Spring brings new life to Indian Ladder Farms

Earth Day will be celebrated during the weekend of April 21 and 22. Worm composting, recycling events, and nature walks will be featured, said Bailey, "and Kelly Martin is bringing her raptors."

Another new attraction from April 21 to 22 is a weekend camp, called Wigwam Weekend and led by naturalist and native peoples educator Vince Walsh of the Kawing Crow Awareness Center. Kids enrolled in the camp will learn to harvest tree bark and weave it into the structure using the methods of northeastern woodland peoples, like the Iroqouis. Tuition is $85 for the two-day camp, including lunch.

If it's just the baby animals you want, however, Bailey said weekday mornings are the least crowded time (although the farm does host school field trips during this time).

It's easy to spend a full day at Indian Ladder. Start in the baby animals barn, and then proceed to the Farm Animal Learning Center. After lunch at the farm's Yellow Rock CafE, Bailey suggests either climbing Mount Mac for a terrific view of the surrounding area, including the Helderberg escarpment, or hiking the one-mile nature trail through the woods. "There's a lot of birds and tracks back there," she said.

You can also visit the farm animals, including Rosie the Scottish Highland cow and Eeyore the donkey.

Bailey recommends finishing with a visit to the market, containing "gifts from down the road and around the world." Many visitors won't leave without a bag of Indian Ladder's cider donuts, made onsite.

The Baby Animal Daze celebrates a new season.

"It kicks off spring perfectly," Bailey said.

Indian Ladder Farms is located at 342 Altamont Road in Voorheesville. For information, call 765-2956 or visit the Web site, www.indianladderfarms.com. ""

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