Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Woodland Farm Visit

Sitting along the Ohio River in Goshen is the wonderful Woodland Farm.  We visited this beautiful working farm last Fall and fell in love. 

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Oldham County is home to several horse farms, but at Woodland Farm, visitors can learn about Kentucky bison and sustainable farm practices.

 photo pigs_zpsazlfznzd.jpegWoodland Farm is over 150 years old and is on the National Register of Historical Places. It was once slated to be subdivided until Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson purchased the farm in 1996 and turned it into the farm it is today.  Lucky for us, the farm offers tours for visitors to explore and learn more about the land and animals.

Our tour started at the farm store where we were picked up by farm manager, Kristopher Kelly.  We hopped in the back of his pickup truck and set out on our tour.  The first stop on the 1,000 acre farm was to visit the bison.  We stopped in the middle of a field where several bison surrounded us.  Kristopher spoke to us for a while about the animals and answered our questions.  It was neat to learn about the bison and see them up close.  There were several babies in the field that the kids enjoyed seeing.

After leaving the bison, we drove closer to the Ohio River where we passed a beautiful home, garden and developing orchards.  We zig-zagged our way through the woods down to the Ohio River, stopping to see the green bunnies and for Kristopher to point out old tree forts hiding in the woods.  Many of the structures on the farm were built using lumber from trees on the farm, adding to the sustainable process the farm prides itself on.  Visitors will notice unusual creatures in the fields including the green bunnies and pink snails located near the entrance to the farm.  The artwork adds joy and beauty to the tour.

 photo snails_zpsn0ajr2qz.jpegOn the banks of the Ohio River, we stopped and walked to visit the pigs and chickens.  We caught some of the piglets rushing back to their moms, ducking under the fencing and squealing along the way.  Kristopher found some remnants of corn in an adjacent field and let the kids feed it to some of the pigs.  In this area we also saw chickens and learned about the different breeds of pigs and chickens on the farm.

We loaded back in the truck bed and made our way back to the farm store for the end of our tour.  We marveled at the vastness and beauty of the farm.  We left with a new appreciation of how much work goes into the daily chores and upkeep of Woodland Farm.

Tours are open to the public April-October and are generally held on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30am. If you have a group of ten or more people tours can can be scheduled any weekday.  Tour prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children.  There is a discount for large groups.

Woodland Farm is located at 4716 Greenhaven Lane in Goshen, Kentucky.


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