The Farm Yard, located behind the Discovery Center, is the home of the Aullwood Apple Fest, and many other fundraising and community events. There is also a large playground, many picnic shelters that are used mostly for school fieldtrips, and vintage tractors that children can play on. The chicken tractor, a chicken coup built inside of a tractor, is often seen at The Farm Yard. The Wyse Pavilion is centrally located in the farm yard and has several look out spots to admire the farm. This pavilion is often privately rented for events.
The Farm Yard also features a chicken coop, The children’s sustainable garden, an herb garden, and heritage turkey pen. The bee yard which features hundreds of bees and butterflies is also located in the farm yard. Honey and Maple syrup from the Sugar Bush are also produced on the farm.
The Bank Barn is a German Heritage barn that was built to resemble the 1800’s style. The foundation of the barn is built from limestone and, upon close inspection, visitors can find fossils sticking out of the stone. The wood is also locally sourced, as are the boulders that help secure the foundation. There are two levels, the top for hay, straw, and grain storage, and the bottom for an array of livestock including horses, pigs, cattle, goats, and turkeys.
The Sheep Barn is the lambing barn in the spring and provides grazing fields right behind for lamb and sheep. The primary use for this barn is for farmers to ensure the health of ewes while they are still with their mothers in the pen.
Spring Houses were used long ago before electricity as a cool storage space for cheese, milk and other dairy products. A wind mill pumps spring water to a creek and wet meadow. Visitors can see many different types of animals at the spring house and creeks including salamanders and fish.
Duck Pond is towards the back of the farm yard and has a very nice observation deck where visitors can watch native wetland animals such as ducks, heron, coyotes, foxes and deer. Photo: Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
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