Opening fall, 2011.
Vogler Swiss Heritage Farm is the home of River Saane Goats, registered with
the American Dairy Goat Association, also other Swiss goat breeds. With a
Swiss theme, the farm plans to open for agritourism in 2011, and offer
educational and historical programming for children and adults with an
emphasis on the German/Swiss traditions from the early settlers of the area
who immigrated here in the 1700's. Also on display is the National Bird of
Switzerland, a rare type of poultry, and other animals reminiscent of the
period. Danish and European ferrets as were originally used for fur and
hunting are on display and available for purchase as well.
Vogler Swiss Heritage Farm also has German angora
and Swiss Fox rabbits
and guinea pigs, also called cavies. Cavies are used
around the raised bed
gardens to trim grass, in a fenced area, as they
were used in barnyards of
yesteryear. Our heritage gardens include heirloom
varieties of plants and
herbs, and some very old flowering plants collected
from old homesteads and
cemeteries. Our own herbs and goat milk are used
to make our soaps,
available for sale. Fur fiber and yarn are also
available for purchase, as are
feathers for crafts and fly fishing.
School groups are encouraged to come by the farm
and visit Tuesday to Friday
beginning August 1st. A small fee is charged. The
educational program is
conducted by a history major, with costumed staff,
and takes about two hours. Allow three hours if a
photo session and lunch at the picnic area is
Children learn about their regional heritage, have
fun activities appropriate for
the season, and have hands on activities. Listen to
the old story of the 3 Billy
Goats gruff as the goats walk over the bridge, and
watch out for the Troll!
Stay and have a fun lunch before departing, and
shop at the gift store for that
perfect souvenior. Have photos taken of your group
to be emailed to the
teacher/group leader. Perfect for day care centers,
classes K-6, special needs
groups, scout and church groups.
goats, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, cavies, poultry, eggs,
mushrooms, produce, soap, herbs, chickens
From interstate 40 in Winston Salem, take 52 South toward Lexington, then take
the Welcome exit. Turn right, and then right onto Welcome-Arcadia Rd in
Welcome, go past Weathervane Winery, left on Reedy Creek Rd, left on Shady
Hanes Rd, look for sign on the right.
10 am to 2 pm Tues-Friday beginning August 1st. Saturday 2-4 pm, closed
Sunday and Monday. Other hours by appointment.
At the farm, order online, local farmer markets as available.