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Around Aullwood Farm
 

 Farm Discovery Center  Farm Yard  Horse Pasture  Bank Barn
 Sheep Barn  Sheep Pasture  Spring House and Pond  Turkeys
Herb Garden  Children's Garden  Chicken Coop  Brood House
Cow Pasture  Orchard and Bee Yard  Sugar Bush Pastures and Crop Fields

Charity A. Krueger Farm Discovery Center
This buildling serves as the gateway to the farm.  It serve primarily as an educational facility for our agriculture and nature programs.  Season activities such as Candle Dipping (November - December) take place here.  Bulk orders of farm products are available here.

Farm Yard
The large yard between the barn and Thomas Buildings often teems with activity. Apple Fest, Enchanted Forest, and Farm Babies Fest take place in this area. School groups and other visitors picnic on sunny days. A nice tour can be taken by simply walking around the edge of the farmyard and visiting the bank barn and adjacent pastures.

Horse Pasture and Swale Complex
These pastures provide grazing areas thorughout the year.  A large Black Walnut tree provides habitat for wildlife and shade for livestock.  The narrowly fenced swale serves as a water catchment area.  Ask the farmer to show you where the flerd is currently grazing.

Bank Barn
Aullwood's barn is built in the bank barn style used here by German heritage farmers in the 1800's. A grassy slope leads to the upper level where hay, grains, and educational exhibits are housed.  The beams were hand hewn from local hardwoods and are attached by wooden pegs.   The longest bean is froma tulip tree and is as long as a 6 story building!  The lower level houses a menagerie of livestock in small pens.  Outdoor paddocks provide additional room.  The foundation is constructed of limestone and small glacial boulders gathered from the fields.  An astute observer may discover fossils in the limestone blocks.

Sheep Barn
This building provides a small sheltered pen and adjacent pasture access.  This barn is used extensively in the spring during the lambing season (March - May).  Ewes and their newborn lambs are penned together for the first few days after birth to allow the farmers to keep a close watch on their health and development.  As spring fades into summer, the newborns and their mothers will rejoin the flerd and spend the rest of the year on pasture.  Sheep also receive veterinary care in this building.

Sheep Pasture and Coffeetree Pasture
These two small pastures are used extensively during the lambing season and are grazed by the flerd during other times of the year.  The large Kentucky Coffeetrees provide shade during the warmer months.

Spring House and Duck Pond Wetland Complex
The Spring House was a common site at many farms in the past.  Cool spring waters helped the farmer to keep milk, cheese, eggs and other perishables fresh.  Look for long-tailed salamanders and crayfish in the water.  An adjacent wind mill still pumps water from the spring feeding a small stream and wet meadow.  Wildflowers and other wetland associated animals find a home here.  The Duck Pond was redug in 2004 to increase its size and provide new educational opportunities.  An observation deck and native wetland plant species greet the visitor.  Turtles, toads, frogs, and a plethora of aquatic insects add to the diversity.  Ducks, herons, raccoon, deer, fox, and coyote are among the frequent visitors to his area.

Turkeys
This triangular shaped paddock houses our Heritage Turkeys.  These birds are genetically close to their wild ancestors than the common farm turkey.  The Tom (male) can be frequently seen defending his territory through his impressive feather display.  Turkeys are the only common native North American farm animal.

Herb Garden
Follow the access road between the Turkey Pen and the Coffeetree Pasture to reach the Greenview Garden Club's Herb Garden.  This lovely little herb garden has been tended for over thirty five years!  The sights and smells make this a multi-sensory experience.  Look for native herbs and herbs from overseas or sit a while and watch the sundial's shadow change.

Children's Sustainable Garden
This small demonstration garden showcases a wide variety of vegetables and herbs.  Rasied beds, compost, mulch, and crop rotation are featured.  Cold Frames are utilized in the colder months to featre examples of four-season gardening.  Themed beds such as a "Pizza Bed" teach about the variety of plants that contribute to our diet.  Arches, benches, and a variety of colors and smells make this a fun introduction to gardening for kids.  Weekend farm programs make extensive use of the garden and let participants take home a piece of the farm.  Heritage variety crops are well represented.  Non-typical shapes and colors of common vegetables make this an educational experience for even experienced green thumbs.

Chicken Coop
This small building houses two pens.  Aullwood's layer chickens reside here as well as our rabbits.  The chickens provide eggs and the rabbits provide meat and fur.  Egg colllecting is a fun part of Aullwood's programs as the diverse breeds produce different colored eggs.  Aullwood truly is a place of green eggs and ham!  Older hens and rooster are raised as fryers (to eat).  Chickens can lay 1 egg every 24 hours.  Other poultry species may be seen throughout the season.  Guinea Fowl (an African species), domestic ducks, and turkeys may be present.

Brood House
This small building is where we raise our young chicks during the summer season.  They arrive when they are a day old and live here for a few weeks when they are hardy enough to go outside.  Heat lamps provide the high temperatures necessary for their development.  Please pay attention to any "Do No Enter" signs to help us ensure the health of the chicks.

Cow Pasture Complex
These three pastures behind the brood house provide forage for the flerd.  A variety of plant species offer a seasonal buffet to the herbivores.  Red-tailed hawks may be seen perched along the edges scanning for a mammalian meal.

Orchard and Bee Yard
Follow the path between the Cow Pasture and Entrance Drive to reach the Orchard and Bees.  The pasture on your left provides forage for the flerd throughout the year and the spring and summer flowers invite thousands of bees and butterflies.  Beyond the small meadow is the Orchard.  Cherries, apples, and pears feature fragrant spring blossoms and late summer and fall fruit harvests.  The bees readily pollinate the flowers in their search for nectar and pollen.  Deer, groundhogs, and other wildlife feast upon the orchard's bounty in the evenings.  The bees are present year round and may even be seen flying on sunny winter days!  They huddle together in a constantly changing mass to keep warm through the winter.  Al Tuttle, of Eagle Ridge Apiaries manages the hives and Aullwood's honey can be purchased in the Nature Center store.

Sugar Bush
This 15 acre woodland features sugar maples and other native hardwoods like beech and cherry.  It becomes a busy place in February and March as when we tap the maples, harvest the sap, and boil it down into maple syrup in the Sugar House.  Weekend programs give visitors a taste of this Northeastern American native food source.  Wildlife benefit throughout the year and a careful observer may spot owls, pileated woodpeckers,  wildflowers, and a host of mammal species.

Outlying Pastures and Crop Fields
A variety of pastures and fields surround the main farm campus.  Nighttime grazing with electric fencing allows the flerd access to fresh forage.  The large open expanses provide habitat for resident and migrant grassland bird species such as Eastern Meadowlarks, Savannah Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, Horned Larks, Killdeer, and Red-winged Blackbirds.  Hedgerows and grasses provide habitat for cottontails and small rodent which in turn offer prey for foxes, coyotes, snakes, hawks, and owls.  Late summer and fall evenings are often alive with white-tailed deer herds featuring sparring bucks and grazing does.

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