One of our decisions on becoming more green was finding businesses and organizations they support the green lifestyle and either shop at them or volunteer at. Gorman’s Heritage Farm has become our second home on the weekends. Gorman’s farm has a rich history and is home of one of the last known standing working barns from the civil war. Gorman Heritage Farm is a 122-acre nonprofit, working farm with a mission to educate about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and the environment. The vision of Gorman Heritage Farm is to cultivate an informed, involved community dedicated to Building Healthy Futures. Our values fulfilling the Gorman’s legacy are: Self-reliance, Stewardship, Service, Fun Experiential Learning, and Meaningful Labor. The Farm consists of 30 tillable acres, a farmyard with a variety of animals, several gardens, 40 acres of wooded hillside, 5 miles of hiking trails, and a natural pond. We encourage visits from members, guests, school groups, scouts, families, corporate groups, civic groups and more. The paid staff includes both farming and administrative professionals, supported by a strong cadre of volunteers. In recognition of the outstanding examples of local architecture, agricultural development and family farming, Gorman Heritage Farm was named to the National Register of Historic Places in August of 2012.
On Saturdays Kyra and Tresha spend time there taking care of the rabbits and chickens used in the educational programs provided by the farm. All three of us also take care of Stormy, Shorty, and Ringo on the weekends. Stormy is a 20+ year old miniature donkey, Stormy is a 20+ year old dwarf horse, and Ringo is a big strong Haflinger draft horse that Kyra is being taught how to drive. Below are weekend posts from the farm, mostly in pictures.