QUEENS CO., N.Y. — Sheep Shearing Special Admission Day: Queens County Farm Museum is anything but sheep-ish. Its 47-acre site is the largest tract of farmland in New York City and home to the city’s only full range of livestock, including sheep. To celebrate their spring haircuts, Queens Farm is hosting its annual Sheep Shearing Special Admission Day on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. The farm’s flock of Cormo, Cotswold, and Romney sheep will prepare for the warmer weather by getting their annual “haircuts”. This special admission day program will highlight the cycle of fiber production from sheep to fabric through artisan wool spinning and weaving demonstrations. The program also includes the live bluegrass sounds of New Orleans-influenced Mama Juke. Crop circles under a canopy of trees will mark social distancing locations to enjoy the music. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets.
The Sheep Shearing Special Admission Day also includes the Con Edison Ecology Booth, a perennial favorite, which features the Adopt-A-Worm Composting Program for home composting and free woolly craft kits for fleecy fun. Guided tours will showcase the farm’s 324-year history and regenerative farming practices. The food paddock and beer garden will include East Coast Street Tacos, CBao Asian Buns, and Queens’ own Rockaway Brewing Company. In the Farm Store, visitors can stock up on seasonal fresh harvests including lettuce, spinach, pea shoots, asparagus, and nettles from the farm’s fields, along with Queens Farm’s own eggs, herbal teas, raw honey and yarn spun from the fleece of its sheep and alpacas. An assortment of flower, vegetable and herb seedlings for home gardeners will be available as well.
Sheep shearing is important for the animal’s welfare. Like other animals, sheep can overheat in the summer and the hot wool can be an incubator for parasites so removing their coats helps keep them healthier. The production of wool is the oldest trade commodity. It was the first widespread international trade throughout ancient civilizations. The Old Testament of the Bible documents a thriving wool business. Sheep shearing began around 3500 B.C., – around the time when man learned how to spin wool to make clothes and other products.
Gates open from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm for the farm’s Sheep Shearing Special Admission Day on Saturday, May 8. Advance tickets are required. Admission is $12.00 ($8.00 ages 12 & under) and can be purchased online at queensfarm.org. Tickets are limited with staggered admission times based on NY Forward’s Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. Face coverings are required and visitors need to maintain social distancing. The farm’s Covid-19 visitor guidelines are posted at queensfarm.org and on-site at the farm.
American Indian Craft & Food Market
Queens Farm’s American Indian Craft & Food Market is Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16, 2021 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. The market, sponsored by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, features authentic Native American art, jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and food. No admission fees apply.
Planning Your Visit
Queens County Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park, New York 11004. There is free event parking and a bicycle rack is available on-site. Strollers, backpacks and bottled water are permitted on the farm grounds. Farm grounds and restrooms are accessible. For more information or to plan your visit, go to queensfarm.org.
About the Queens County Farm Museum
Queens County Farm Museum is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York State, dating back to 1697. It is the largest tract of farmland in New York City. The current site consists of a 47-acre tract of farmland that showcases the 300-year history of agriculture as a way of life in New York City. Queens Farm is a New York City Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Queens Farm hosts a wide variety of acclaimed education programs, public events and adult education programs. It serves as a vital and rare resource connecting people to agriculture and the environment creating conversations and learning opportunities about biodiversity, health and wellness, climate change and preserving local history.
–Queens County Farm Museum
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