Saturday, December 9, 2023

Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

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About Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Every day has a full list of barnyard chores we need to accomplish to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy. Let’s get to work!

Join us for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program! Get on your muck boots – your whole family will get to be farmers together! Help feed our rabbit Violet, the goats, Morgana, Maeve and Mordred, and the dairy cows Gray, Jasmine, Gigi and Joanie. Collect eggs from our flock of chickens, muck and bed the stalls, scrub buckets, fill hay managers, and more.

This is a immersive, hands-on experience best suited for families—adults and children alike will get to try their hand at a variety of tasks. Be sure to wear sneakers or other closed-toe shoes when you join us in the barnyard. Family Farm chores is best suited for children and adults ages 3 and up who don’t mind getting dirty, and want to work in and learn about the barn.

*Younger friends may be more suited for our Befriend the Barnyard program*

We will meet at the Carriage Barn, following signs from the Farms Offices parking lot, park at farm house lot and walk to carriage barn.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

  • Program Refunds/Cancellations: In the event that a program is cancelled due to severe weather, low enrollment, or other circumstances, we will notify you as soon as possible by email and issue you a full refund within 14 days of the cancellation. If you cannot attend a program as planned, contact appletonfarms@thetrustees.org at least 7 days prior to the start of the program to receive a full refund or transfer to another date/class. Refunds and/or class transfers will not be granted for registration cancellations placed fewer than 7 days before the start of the program. There are no refunds for missed classes. Appleton Farms reserves the right to change program locations, schedules, or instructors when necessary. 
  • Where to park: When you arrive at the farm, go right at the fork at the Welcome House (towards Farmhouse, Carriage Barn & Offices) and park in the lot next to the white Farmhouse / Farm Offices. Overflow parking is located along the drive leading up to the farmhouse between the trees before you cross the 4-way bridge intersection. Please be mindful of roped off areas and no-parking signs.  The event will meet at the Carriage Barn, which is across the stone paddock in the grey buildilng.
  • Membership Lookup: Click here to find your membership number.
  • Need to see an existing order? Click here to see your current orders.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of its properties implies consent. See the full policy at thetrustees.org/photovideo
  • Buy out a class/private events: Have a group that wants to take a class or program together? We have options to buy out our classes and/or create private events. Email appletonfarms@thetrustees.org for more information. 
  • While you’re here: Don’t forget to stop by our seasonal wood-fired pizza oven open weekends Spring- Fall and visit the Farm Store Tuesday- Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

All are welcome at Appleton Farms, we are excited to host you!

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