Looking back from the vantage point of the Blizzard of ’13, it looks Ms. G. was right when she predicted six more weeks of winter. Ms. G, Drumlin Farm’s resident groundhog, emerged from her carrying crate on February 2 and saw her shadow, a prediction contradiction with her better-know fellow woodchuck, Punxsutawney Phil. But the…
agriculture and flora
By Alice Waugh
Will there be six more weeks of winter? Only the shadow knows—Ms. G’s shadow, that is. Come to Drumlin Farm on Saturday, Feb. 2 to see Drumlin’s resident groundhog—the potential future Groundhog of the Commonwealth.
The festivities kick off at 10:00 sharp at Drumlin’s main entrance, where WBZ-TV meteorologist Joe Joyce will be broadcasting the weather report live starting at 7 a.m. After everyone gets the long-term forecast from Ms. G and learns a bit about woodchuck behavior, there will be coffee, crafts and treats provided by Whole Foods Market of Wayland and Wellesley.
Groundhog Day at Drumlin actually features several TV weather experts. From 10:30 a.m.to noon, Mish Michaels, Joe Jones of WBZ-TV, Terry Eliasen (executive weather producer at WBZ), and Cindy Fitzgibbon (a former Fox-25 meteorologist) will be on hand to answer weather-related questions—and Ms. G will also be available for photos form her adoring public (see below for a full rundown of the day’s activities). Learn more about Ms. G and other groundhogs as well as the origins of Groundhog Day here.
The 2013 Lincoln Winter Carnival kicks off Friday, February 1 with community bingo and a concert by the U.S. Air Force band of LIberty Jazz Ensemble. Other events that weekend include: Girl Scout breakfast Groundhog Day at Drumlin Farm Snowshoe tours at deCordova Vermont PuppeTree performs “Caps for Sale” Community skating Lincoln Family Association Energy…
Will we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Join us as Ms. G, Drumlin Farm’s resident groundhog, gives her forecast for the rest of the winter at Drumlin Farm’s Groundhog Day celebration on Saturday, February 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include: Get the up-to-the-minute woodchuck weather forecast from Ms. G…
(This article originally appeared in the Lincoln Journal on August 2, 2012.)
By Alice Waugh
Summer at Drumlin Farm means loads of fresh vegetables and herbs—and some of them got pickled on a Friday night.
About 20 visitors sampled all sorts of veggies that had been pickled over the past week or so by Drumlin farm and food educator Allison Chuang, who led “Fermentation Friday: A Pickled Pageant” on July 27. Pickling isn’t just for cucumbers, she explained, as she handed out tasty samples of pickled radishes, carrots, peppers, green beans and other foods.
Before the advent of refrigeration, pickling (submerging food in salt water and allowing it to ferment) was just one of several food preservation methods people used around the world for centuries. For example, many cultures pickle cabbage to make foods like sauerkraut or kimchi. Fermentation is also used to make thing including beer, bread and yogurt.
(This article was originally published in the Lincoln Journal on June 21, 2012.)
By Alice Waugh
The Codman Community Farms entrance area was a colorful and congenial place to be on the night of June 16, as dozens of families pitched tents, ate dinner and enjoyed some campfire camaraderie during the annual Codman Campout.
For the past five years each June, members of Codman Community Farms have been invited to camp at the farm overnight after an evening of children’s crafts activities, s’mores and campfire songs. This year there were 30 tents with 86 people participating, most of them families with young children.
(This article was originally published in the Lincoln Journal on June 14, 2012.)
By Alice Waugh
Lots of people drink milk every day, but most of them don’t see how it gets from cow to cup. Drumlin Farm staff rectified that situation for hundreds of visitors on Dairy Day last Saturday, which was both educational and udderly delicious.
The third annual Dairy Day in June (National Dairy Month) is one of Drumlin Farm’s periodic “theme days,” which include Woolapalooza earlier this spring. Visitors could watch a cow being milked, taste some freshly made yogurt cheese, and even make butter in a bottle. “We wanted to give people a chance to learn more about where milk comes from and the different ways you can use it to make other dairy products,” said visitor education coordinator Renata Pomponi.