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Join us this Saturday, May 10th, for our biggest event of the year! Day on the Farm. 
And here's a partial list of the activities for you and your kids:
Make Ice Cream
Churn Butter
Grind Corn
Make a Candle
See Farm Animals
Play Farm Games
Drive a Tractor 
Take a Hayride
Milk Wooden Cows
Learn Wood Carving & Horseshoeing 
Quilt Crafting
Pump Water
Make Cheese
Make a Corn Husk Doll
Learn about Weaving
on a loom
Drawing with Chalk
& More!
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Time for our Annual Day On The Farm to celebrate the history of good old-fashioned farming on Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Highway 152 outside Watsonville. This event is $2 per person. Children under 1 year old are free. Donations are also appreciated. Bring your whole neighborhood to participate!
This year the 4-H Fair will be at Day on the Farm. The 4-H will have a poultry show, exhibits, a dessert silent auction and more. And when you get hungry, you can purchase something delicious from their luncheon menu.

Children and adults will be able to grind corn, pump water, churn butter, make ice cream, watch horseshoeing, play old-fashioned games with stilts and hoops, chalk drawing, and all the other activities we will have available! We’ll also have our special tractor driving for both kids and grownups.

The tractor rodeo will be at 1:00 pm with trophies and ribbons! And a team of Clydesdale draft horses will be giving hayrides between 11:00 am and 2 pm. From 2pm – 3pm some lucky attendees will be able to drive the horses around the Gazebo with experienced teamsters assisting.

In addition to the horses, you will also be able to see rabbits, lambs, goats, chickens, and alpacas from Rock Star Alpacas.

“Day on the Farm is one of our biggest events of the year. People of all ages have a great time participating in the activities of daily farm life of yesterday, as well as wandering through the exhibits on the history of agriculture here in Pajaro Valley.” said John Kegebein, CEO of the Agricultural History Project.

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This Saturday May 10th the draft horses will be with us for Day on the Farm!
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We will, of course, have our usual totally fun tractor driving going on as well this Saturday during Easter on the Farm !!!
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The Agricultural History Project is hosting the Annual Easter On The Farm to celebrate Easter and the beginning of Spring on Saturday, April 12 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Highway 152 outside Watsonville. This event is FREE! Donations appreciated. Bring your whole neighborhood of children to participate!

This year’s Easter on the Farm will be a week before Easter – and part of the monthly series Second Saturday on the Farm. So come and celebrate just a little early – doubling your fun during this year’s Easter holidays.

Egg Hunts start at 11:15 am and will be every hour in four separate age groups: from 3 and under up to 12 years old. Times for egg hunts are 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, and 2:15 pm. Everyone who participates will have a special Easter treat. 

Activities for children and adults include: hat and basket making, face-painting, hayrides, games with stilts and hoops, tractor driving, mural painting, and others! We’ll also have chickens, rabbits, and possibly some lambs to pet and watch.

“Easter on the Farm is one of our premier Second Saturday events. We always provide some very special activities for families and fun for everyone,” said John Kegebein, CEO of the Agricultural History Project. 

The Agricultural History Project revitalizes our connection with farms and ranches by creating fun events for families, stimulating discussions on current issues, and thoughtful displays of our history with the land. Look for Second Saturday events every month and special annual events such as Day On The Farm on Saturday May 10 and Yesterday’s Farm during the Santa Cruz County Fair in September.

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The talk on Saturday about Robotics in Agriculture will be 1pm - 1:30pm -- plan to be there during that time! 

We'll have ongoing robotic building, programming, and all kinds of other activities throughout the 11am - 3pm time.
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Join us March 8, 11am - 3pm for Second Saturday on the Farm - Robotics in Agriculture!  

Featuring a scheduled talk on how robots are used in the agriculture industry in Santa Cruz County and around the world, plus LEGO building, robotic car races, programming, drawing a robot, competing sumo robots, hayrides, movies, practice cow milking, and other activities for children.

http://www.aghistoryproject.org/event/second-saturday-farm-robotics-agriculture/

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The Agricultural History Project Center and Museum continues the monthly Second Saturday On The Farm on February 8, 11am – 3pm at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Highway 152 outside Watsonville.  This event is FREE! Donations appreciated. Bring your whole neighborhood to participate!

This February 8th Second Saturday features a scheduled talk on pruning, tractor driving for kids, Valentine card making and cookie decorating, chocolate hearts and a chocolate exhibit from Donnelly Chocolates, hayrides, movies, practice cow milking, and other activities for children.  The indoor museum exhibit area will be open and activities will be inside if it rains.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm – Gustavo Beyer, owner of Alladin Nursery, will be demonstrating pruning fruit trees

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Mike Wallace of Watsonville, author of “The Borina Family of Watsonville” will give a presentation about the book and be available to sign books.

Ongoing Tractor driving, Valentine card making, cookie decorating, and other fun activities for kids.

Gustavo came from Mexico City 25 years ago and has worked in nurseries from San Jose to San Carlos.  He became owner of Alladin Nursery, in Watsonville, 9 years ago.  He is quick to say he is not a horticultural major: he just fell in love with plants and in his 25 years he has attended many seminars and training, been an active member of California Association of Nurseries.
 
Gustavo will bring fruit trees, tools and some books and guides that will be helpful for attendees.  He says there is no right or wrong to pruning; it’s not about killing the plant.  It’s about how you want it to look.

In "The Borina Family of Watsonville," newly published by the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, author Mike Wallace reintroduces four individuals whose impact will long be felt in Santa Cruz County.
"It's really an amazing story," said Wallace, who spent 15 months conducting interviews and researching a sketchy written record to pull together the story.
It's a tale that should appeal to those interested in California's history of immigration, agriculture, politics and women.
(from Sentinel Article, Dec 9, 2013, by Donna Jones)

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Some tractor orchestra Christmas Carols for you…

http://youtu.be/gLwllqJdRk4

This is for fun -- not an endorsement -- the people who created this are in Pennsylvania -- but we love tractors 
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