Our Response to COVID-19

Last updated: June 19, 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.

However, in accordance with Governor Scott’s new “Play Smart, Play Safe” Addendum (05/06/20) , we have new requests of you. 

  • 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.
  • Do not congregate at the parking lot or on trails.
  • Only visit if you have met the 14-day quarantine requirement for travellers coming from out of state.
  • Do not play contact sports/games on the property.

In addition, to help keep our community safe and preserve our trails, 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 available on the property.

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 as usual for the remainder of the 2020 season. Soon, however, we will be taking reservations for all of our guest houses for extended single-family stays for the rest of the season, with heightened cleaning protocols. This is not a decision we have taken lightly and we are deeply sorry for the impact it will have on our friends and guests. If you would like to change your reservation, we will be happy to apply your deposit to a future date or continue to hold it until you are ready to reschedule your stay. Otherwise, our regular cancellation and refund policies apply.  If you would like to be added to a waitlist for extended family stays in 2020, or to our 2021 season, please visit our inn page.

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