WHAT IS THE FARMYARD?
The Family Farmyard offers an educational and hands on venue to experience farm life here in Maine.
The farmyard is open daily year round from 10am-4pm with laying hens and Holstein cows in residence and an engaging outdoor play area. Beginning in mid-May and continuing through September, we welcome a wider variety of animals from local farms to our pastures including goats, sheep, pigs and more. In June, July and August of each summer we offer educator led hourly activities in the farmyard, some of which could include hand milking a Holstein cow, collecting chicken eggs or meeting the sheep. Learn about different farming methods, animal jobs and products, or ask us your farm animal questions! July 1 – August 31 contact the Education Department at firstname.lastname@example.org for our Daily Hourly Activity Schedule.
Valley Farm & Farmyard
10am-4pm Reservation required. Barns are open unless marked as closed.
(Please see our covid-19 announcement)
Admission & Family Programs:
2 Hour Farm Pass
Purchase online to reserve a time slot. There is a kiosk at the Farm entrance to check you in. Continue past the Market on Farm View Drive and take your first left onto Valley Farm Rd.
Reserve 2 Hour Farm Pass
$5/Children (3 and above)
FREE/Children (2 and below)
FREE (with pass purchase)/Farm Season Pass Holders
Gain access to $5 programs and self-guided tours and more all year long! (Exclusions apply)
Farm Season Pass
$100/Family of up to 4
WHAT WILL YOU FIND?
The Education Barn, Sugar House, Farm Animals, Gardens & Outside Play
Our Sugar House was established in 2020. You’ll find it in production each February & March. When the sap starts running the steam will be billowing out of the Sugar House. We tap over 200 maple trees on the Pineland Farms property, resulting in approximately 50 gallons of Maple Syrup (give or take). Join us for Maine Maple Sunday to celebrate this special treat. You can find our Maine Maple Syrup at the Market.
In addition to our year round farm animals, you’ll find our summer farmyard residents. These animals come from other local Maine farms and stay during the summer months to help us educate the public about the different types of farming across the state. These animals can include alpaca, pigs, horses and other breeds of cows.
Visit in: Year Round
The Farmyard Garden is located behind the Education Barn on the Valley Farm. This garden space was originally designed as a landscape featuring dozens of varieties of trees, shrubs and plants that provided edible resources for both wildlife and people year after year. Now in addition you will find multiple raised beds, in ground gardens and a hugelkultur, or hill culture garden as well as an outside green play space. The farmyard gardens support our education programs, and offer a hands on learning opportunity for visitors of all ages. The big willow tree is an early season pollen source for bees and we have multiple medicinal perennials as well as a variety of vegetables, wild Maine berries, and many fruit trees. We welcome you to the Farmyard to visit the farm animals, play in the gardens and discover the native and agricultural plants grown in Maine.
Visit in: Spring, Summer, Fall
The Farmyard is designed to be a place for kids of all ages to visit & learn about nature and farming. Let your imagination run free in the Fairy Village or take in the sounds, smells and sights of the flora and fauna. The little ones will enjoy the slide, playhouse and seesaws as they meet new friends.
Visit in: Spring, Summer, Fall
We are always cooking up a fun new experience (or tasty summer treat, cough cough, ice cream) in the farmyard so stay tuned for details as the warmer months approach. Check out our family program schedule for food, garden and animal based programming.
Who: The farmyard is open to explorers of all ages and walks of life. If you are 3, 30, or 93 and have always wondered what it would be like to milk a cow on a balmy summer day, join us!
Where: The Family Farmyard is located behind the Education Barn on the Valley Farm at Pineland. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the Market and Welcome Center. With your farm pass you have access to the farm all day long (10am-4pm) and imagine this, all of the cow kisses you could dream of!
Why: In an increasingly busy and disconnected world we feel it is more important now than ever to stay connected to the natural world around us. Here at Pineland it is our mission to:
- educate participants about local natural history and agriculture
- inspire participants to become active stewards of land and resources
- connect participants to forests, fields, livestock and land
- facilitate a meaningful hands-on experience
- create a positive educational experience emphasizing fun and learning