Mathews farms to be showcased in Spring Fling

Bill Nachman - Posted on May 25, 2011 - 03:35 PM

The first Mathews Farm Spring Fling will be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Bentwaters Farm, located at 1083 Circle Drive, Route 600, near Bavon.

The free family-oriented event is being sponsored by four local farm operations to show the vibrant farm community in Mathews and Gloucester counties, said Rosalie Brown, who owns and operates Bentwaters Farm with her husband Larry.

Participating farm operators will showcase various facets of animal husbandry, such as milking goats, sheep shearing, wool spinning and weaving, and a petting zoo.

"There will be lots of activities for children and for the whole family," Brown said.

Participating farm operators include:

—Bentwaters, which raises chickens, ducks, Dwarf Ni-gerian milk goats, Registered Shetland sheep, Cashmere goats, among other animals, and offers wool spinning and weaving;

—Kitts Creek Farm, located on Circle Drive near Bavon, owned by Van, Denise and Joshua Bartlett; vegetables, herbs and plants;

—Zephyr Farms, Diggs, owners Jane and Terry Johnson, who raises chickens, eggs, show rabbits, chickens and milk goats, and;

—Calvin Morgan of Diggs, a beekeeper, who will talk about having a honeybee operation. "We need more bees for pollination," Morgan said. "I am still learning but I enjoy sharing my knowledge with other people with hope of inspiring them."