Children's Farmyard

COVID-19 Update:

  • During the winter, visitors may use our Walking Trails by donation and at their own risk, with the understanding that trails are not maintained and winter conditions may be hazardous.
  • You may order Farm products and prepared foods for curbside pickup at our Farm Store.  
  • Programs for educators continue remotely; all on-site programming is suspended until further notice.
  • Our 2021 season has yet to be determined. 
  • More details at: COVID-19 homepage.

The Children’s Farmyard is not offering on-site educational programming in 2020, and our 2021 season has yet to be determined, 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.
  • You might pass by some of our animals while strolling along the walking trails. Here are some possibilities:

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

Goats - Alpine and Nubian 
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 spending the winter at a nearby farm.

Dairy Cows
We milk a herd of Brown Swiss dairy cows twice a day, and make cheddar cheese from their milk.  The milking herd can usually be found inside the dairy barns or in nearby pastures. Due to COVD, the dairy is closed to visitors at this time. Please do not enter.

Heifers
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 they will pop up 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.

Sheep
We have a large production flock of sheep that provides us with wool and meat.  Just like our cows they are always on the move so you never know where they will pop up next. Our small Children’s Farmyard flock is joining the production flock at the dairy this winter.