We have a working farm growing heirloom varieties of vegetables for educational purposes. 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 museum maintains several gardens for the cultivation of vegetables which we 0ften sell in our country store. We also have herb gardens and flower gardens as well as a children’s garden for educational purposes. We have many old varieties of herbs as well as heirloom varieties of vegetables and flowers.
Our Farm Animals
The Pigs: We plan to have new Gloucester Old Spot pigs by Spring since we lost our old pig Dorcas last Spring. Gloucester Old Spots are a heritage breed traditionally used for keeping the orchards clear of dropped apples.
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 Goats: We are planning on two new heritage breed goats this Spring as we lost our Arapawa goat last year.
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, Buff Orpingtons, 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.