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Open Gate Farm, Earlysville

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Interactive Farm Tours

“An authentic, hands-on learning experience”

Families– Private Tours – Schools – Educational Groups Mom/Toddler Groups – Churches – Birthday Parties

Just 12 miles from downtown Charlottesville, you can discover the wonders of an organic family farm. With a variety of livestock and an abundant garden, Open Gate Farm welcomes visitors to the full experience of a working farm. Our farm tours are designed to be educational, experiential, and fun!

When we say hands on, we mean it. Children will romp with the piglets, gather eggs from under a hen, hold baby chicks, learn how to milk a goat, pet the sows, talk with the turkeys, discover an organic garden, taste herbs, berries and fresh vegetables, ramble on a nature walk, and much more.

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  • Took my 3 great nieces/nephews here and it was just wonderful. Tom was so good w/ the kids (3, 6 and 8). They fed the pigs, chickens, turkeys and goats. They gathered eggs, held bunnies and chickens, ...  more »
  • Wow, wow, wow! We had such a great time at Open Gate Farm! Our group of five moms and 8 kids, ranging in age from 15 months to 9 years, visited the farm for an interactive tour. Tom couldn't have been...  more »
  • This is more than a petting zoo! It is an adventure on a small farm in Virginia. Even the drive there is exceptional. There is nothing more beautiful than the Virginia countryside! The scenery on the farm is absolutely stunning. You will find the urge to just stand where you are and take it all in-several times while on the farm. The farm has a big lake, right now there are 3 cool goats, 3 huge pigs, piglets and bigger piglets, lots of free roaming hens, roosters, and turkeys. Little baby chicks, 2 wonderful dogs. There's 2 cats that if your lucky you will see. It's very hands on. You get to have the whole small farm experience & the farmer, Tom is very knowledgeable and kind. He's very patient with and answers every question with ease. He clearly loves his animals and has a passion for small farming. He even has meats and eggs for sale-and they are the best! It's the place I go to for every egg I eat, and majority of my pork and chicken. (Protip: I'm know undercutting my braut-buying capabilities, but Im not selfish so I'll share with you all: when he has brautwurst available buy them. The best brauts I've ever had!!) Oh and in the warmer months the farm has a beautiful garden full of the prettiest and tastiest produce around. It's really worth the beautiful drive to experience this sweet little farm. It's welcoming to kids and adults and group tours as well! Or if you just want to buy some really tasty meats and or eggs it's a good place to start. Especially the eggs!!!! They are the best eggs I've ever eaten in my life. No joke y'all, the Best.Eggs.Ever.

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