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Old Orlando Has A Farm…

From petting zoos to local, organic gardens, Orlando’s farming communities have a whole lot to offer. Ei Ei Oh!

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Before Orlando was famous for theme parks and attractions, it was farmland! Farming is still a big part of many Floridian lifestyles. Sick of life in the city and ready to spend some time with the animals away from it all? Be a farmer for a day (or for the weekend) and learn about Florida’s local farming communities!

Trying to figure out a way to spend the day outdoors with your kids? Little one obsessed with ponies? How about hay rides and pond fishing? Well, look no further than Family Farm Day, on January 28th at Pony Tales in New Smyrna Beach. A lovely road trip and afternoon for the whole family, and all proceeds go towards animal upkeep!

If you can’t make it to Family Farm Day, or are in the mood to go somewhere a little bit closer to the Orlando area, head over to Green Meadows Petting Farm! One of my personal favorite field trips as a kid, Green Meadows is a local gem. Milk a cow, learn all about farm animals such as sheep, cows, goats, chickens, geese, donkeys, and even meet an Asian water buffalo named Elmer!

Another great place to learn all about the farm-to-table movement, permaculture design, and other aspects of the sustainable farming lifestyle is Econ Farm in Orlando, located on the Econlockhatchee River, in between UCF and Christmas. It is the personal homestead of Terry and Tia Meer, and they offer many classes and activities. Look at their website for more information and a full schedule of classes!

You don’t actually have to commit to the rigors of a farmer’s life to experience the simple joys of gardening at home, but if you really want the full experience, think about heading over to one of Orlando’s local farms! Get your finest overalls ready!

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