One day each year, the Swiss Village Farm opens its gates and welcomes visitors to their expansive 35-acre property, which houses rare and endangered breeds of food and fiber livestock. Visitors for the day have the opportunity to learn more about the foundation's efforts to preserve endangered breeds and rare livestock while enjoying myriad activities throughout the day, including self-guided tours through the historic village; visit with Chip, a rare Tennessee myotonic goat born from a frozen embryo; and meet the SVF laboratory, veterinary, and animal care staff.
In collaboration with Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, SVF elevates rare-breed conservation to a new level, through the cryopreservation of germplasm. By collecting 200 embryos and 3,000 straws of semen per breed, SVF will be able to reawaken a breed, with its full genetic diversity, within one generation, ultimately protecting of the world’s food supply.
- Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
- Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
- Where: SVF Grounds at 152 Harrison Avenue, Newport, RI
- Parking: Parking is available at Fort Adams State Park located at 84 Fort Adams Drive, Newport from which point transportation will be provided by trolley to the SVF Grounds.
- Admission: Free
- Take self-guided tours through the historic Swiss Village
- Visit the state-of-the-art facilities and meet the SVF laboratory, veterinary, and animal care staff
- Meet Chip, a rare Tennessee myotonic goat born from a frozen embryo, and learn about other endangered breeds of livestock
- Attend live cryogenics and sheep shearing demonstrations
- Shop SVF’s selection of farm products and heritage breed meat
- Savor treats from Julian's Omnibus, a double-decker food truck serving local heritage breed burgers and munchies.