EXPLORE THE JOYS.
We have learned that no matter the age or the background, there is something about a farm that brings out the joy and worth in others.
EXPLORE THE JOYS.
Our philosophy at Green Meadows Petting Farm is that learning can be fun. Hands-on learning is what’s in store with plenty of activities that will delight and amaze people of all ages! We provide guided tours to educate children and adults about farm animals by touch, sight, smell and sound; it is truly a sensory learning experience with our friendly animals as your teachers.
For the price of your admission, you will experience a day of educational family fun with our guided tour.
- Learn all about pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, donkeys, Elmer—our Asian water buffalo and more!
- Milk a cow!
- Train ride
- Pony rides for children
- Tractor-drawn hayride
- Picnic areas for those bringing a lunch
- Drinks and snacks available at The General Store
Visit our petting farm for a truly educational and fun experience.
Plus enjoy the video of our farm!
Green Meadows Farm was started in 1964 in Waterford, Wisconsin by Bob and Coni Keyes. That’s the year they decided to convert their 80-acre hog and cattle business into a “pick-your-own” vegetables and raspberry farm. (At that time “pick-your-own” farms were a new concept in produce marketing.) When they discovered that most of the other “pick-your-own” farms in and around the Milwaukee area excluded children, they marketed their farm as a place to “bring the family.” They also decided to incorporate some of the farm animals as an additional way to draw in families.
The next year a nursery school teacher approached Bob and Coni about bringing her group to the farm and, voila, the petting farm was born! This led to a postcard promotion to school teachers and the next thing they knew, they were attracting school groups, church groups, scouts and families. Along with Bob and Coni and their children, they employed neighboring men and women to serve as guides and to help give hayrides. In the fall, they offered their customers a free pumpkin. To their amazement, by the early 1970’s the farm was hosting as many as 1,200 visitors a day during the spring and fall seasons!
Bob and Coni had found their niche! During their “off season” they expanded to offer horse-drawn hayride parties, sleigh rides, barn rentals for parties, campfires and overnight outings at the farm. They also became “mobile,” leaving the farm with ponies to give rides at parties or with draft horses to give horse-drawn hayrides or sleigh ides at events. These activities continued year-round until the mid 1980’s brought new ventures their way. READ MORE >>