Children's Farmyard

2021 COVID-19 Updates

  • Visitors may use our Walking Trails by donation and at their own risk. 
  • You may order Farm products and prepared foods for curbside pickup at our Farm Store.  
  • Programs for educators continue remotely.
  • 2021 on-site public programs, including the Children’s Farmyard, Tours, and camps are suspended until further notice.  The Inn and Restaurant will not open to the public in 2021. We will host guests in our single-family, stand-alone cottages. 
  • See letter from our President on COVID-19 homepage.

The Children’s Farmyard is not offering on-site educational programming in 2021, but there are still ways to check in with your favorite farm animals.

  • For virtual activities and animal visits, be sure to visit our “For You or Your Family” blog.
  • While enjoying our trails, you may see some of our animals out in their pastures.

We have a variety of chicken breeds including Cream Legbar, Polish, and Copper Maran. They can typically be found foraging, sunbathing, and dirt bathing near the Farm Barn.

Tess is a Belgian draft horse and Georgia is a Georgian Grande.  Draft horses are strong enough to do the same work as many machines!

Dairy Goats
Yaya, Honeybee, and Magpie are Nubian goats, you’ll notice their longer, floppy ears. Zola and Raisin are our alpine goats. 

Miniature Sicilian Donkey
Penelope is currently living on a local farm with three donkey companions.

Dairy Cows
We milk a herd of Brown Swiss dairy cows twice a day, and make cheddar cheese from their milk. The milking herd is often out on pasture grazing and can frequently be seen from the walking trails. Due to COVID, the dairy site and its barns are closed to visitors at this time.

These yearling cows (and future milk makers) rotate around the farm to keep our pastures healthy and nutritious. They are always on the move so you never know where you will see them next. Keep an eye out for them from our trails.

Beef Cows 
Did you know that Shelburne Farms also raises beef cows? These red angus and brown swiss crosses are redder in color than the brown swiss cows. See if you can spot any in the pastures on the farm.

Look out for our production sheep flock that provides us with wool and meat.  Like the cows and heifers, they are rotationally grazed across the land. You will also find a small flock of education sheep on pasture near the Farm Barn.