The donkeys at Alta Vista Farm in Rutland, MA didn’t mind posing for a few photographs during a recent visit.
Alta Vista Farm is Massachusetts’ only bison farm.
How surprising and uplifting it was to encounter this rescue camel enjoying a warm spring day at a local farm.
Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Tributary Headwaters Zone, Mason Farm, Holden, MA
Jordan Farm, Rutland, Massachusetts
Ragged Hill Dairy, West Brookfield, MA
Lilac Hedge Farm, Rutland, MA
Central Massachusetts boasts well over forty apple orchards. Sagatabscot is among the oldest.
Brookfield Orchards has served generations of Central Massachusetts residents during its one hundred and two year history.
Early fall in Central Massachusetts is the perfect time to explore and photograph the beauty of the region’s local farmlands.
Apple blossoms abound in Central Massachusetts this week!
Information posted at Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary’s Crocker Barn states:
“Built in 1925 by the Crocker family, this barn formerly housed a herd of prize-winning Milking Shorthorn cattle. It was designed by farm manager Paul Beardsley and was state-of-the-art for its time, featuring a ground floor milking parlor, a trussed, gambrel roof that provided vast interior space to pile loose hay (hay balers were not yet invented), and an overhead tramway system to easily move manure to a separate barn for storage. No longer present, but visible in the historic photo notice the twin silos, the four rooftop ventilators, the additional hay wagon ramp, and the small milk house in the foreground.
Currently, the Cow Barn provides storage for the materials, tools and equipment needed for sanctuary habitat management, and to maintain our trail system, buildings and grounds. Planning is underway to fundraise for renovations that would allow us to welcome visitors and program participants into this wonderful and historic space.”
The little town of Hardwick, MA is celebrated for its miles of historic stone walls, some of them massive. Recently, on a bitterly cold day with threatening skies, the view from the Great Meadowbrook Farmlands was stark and alluring.
From 2000- 2004, Great Meadowbrook Farm was the site of the Over the Walls Horse Trials, one of the premier equestrian events in the United States.
For the last thirty years, Heifer Farm has been an inspirational and multi-cultural presence in Central MA. It served as an educational center for visitors and interns who wanted to learn more about Heifer International and its mission to help alleviate poverty and hunger around the globe.
While Heifer International is still going strong, the Heifer Farm educational site in Rutland, MA will close its doors at the end of December. As usual, it will hold a free Holiday Fair for the next two weekends. I took some time today before the holiday hustle and bustle to enjoy the variety and beauty of the animals and the uplifting landscape of the site for one last time.
I encourage you to visit and donate to Heifer International during this season of giving.