Field Notes

1 07, 2024

Helping Injured & Orphaned Wildlife

2024-07-01T14:49:14-04:00July 1, 2024|Field Notes|

  Emily, one of our Rangers, helping a baby cottontail in one of our work areas. As spring transitions into summer, wildlife across our region are busy raising their young. It's common during this time to encounter seemingly orphaned or injured animals. However, wildlife parenting is very different ...

30 05, 2024

Spotlight on Cedar Pond Pavilion

2024-06-17T10:12:37-04:00May 30, 2024|Field Notes|

Tucked away in a serene setting in the southern section of The Greens, Cedar Pond Pavilion was envisioned by the founders of Willowsford as a place for education, recreation, and contemplation. Over the years, it has been used as a venue for birthday parties, nature classes, scout sleepovers, and the ...

14 05, 2024

All About Farm Stands

2024-05-14T17:09:55-04:00May 14, 2024|Field Notes|

The Willowsford Farm Stand opened this week for the Summer season! It’s our favorite time of year to see this Willowsford landmark bustling with activity. While our Farm Stand may be unique with its location and hours, the history of roadside Farm Stands and markets goes way back before the ...

2 05, 2024

Go Native!

2024-05-02T09:53:24-04:00May 2, 2024|Field Notes|

Willowsford residents take pride in their lawns and gardens, and rightfully so! Some residents have even taken it upon themselves to incorporate native plants into their landscapes which we love to see here at the conservancy! In this article, we’ll focus on why native plants are a great option ...

18 04, 2024

Food Choices Impact Our Planet

2024-04-18T18:37:58-04:00April 18, 2024|Field Notes|

This month we celebrate Earth Day – and today we would like to share a bit about how agriculture plays a substantial role in the world we live in and what you can do to help us cultivate a brighter future. Some of you have probably already experienced when shopping ...

1 04, 2024

Vernal Pools

2024-04-01T18:19:19-04:00April 1, 2024|Field Notes|

If you’ve ever visited our wet meadow in the Grange village, you may have noticed some small pools of water, they’re called vernal pools. A vernal pool is a seasonal pool of water that provides habitat for distinct plant and animal species. They are a unique type of wetland, as ...

21 03, 2024

Soil Health, The Best Investment A Farm Can Make

2024-06-17T16:21:09-04:00March 21, 2024|Field Notes|

If you’ve taken any of the farm tours at Willowsford Farm you often hear Farmer Eric or Farmer Andrew talking about the importance of soil health (image on the left is sharing this message with the Jr. Chef Academy kids). It is difficult to pin down exactly what constitutes a ...

6 03, 2024

What is “Brush Hogging”?

2024-03-06T08:21:38-05:00March 6, 2024|Field Notes|

The health and well being of our natural environment is a top priority for the Land Stewardship team at Willowsford, that is why we conduct routine maintenance on our meadows, forests, trails, and open spaces. Brush hogging is one of our upkeeping practices to maintain and improve the overall ...

22 02, 2024

Ever Wondered How Chickens Produce Eggs?

2024-06-17T16:24:35-04:00February 22, 2024|Field Notes|

Ever wondered how chickens produce eggs? Our hens are a cross called Novogen and have been bred to be excellent layers. During peak season one of our chickens can lay an egg up to 5 days a week! It all starts with the yolk, also called an oocyte, and ...

11 01, 2024


2024-06-17T16:22:27-04:00January 11, 2024|Field Notes|

Have you ever wondered where certain animals go during the winter? Some animals like wood ducks, mallards, certain butterflies, and other migratory birds will fly south to find warmer temperatures. While other organisms like skunks, groundhogs, insects, amphibians, foxes and more, stay home and brace the cold weather in ...

3 01, 2024

The “Bear” Necessities

2024-01-03T08:56:12-05:00January 3, 2024|Field Notes|

Black bears are North America's most widely distributed bear species and can found throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Mexico. More specifically, they can be found right here in Willowsford! We are fortunate enough to have several sightings of a healthy black bears in Willowsford ...

14 12, 2023

Eat in Season this Winter!

2023-12-14T11:05:20-05:00December 14, 2023|Field Notes|

What is “eating in season”? Simply put, it’s actively choosing foods that are grown and harvested during the current season. Think tomatoes in the peak of summer or fresh winter greens. For most of history, seasonal eating has just been eating, a cycle of growth, harvest and consumption based ...

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