The 2016 season kicks off on April 1 and promises special programming and thought provoking exhibitions related to New York State agriculture and history. Programming will include the 69th Annual Junior Livestock Show, Harvest Festival, Thanksgiving at the Farm, Tractor Fest, Candlelight Evening and the Step Back in Time weekends, among others. The museum’s Dramatic Interpretation troupe, The Templeton Players, will present short plays and vignettes on historical events, characters, and folklore, bringing a new energy and content to the visitor experience. The Farmers’ Museum’s Empire State Carousel is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Since its arrival on our campus, it has served as a destination for children and families from far and wide. Lastly, many of our interpreters will have new hands-on activities for adults and children alike on a daily basis, and we will host periodic workshops focusing on traditional crafts.
The exhibition in the Main Barn, Farming’s New Era: From Field to Table in New York State opened in 2015 and considers how, using high tech or historic methods or a combination of both, New York State farms strive to be sustainable, efficient, viable, and interconnected. The exhibition follows New York State products and crops such as dairy, beef, apples, eggs, vegetables, and hops from farm to table. Interviews with local farmers provide stories about the varied faces of New York State agriculture. Additional examples of contemporary and historic farming practices round out the narrative. Visitors learn where, how and why food is grown and how it makes it to our stores and plates. This informative, beautifully presented exhibition is open for your enjoyment through December of this year.
In November of 2016, The Farmers' Museum is proud to present its third annual conference on food and farming, A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community. The conference's mission is to stimulate economic development in Central New York by providing educational and networking opportunities for farmers and concerned citizens. The Farmers’ Museum is considered a leader, resource, and staunch advocate on behalf of the agricultural community in New York State. The 2016 theme is both timely and practical: Climate Change & Its Impact on Farming in New York. In addition to the singular day of talks and workshops, The Farmers' Museum is also planning a short series of follow-up educational programming.
In 2016, we have a very exciting schedule planned for The Farmers’ Museum, so please make a point to visit us in Cooperstown this year.
For more information on upcoming programming, please visit: http://www.farmersmuseum.org/calendar