A fun – and free – family event will take place on the banks of the Ohio River in southwest Louisville on Saturday, June 15th as Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing hosts “Family Farm and Forage Day” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will explore historic and present-day farming with a variety of activities, workshops, talks and booths for children and adults.
Families can enjoy a milking demonstration featuring “Bluegrass Bessie” the cow; a petting zoo; farm-to-table cooking demonstrations at the Thorobred Mobile Kitchen; outdoor play activities at Jefferson Memorial Forest’s ECHO Mobile; 4-H Fair Exhibits; 4-H Goat Show; a Kentucky Proud recipe tasting; horse-drawn wagon rides; barrel train rides; and music from the bluegrass band “Hog Operation” at the pavilion from noon to 2 p.m.; as well as tours of the 1837 Farnsley-Moremen house.
All events and demonstrations are free, although donations to tour the historic house are appreciated.
Featured topics for demonstrations and talks include: hay cutting and forage crop demonstrations, growing grapes for wine making (10:30 am – 11:30), rainfall simulator, beneficial insects, invasive species, forest mushrooms and urban water issues.
“Please come out for a fun-filled day to learn and experience farm life at the Farnsley Moremen Historic Home this weekend,” said Councilwoman Cindi Fowler, who represents District 14, where Riverside is located. “This is a great opportunity for folks from across the region to bring their children and grandchildren to see and pet farm animals, ride the grounds on a horse-drawn carriage and participate in a fun scavenger hunt! Of course, there will be tours of the historic home. I hope to see you there!”
This event is held in partnership with the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Kentucky State University, 4-H, Future Famer’s of America, Jefferson County Farm Bureau. In addition to Councilwoman Fowler, Metro Council sponsors include David Yates, D-25; Mark Fox, D-13 and Rick Blackwell, D-12.
Food Vendors at the event will be: LaRue County Pork Producers and Ehrler’s Ice Cream.