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“Visit the farm animals with the kids”
Review of Coverdale Farm

Coverdale Farm
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Owner description: The Coverdale Farm complex at the 352-acre Burrows Run Preserve encompasses an 18th-century stone bank barn, pastures and fields, idyllic ponds and woodlands and panoramic views of rolling countryside. Programs run the gamut from cooking classes to birdwatching hikes, hayrides to sunrise yoga. Spring to fall, Farm Fun Days are held each Wednesday, offering families a chance to visit the farm animals and assist with chores.
Reviewed 4 May 2016

We went here as part of a class field trip to the farm with our school. I had never heard of the farm before, so it was a new experience for all of us.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by staff and divided into groups. Each group had a tour guide. Our guide was Miss Barbara. She was a very nice elderly woman. She guided us through their vegetable garden and gave us a brief introduction to the farm. Then she took us for a walk up to see the Sow and her piglets. She taught the children a little about the pigs, including that a Mommy pig is called a sow. Next we visited the sheep. Here they were taught that the mother is a Ewe and the babies are lambs. Here they were allowed to pet the lambs, feel their wool and feed them some feed by hand. Next we visited with the cows in the barn. There was one beef cow and one milk cow in the barn. Here Miss Barbara allowed the children to pet the milk cow. After that, she led us around the barn where we saw the calves. She said their names were butterscotch and praline. She also told the kids to be real quiet & maybe the calves would come up close to them. A couple of us were even able to get "calf kisses" on our hands. After viewing the cows, we were led around to the chicken coop. Here they saw several groups of chickens of various ages & a rooster. There was even a house for the baby chicks where the kids were instructed to sit on bales of hay. Here they got to pet a baby chick and were given a lesson on various types/colors of eggs.

Near the end of our tour, Miss Barbara gave us a review of the farm lessons. Using her apron she asked the kids to name each of the animals (cow, chicken, pig, sheep) and to name their mom/baby names (cow/calf, hen/chick, sow/piglet, ewe/lamb). As she went along, she pulled stuffed baby animals out of her apron pockets and asked the children where they should go on the apron (to match them with their Mommy). As they went along, she would Velcro them onto the correct position. This was such a cute and educational lesson.

After our tour, we were led over to a big metal trough where the kids washed their hands with soap and warm water in preparation for heading back to the bus for lunch.

Overall, a nice tour of the farm. The kids seemed to enjoy it. It is a small farm, which is perfect for small toddlers. Our guide, Miss Barbara, was very nice. Walking trails are mostly dirt/grass and some gravel here and there. It was raining when we were there, but it was not that bad in terms of mud/dirt. They do have a few picnic tables on location should you want to pack a picnic lunch or some snacks. Our guide did mention that they have events throughout the year where they have food trucks come, sheep shearing, etc. IF you are looking for a little more than just visiting with the animals. There is a small fee for non-members.

Thank daisyferret1
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Reviewed 1 June 2015

Coverdale Farm is a short 15 minute drive out of Wilmington, DE and less than 5 minutes away from Winterthur. As members of the Delaware Nature Society, we have been to Coverdale dozens of times over the years with our 2 children for free Farm Days in the summer when you can visit and see all of the farm animals to summer camps to evening cooking events. The farm itself is stunningly picturesque and the activities available for young children to milk a cow, feed the chickens and pigs, etc. are all well organized. Visit Coverdale's home page for a host of summer activities, my favorite was an evening organic BBQ followed by a hay ride around the farm.

Thank Pam M
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

This is a great place for kids to learn about the basics of family farming - but really from a historical perspective. Farming today is very high tech and industrialized. This is small and approchable with a warm caring staff that have been there for years and years. They are fantastic with kids. Great camps too!

1  Thank Ann W
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

I went to Coverdale farm on an overcast Sunday in October for their annual Harvest Moon Festival with two children ages 6 and 11. There was a fee of $8 for adults and $6 for kids but since we got there an hour and a half before they were closing and probably because of the inclement weather, we got in for free! We all hand milked a cow, bottle fed a calf, held two adorable chicks of different ages and learned a little bit about each animal. We also touched a live snake and navigated through a fun corn maze. There were also tables with art projects that you could make if you paid an additional $1-$3. They had had turtle races, worm composting and a hawk watch among many other activities earlier in the day and also the day before. There was food for sale such as hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cake, kettle corn, cotton candy and Woodside Farm Ice Cream. I will definitely go back next year on a sunny day and I'd recommend it for all ages.

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