MERCER COUNTY, NJ -- Even though the Mercer County Park Commission's Howell Living Farm is currently closed to the public, it continues to care for the crops, animals and natural resources essential to the community. In keeping with its longtime practice of contributing heirloom and heritage field and garden crops to the community through local food banks and pantries, the Farm is providing wheat flour, cornmeal, oatmeal, fresh eggs and more in support of local initiatives to help those in need during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
To date, the farm has provided food pantries with 150 pounds of its wheat flour, 200 pounds of cornmeal, 275 pounds of oatmeal (all in 2-pound bags) and 150 dozen eggs. The donations come with recipe cards for making bread, pancakes and muffins. The oatmeal includes instructions for cooking oatmeal as well as for making oat milk.
The farm is also providing skeins of yarn to volunteer knitters who are making hats, mittens, socks and scarves for donation to those in need of woolen clothing items. The yarn is spun from wool sheared from Howell Farm’s 30 sheep. Each fleece produces about six, 200-yard-long skeins of wool -- enough to make six scarves, a dozen pairs of mittens or a dozen hats. In addition, members of the farm’s volunteer sewing group are making masks from cotton cloth.
The Howell Farm annually hosts more than 65,000 visitors. The Farm offers schoolchildren and the public opportunities to learn about past and present farming methods through tours, interactive programs and hands-on experiences.
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