Families hand-pick corn for a good cause at New Jersey living history farm

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (WPVI) — There’s something new to do every week at Howell Living History Farm. Today families came out to pick corn for a good cause.

“The farm’s mission has always been to give visitors, especially children, a taste of what life was like on a family farm in our day, 1890-1910,” said Kevin Watson, deputy manager of the farm.

Watson has been visiting the farm since he was a child. It was dedicated to Mercer County in the 1970s in memory of its previous owner, Charles Howell. Watson views it as a living organism with its rotating schedule of sheep shearing, syrup making, iron harvesting and corn picking.

“We’ve been able to remain open during the pandemic and still allow visitors to come out and help us with a new project called ‘Share the Harvest,'” said Watson.

Share the Harvest allowed the farm to keep its doors open by redirecting employees’ time and resources to producing more produce, which was then donated to area food supplies such as Mount Carmel Guild and Trenton Soup Kitchen . This included not just corn, but also wheat, corn, and more.

“Last year our total Share The Harvest donations were £28,000,” said Watson. “So only time will tell until the end of today how much we will bring in from the field but hopefully we have the help to do it.”

One person who came to the rescue was Yasmin Hernandez of North Brunswick, New Jersey. It is her favorite farm that she visits with her son and niece.

“I’m from Mexico, so I grew up with that with my dad,” Hernandez said. “So when I saw that they had this event, I thought I have to take them. And it makes me happy to teach them a bit of our culture.”

All year round, Howell Living History Farm invites guests of all ages to see their ever-changing activities. Every Saturday they host community events like upcoming cider making, bacon making and firewood cutting.

The farm is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Visitors have free entry except for paid sessions during the week. Currently there are still a limited number of slots for their corn harvest related programs.

A full calendar of events and instructions on how to attend can be found on their website.

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