FIVE YEARS ago a disastrous fire took our barn. We lost more than just a building. We lost the heart of our working farm - our primary classroom for school children and adult visitors alike. The barn was the center for school programs and guest tours. It was the home to various farm animals and livestock, storage for farm supplies, equipment, livestock feed and hay, and included an active and popular ice house.
YOU can help us get our farm program back at Norlands.
At Norlands, kids get to fetch water from the well, weed gardens, cut firewood, bake in a wood-fired cookstove, gather eggs from the chickens, carry feed to the horses, pigs and cattle, along with a host of other farm chores. In the process, they learn a bit about such old-fashioned ideas as responsibility, self-sufficiency, and sustainability. They also learn the inspiring story of seven remarkable brothers from a Maine family, the Washburns, who were born and raised on this farm and who went on to become prominent in political, diplomatic, military and business affairs of their time.
Without a barn, there is no place to clean and muck stalls, grind corn, press apples, store ice, store hay, learn about proper animal care and use agricultural implements in an authentic setting. The virtues and rewards of honest work; the connections between farm fields, crops, livestock, and the family dinner table; the independence and inter-dependence of family members and of neighbors in a crossroads community; the concepts of frugality, recycling, environmental stewardship and sustainability – all of these were formative elements in shaping the lives and character of the Washburns, and all are key elements of educational programs at Norlands.Without the barn, our programs now seriously lack the true renowned hands-on approach made popular at Norlands since 1973.
More importantly, your gift helps us rebuild an educational classroom and a home for our farm animals and a place for lively barn dances and seasonal harvest activities. It will once again be a place where school children and families can learn about farm life in the 19th century by living IN history, as they work and play and learn at the Norlands.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
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Washburn-Norlands Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization
290 Norlands Road
Livermore, Maine 04253
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