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Be a friend to the farm

October 22, 2013, Elise Pearlmanin

Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Farm’s annual Fall Harvest Weekend which takes place at Northport’s historic Lewis Oliver Farm on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24 from 10 am to 4 pm. The event is one of many hosted by the Friends of the Farm, a not-for-profit group composed of volunteers who have lovingly devoted themselves to preserving and maintaining the farm and its resident animals, which include Annabelle the Cow, alpacas, goats, sheep, ducks and many others.

The Lewis Oliver Farm, which has graced Burt Avenue in Northport Village for more than 115 years, is the most enduring legacy of Northport’s fading rural past. The farm is open 365 days a year, allowing community members and especially children to experience the joy of visiting with the animals and watching their comical antics.Northport photographer Jennifer Lau, whose image of a chicken peeking out from the window of the Lewis Oliver Farm’s distinctive red barn accompanies this story, has been visiting the farm with her children for ten years.

 

 

 

 

 

“I love the fact that we have this fabulous farm right in the middle of a neighborhood,” Jennifer said of the photographic inspiration provided by the farm’s “rustic background” juxtaposed against the suburban setting. You can appreciate more of Jennifer’s work at the Firefly Gallery inside LaMantia Gallery on Main Street in Northport Village or by visiting her website at jenniferlauphotography.com.

“I tend to enjoy the animals more when I am taking the time to photograph them,” Jennifer added. “When you take the time to sit and watch them, you can see their personality come out a bit.”

Those who attend the Fall Harvest Weekend can visit the Farm’s Country Store where they can pick up the makings for an old-fashioned ‘Country Thanksgiving,’ including farm fresh vegetables, apples, apple cider, and homemade pies.

There will also be a barnyard sale where visitors can peruse and purchase interesting finds. The Fall Harvest Weekend is a fundraiser and proceeds go to the care of the animals, including feed, housing and veterinary costs.

To learn more, visit lewisoliverfarm.org. Donations for the barnyard sale are gratefully being accepted. You can email them at friendsofthefarm@ymail.com . The Friends of the Farm are also always looking for more volunteers. They meet on the first Monday of every month at 7:30 pm down on the farm.