Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published June 18th 2011
At one time, the borough of Queens was largely farmland. As New York City grew, though, more and more agricultural land was taken over to make room for residences and businesses.
Today, many children really have no idea of what it was like to live in an agrarian society, particularly in and around New York City. The Queens County Farm Museum offers a fun and educational way for them to get a glimpse into the past.
The Queens County Farm Museum is a working farm, and has been continuously farmed longer than any other farm site in New York. Part of the farm is set aside as a historic farm, so visitors can see exactly how it was back in the days when almost everyone in Queens lived and/or worked on a farm.
At the Queens County Farm Museum, you'll see farm buildings that have been restored and are being preserved. You'll also see farm implements that were used in the "good old days." You'll also see fields where crops are being grown. Remember this is a working farm, so be careful not to break or otherwise harm growing plants.
Animals such as sheep, goats, chickens, cows, and pigs. Some of these are standard breeds; that is, the kind of animals you might see anywhere. Others, though, are known as heritage breeds. These types of animals are those that would have been necessary for the early settlers to have in order to survive. These animals are still very close to the original breeds, and can survive well in more natural environments, such as that found on Queens County Farm Museum.
What kinds of animals? Are they friendly? Can I feed them?
Cotswold sheep, known for their special type of wool, pigs that would rather hunt their food in the woods than have it fed to them in a pen, and Rhode Island laying hens that are grass-fed only, which means they lay some of the best eggs around. The farm also has a couple of dairy cows.
Of all our animals, the goats are the friendliest. They aren't heritage stock, but they are still very healthy and fun to be around. And, yes, you can feed the goats, with food you purchase in the gift shop. Don't try to feed the other animals, though. Remember, they know what they like and need to eat, and we take care of their other dietary needs.
One word of caution: there are bees kept on the farm. If you or someone in your group has an allergy, please take note of their location and give it a wide berth.