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'The Friends' love having a reason to invite you out to Schumacher Farm Park. 
Please join us as we celebrate the growing season. 

Upcoming events

    • 26 Jun 2017
    • 1:00 PM
    • 28 Jun 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • Schumacher Farm Park

    Schumacher Farm will once again be offering a kids' camp series this year, called Summer Fun at the Farm for grades 1-6. Youngsters will get to experience what life was like on a farm in Wisconsin in the 1920s and 30s. They will have the opportunity to enjoy stories, crafts, games, food, music, and activities from that period in time. The kids will love going on a hayride and prairie scavenger hunt, making toys, playing Tug of War, and sampling homemade ice cream, plus many more engaging activities. Camp will run from June 25, 26, and 27. If you are interested in signing your child(ren) up, please fill out and mail registration form by June 15th.

    • 11 Jul 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 3

    Soap Making

    Join us at the farm to learn the old time craft of soap making the natural process way. If you’ve been using store bought soap, your skin is in for a real treat and will thank you for learning this old homesteaders craft!

    While we will not be rendering down the tallow from a prized cow or cooking over an open fire, you will learn to make soap using a variety of readily available oils and good old lye! You will learn to safely calculate lye usage based on the type of oil being used so you will always create a luxurious (and safe) bar of soap. Please note that lye is a caustic substance and while all precautions will be used for safe and proper handling, we ask that registrants be at least 15 years of age and accompanied by an adult.

    This workshop will take about two hours to complete and will require you to return the next day (24 hours later) to cut the soap. Each person (or team of two) will be assigned a specific soap recipe. When the soaps are ready to cut, each batch will be shared and traded with all other soaps made. You will go home with three to four bars of each type of soap made; a total of 16-18 bars of soap, with a commercial value of over $80 (that’s a lot of soap)!

    Most of your soaps will not be ready to use for another three to four weeks when they have been fully cured. That being said, you will want to make available at your home a cool, dry area that you can store your soaps as they cure. You’ll learn more about this at the workshop.

    We will be working in the barn so rain or shine; we’ll be ready for you. Please sign up early, as there is limited space. We look forward to seeing you soon.

    Little things to consider before arriving:

    • Wear old but comfortable clothes that you won’t mind if you get a little oil on them
    • Bring reading glasses if you use them
    • Bring a box or basket to take your goodies home in
    • Be aware that these will be natural process soaps, but that doesn’t necessarily mean 100% all natural ingredients. We WILL however, be making at least one batch of completely natural soap.
    • Create an out of the way space at your home to store the soaps for about a month

    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Schumacher Farm Park
    • 24

    Monarch Butterflies & How we can protect them

    Join Master Gardener, Gae Bergmann, as she talks about the life of a Monarch butterfly and how she has raised over 900 of these beautiful butterflies. She has planted four varieties of milkweed plus a variety of flowers to nourish them, which has resulted in her homestead being certified as a "Monarch Waystation".

    Attendees will learn about the monarch life cycle, why milkweed is necessary to that cycle and how to make their property more inviting to butterflies. The group will then go on a guided nature walk through our restored prairie to find monarchs on milkweed and identify other plants that attract the butterfly. 

    Attendees will receive a butterfly-friendly plant list and knowledge of monarch conservation practices that can be used in their own backyards.

    • 20 Jul 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Schumacher Farm Park

    Antique Appraisal Event

    Featuring Mark Moran, author and antique expert seen on PBS's Antiques Roadshow. Commonly appraised items include small furniture, ceramics, glassware, metalware, vintage photos, sporting memorabilia, folk art, toys, clocks, books and musical instruments. 

    Appraisals by reservation only.  Limited appointments available -- register soon!

    Price per item: $15.00, to be paid in advance when you register (cash or check only).

    To register: call park office at (608) 849-4559 or email: info@schumacherfarmpark.org to hold your appointment.


    Excluded items: weapons, swords, knives (folding knives are ok), coins, Nazi memorabilia, fine jewelry and precious gems, Beanie Babies). 

    For additional information on appraisal categories:


    Photo credit: Sharon Cekada/Appleton Post Crescent

    • 10 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Schumacher Farm Park

    The Friends of Schumacher Farm present...

    The 25th Annual HERITAGE FEST

    Celebrating the Past

    Sunday, September 10th (12-5pm)

    Join us on this banner anniversary to celebrate the harvest days of rural farming history. Guests will see demonstrations of steam-powered antique threshing machines and 1920-30s harvesting techniques and invited to try their hand at woodworking, weaving, knitting, spinning, cider making and many other crafts. Cooking tips in the farm's kitchen using herbs and foods from the heritage garden will also be available. Don't forget the goats, rabbits, chicks, and horse-drawn wagon rides -- all day, all good fun.


    Some food & drink will be sold. No alcoholic beverages are permitted. Parking in the lower lot, off of Schumacher Road.

    Admission: $20 per family or $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-17. Children under 3 are FREE!

    Join the Friends group on the day of event and receive free admission.

info@schumacherfarmpark.org           5682 Hwy 19, Waunakee, WI 53597            Phone:  608-849-4559  

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