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.
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: We have two Arapawa goats named Esme and Elphaba, they are usually over at the Plummer Homestead. Arapawa goats are a very rare breed, and the only breed left with DNA from the Old English goats which came over on the Mayflower. They have a fascinating history and came to us via Jenness Farm in Nottingham and Plymouth Plantation.
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, New Hampshire Reds, 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: Junior the Rabbit lives in a hutch by a tree near the chicken coop.
The Cows: In the Summer season we often host cows or beef cattle from a local farm.
The Barn Cat: All farms need a barn cat or two. Butterscotch is the farm ambassador - and is great at 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.