Kirkman's Farm and Petting Zoo is a working farm, inviting visitors since 1999 to see the family-run operation and to feed and pet farmyard and exotic animals. Situated about 20 minutes west of New Bern, Kirkman's Farm demonstrates preparing the fields, planting, fertilizing and harvesting corn, wheat, rye, oats, hay and pumpkins. In addition to seeing the farming activities and machinery, school groups, Scouts, nursing home residents and families enjoy the farm’s goats, potbelly pigs, rabbits, ponies, cows, a miniature donkey, ostriches, an emu, a rhea and some surprises. Seasonal hayrides convey guests to a pumpkin patch or among Christmas lights and decorations as appropriate, and walking tours include a snack for everyone. New this year, a children's play area with non-commercial equipment (such as barrels to crawl through) is in process. Visitors should call ahead for a custom tour appointment.
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