Our Response to COVID-19

Last updated: July 13, 2020

Shelburne Farms is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, and slowing the spread of this disease.

If you have traveled in affected locations, or have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 or someone who has traveled in the affected locations, please do not visit the Farm.  If you have underlying health conditions, please follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

Walking at the Farm

We are happy to say our trails remain available to you for walking and exercise, and as a place to seek solace, comfort, and connection to the natural world. This reflects Governor Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order.

To protect everyone’s health and safety, we ask that you please: 

  • Practice social distancing at all times in our parking lot and on our trails. Maintain 6 feet of separation between you and other parties, stepping off the trail as needed.
  • Bring face masks for the adults in your party during your visit, and wear them anytime another person (outside your pod) gets within 6 feet.
  • Follow the VT Department of Healthy guidelines for pre-visit quarantining if arriving from out of state.
  • Do not play contact sports/games on the property.

In addition, these existing guidelines apply: 

  • Park only at the Welcome Center. The Farm roads are closed to visiting cars.
  • Come back another time if our Welcome Center parking lot is full. This will limit crowding (and potential virus transmission) both in the parking lot and at our trailhead.
  • Leave your bikes at the Welcome Center parking lot. 
  • Stay on marked trails. After parking at the Welcome Center, stay on the pedestrian path along the Farm’s main road to the lake. In other areas, use off-road marked trails wherever possible. 
  • Stay out of all barns and buildings. To protect the safety of our staff who are operating essential food and farm functions, all our barns and buildings are closed to the public. The Welcome Center & Farm Store is only open for curbside pick ups (see below).
  • Respect all “Private No Access” or “No farther” signs.  While open to the public, the Farm has several private property owners as neighbors and on-farm residents. We are fully committed to being a good neighbor to them and respecting their privacy. Please do the same by observing all “Private No Access” or “No Farther” signs. 
  • Leave your dogs at home. We know pets offer comfort in uncertain times (and they need walks, too!). However, with more people visiting, animals going out on pasture, and increased wildlife activity, we don’t allow visiting dogs. 
  • In lieu of an admission fee, please consider supporting the Farm today to help care for and share our educational campus. Thank you!

Note:  There are currently no public restrooms, water fountains, or bottled water available on the property. Please plan accordingly.

More tips on healthy outdoor recreation in Vermont during  COVID-19, from Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Ordering Farm Products

Mail order is shipping farm products on its regular schedule. Locally, you can order online for curbside pickup of our products, or we can deliver to Shelburne residents only (Monday to Friday).  Pick up is daily at our Farm Store, and also on Saturdays at the Burlington Farmers Market. You can also call in your order to 802-985-8442, daily from 10AM to 5PM.

Shelburne Farms Programs and Events

With an abundance of caution, and recognizing that gatherings can facilitate the spread or risk of exposure to COVID-19, we are suspending all of our programs and events at the Farm until further notice, including tours and the Children’s Farmyard. If programs or events that you are registered for are cancelled, you will be notified via email with details about rescheduling and refunds. Please check our calendar for updates.

Overnight Stays

We have made the difficult decision to not open the Inn and Restaurant for the 2020 season. This is not a decision we take lightly and we are deeply sorry for the impact it has on our friends, guests and local community.  We continue to operate our stand-alone cottages and houses, including the Inn, as extended single-family rentals (5 nights or more), with heightened cleaning protocols and extended time between stays.  We currently have an extensive waitlist for cottage/house rentals. If you would like to add your name to the waitlist, or have interest in staying with us in 2021, please visit our inn page.    

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