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Spring babies begin to arrive at Fairfax County's Kidwell Farm Special

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 19, 2013 in Lifestyle
Herndon - As spring makes its debut, this usually this means Kidwell Farm, in Fairfax County, Virginia, has babies arriving. Several of the animals have already begun to birth.
As the Washington, D.C. region continues to fluctuate deciding whether it wants to be winter or spring, the animals at Frying Pan Farm Park's Kidwell Farm are right on schedule. Nature doesn't care whether the sun is shining or it's snowing.
Every year as spring approaches, locals in Virginia's Fairfax County eagerly await the spring births at the county-owned Kidwell Farm. Each year the farm posts flyers at the barn and also places a calendar online, so those interested in the newcomers can keep apprised of any upcoming births.
Frying Pan Farm, located in Herndon, Virginia, is a popular destination for locals with families, school trips and other groups looking to spend a day at the farm.
Frying Pan Park Farm is preserved as a 1920s - 1950s era self-sustaining farm. It illuminates farm life during that era. On some days, the house itself is open to visitors.
Over the decades, or more accurately, the last two centuries, the region now known as Fairfax County was farmland. However, today the Northern Virginia area is full of technology companies, government buildings and other commercial businesses. The park is one way locals and visitors can step back into time and get a good glimpse at the region's past.
Each day at 4 p.m. visitors can see both the old-fashioned way to milk a cow and also view the machine-based way of milking. Visitors are even invited to milk the cow themselves.
Digital Journal visited on a chilly and rainy day, yet there were still a number of visitors who stopped by Kidwell Farm to see the babies and take a step back in time. While modern technology has played a role in how farming is now done, the births remind that some things do not change.
According to Frying Pan's website, approximately 17 more births are anticipated between now and summer.
Frying Pan Farm Park is one of the few, if not the only, working farms left in Fairfax County. The park/farm is owned and operated by Fairfax County. It serves as an educational and recreational destination for visitors. Admission to the park and Kidwell Farm are free. Tractor rides and a spin on the park's (relatively new) carousel are available for a nominal fee.
Frying Pan Farm Park is open daily from dawn until dusk. Kidwell Farm is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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