall Farm connecting people to our mission and building a sense of community.
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Sap Gathering Contest
Saturday, March 25th 2017 from 10:10 am to 3:00 PM
Families across the region come each year to enjoy this unique and traditional New England event. Teams consist of two draft horses hitched to a sap sled, a teamster, and two “sap runners”. They race to collect all of the sap buckets on the course while being judged on the teamster’s command of the horses. All of the sap buckets and lids must be properly placed back on the trees and the team must cross the finish line on the sled. When the team completes the course the amount of sap in the sled’s tank is measured and their score is tallied based on their finishing time, amount collected, and deductions taken for any uncollected buckets, or horse/teamster judged infractions.
The event highlights not only the state’s important maple syrup industry, but also celebrates New Hampshire’s rich farm heritage. Farm staff will be hard at work in our sugar house demonstrating how sap becomes syrup, and handing out free samples, an added feature to a fun family day.
Hot food and beverages are available for purchase and the Farm’s barns and store are open to all visitors. This year the event will take place on Saturday, March 25, 2017! Check back for more details as we approach the day of the event.
Admission is $5 per person children 5 and under are free. THERE IS NO PARKING AT STONEWALL FARM THE DAY OF THE EVENT. Visitors must park at Keene High School’s Alumni Field on Arch Street in Keene and take the free shuttle buses to the farm. Food, maple syrup and ice cream will be available for sale as well as other farm and local food products.
Gala and Art Auction
This year the Gala and Art Auction will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 6:00 to 10:00PM. All proceeds from the auction benefit Stonewall Farm. This fun and lively event includes delicious food, drinks and the chance to bid on art from some of the regions best artists. Bidding begins at 7:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased on-line by clicking the link below.Gala Tickets
The Art Exhibition is open from March 24 through April 7th from 9 AM to 4 PM weekdays and 10 AM to 4 PM weekends.
Raffle Painting Prize
Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 and all proceeds support Stonewall Farm’s educational mission. Artist Tina Siart Boylan has donated this year’s painting for the raffle titled, “The Sandbar.” It is an oil on canvas 12″ X 12″ painting.
Tickets may also be purchased by calling the Farm Store at 357-7278. Tickets are limited and we do expect to sell out early this year so do not wait to buy your ticket!
ARTSISTS! Stonewall Farm invites you to enter our 14th Annual Juried Art Opening and Auction. Please read the PDF Artist Invitation brochure that includes information on the Rules of Submission and Artists’ Compensation.
Dancing of the Ladies
Every year, around the beginning of May, when the pastures are ready for grazing, the cows are let out of the dairy barn for the first time after the long winter. Hundreds of spectators gather to watch the ladies dance as they leave the barn. The ladies kick up their heels dancing and prancing. After, everyone heads over to the Learning Center for a hardy breakfast, including pancakes with our own maple syrup!
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Farm to Table Dinners
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Thanksgiving Farm Fare
2017 Farm Fare will be held on Friday, November 17th from 4 to 7 PM and Saturday, November 18th from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Keep your Thanksgiving celebration local by shopping for everything you will need to make a deliciously memorable feast and more at Farm Fare, an event to be held at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH on November 18th and 19th.
Grace your table with items from area farms and specialty food producers who will be selling locally raised meats and produce, breads and stuffing mixes, berries, appetizers, wine and beer, desserts, condiments and rubs, and herbs.
Farm Fare will also feature collections of crafts and other handmade items perfect to give as hostess gifts or to get a jump on other seasonal giving. Stonewall Farm’s picturesque setting and beautiful timber frame facility offers a unique day of holiday shopping combined with an opportunity for outdoor exploration, all within a quaint New England setting sure to put visitors in the holiday spirit. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase in our cozy farm store, and all proceeds from the event will help to support the mission of Stonewall Farm.
Our craft fair is a great way to support local crafters while doing your holiday shopping with over 30 vendors!
Check back soon for date of the 2017 Craft Fair
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Events. Conferences. Parties.
In addition to weddings, Stonewall Farm regularly hosts a variety of private events, such as corporate dinners, anniversary parties, proms, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, class reunions, memorial services, and company meetings.
Our main banquet room can accommodate small meetings of 5 people to large celebrations of 150. The banquet room features a working field-stone fireplace, beautiful post and beam architecture, and amazing views of the property. Additionally, we offer several different bar service options and friendly, professional bartenders to serve any type of event.
We now offer birthday parties year round!
Please book your event in advance by contacting Vanessa Calkins, Stonewall Farm’s Education Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 603-357-7278 ext. 104.
Have your birthday party here!
Let our staff educators help you with your next Birthday Party! Choose from three Birthday Party Themes.
Fabulous Farm Animal Party!
We will bring one of our small animals into the classroom for up close exploration and discoveries. Our friendly animals make a wonderful centerpiece for any children’s party. Afterwards, we will venture into the small animal barns to discover who lives there, what are their needs and behaviors, and why they live on a farm. This educational event is the perfect way to get to know farms and enjoy our special inhabitants!
Celebrate your child’s birthday by meeting our award-winning dairy cows! We will begin the event with a short trek to the dairy barns to meet our cows, heifers and calves. Then, your birthday participants will experience milking one of our lovely ladies by hand. Next, we will tour the barn and milk room to see how the milk moves from the cow to the cooler before we head back to the learning center to continue with your birthday celebration!
Outdoor Adventure Party!
Join one of our educators for a hike or snowshoe into our 120 acres of conservation and pasture land. Your birthday friends will explore the valuable ecosystems found at Stonewall Farm including wetlands, forest, streams, and pastures. We will investigate native plants, and search for wildlife and evidence that they make the farmland their home!
Members of Stonewall Farm: $150 (up to 15 kids) Learn about memberships!
Non-members: $180 (up to 15 kids)
This event price covers a two hour rental of birthday party space including a 45 minute educational segment with Stonewall Farm trained educational staff. You can purchase Stonewall Farm ice cream for $7.50 per quart.
Hayride and Sleigh ride Prices
Add a hayride or a sleigh ride (weather permitting) for an additional $100 per hour. Our hay wagon will hold up to 15 kids and 4 adults; our sleigh will hold up to 15 kids and 2 adults.