We have a working farm growing heirloom varieties of vegetables for sale at farmer’s markets and in our Country store. We keep a small selection of heritage breed farm animals to support our educational programs. We have displays of agricultural implements and educational exhibits on rural life and agriculture for the visiting public and our many visiting school children. We offer guided tours of the farm and the historic Jones farmhouse. Special events and programs, workshops, and day camps are offered throughout the year.
Our CSA: Sorry No CSA this year
What we will grow this year:
The Pigs: Dorcas is a Gloucester Old Spot pig, a heritage breed traditionally used for keeping the orchards clear of dropped apples. She was born at Old Sturbridge Village. Update: sadly Dorcas our pig died in early Spring.
The Sheep: Our current flock of five sheep includes Gulf Coast Merinos, a breed once common in New Hampshire and Vermont, that we obtained from the flock at Old Sturbridge Village. The sheep are shorn each year by a professional shearer at our annual Spring Farm Day event.
The Goats: Details coming soon.
The Chickens:The Farm Museum keeps a flock of chickens in the coop at the Jones Farm, including heritage breeds such as Silver Gray Dorkings, Speckled Sussex, Dark Cornish, Dark Brahmas, Barred Rocks, Dominiques and Auracanas & Bantams. Our chickens are free-ranging (except when our gardens are first planted!) and we sell their eggs in the Country Store.
The Rabbits:We have two rabbits, Junior and Clementine, Their hutches are located outside the chicken coop and are a fun stop for kids on the way to visit the rest of the animals.
The Barn Cat: All farms need a barn cat or two. Butterscotch is the farm ambassador—they are friendly and industrious controlling the mouse population!
Keeping animals requires feed, bedding, and veterinary care. You can help by “adopting” any one or all of our farm animals (click “Join/Support” then “Adopt a Farm Animal”). Adopters will be invited to a special annual Farm Animal Tour. In the meantime, keep up with the Farm Museum animals on their Facebook pages—Dorcas the Pig has even been known to Twitter!