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Ruckle Park Heritage Farm Day

posted May 2, 2019, 12:47 PM by Leah Ashford   [ updated May 2, 2019, 12:48 PM ]
From posting on the Salt Spring Exchange...
Ruckle Heritage Farm Day has been a long standing educational family day for the community and visitors alike. Scheduled for Sunday May 5, 10 – 3:00, this event displays heritage farming and crafts side-by-side with nature in the beautiful Ruckle Farm setting. As few free family events remain, this day has proven in the past to bring out a large crowd to experience the beauty of this magnificent Park, made particularly unique & special with the “oldest working farm in BC” tucked right into the middle. The day is geared toward educational heritage farm related themes and free family fun! This event invites participation on every level, be it volunteering, attending, or taking part in the day’s many hands-on activities. Many volunteers give of their time to make this day happen. With 2018 being cancelled, we hope to see everyone back again for another great day of fun at the farm.

Typically, the day and event will look something like this…Educational booths are located in the Heritage Farm area demonstrating such old crafts as spinning and weaving, basket making, quilting, and more. Lots of action alongside the old forge building where you will find the Blacksmithing group, and butter churning at the old milk house. The Firemen will have the vintage engine on display, and log-sawing as it used to be done invites your participation. You will find archive displays, as well as old equipment on display inside the old barn. Also in the barn are ongoing films with Peter Prince showcasing the early settlers of Salt Spring, including the Ruckle family. The Lions Club will be making BBQ’d burgers & hotdogs, with picnic seating available. At 12:00 Pieter Demooy will demonstrate how sheep shearing has evolved over the ages. Don’t miss the sheep herding demonstration at 1:00 sharp with Mike Lane & Ruckle Farm’s Border Collies Bella & Benardo. For your listening enjoyment, Marianne Grittani and Rose Birney will provide music at 11:30 and 1:30. You are sure to find the farm’s turkeys and bottle fed lambs on hand as well. Walk around the grounds enjoying the farm and friendly faces, don’t forget to look into the white heritage house for another peek into the past. Hope to see you there with sunny skies on order.
Interested vendors and volunteers may contact Marjorie Lane at 250-537-7619 or
Leah Ashford,
May 2, 2019, 12:47 PM