Whenever we make the trip home to VT, my fiance and I like to take a hike or stroll up at Merck Forest & Farmland Center located in Pawlet. We wonder at our surroundings of rolling green mountains, open fields, and the intricacies of a working farm. The center, a non-profit environmental education organization, is 3,160 acres of farmland and forest in the Taconic Mountains. Cabins dot the mountainside which you can rent for a night or two and hike up to. This trip was the first time we went around the farm and said hello to the friendly animals including some rather sleepy pigs, handsome work horses, and fluffy sheep.