When it comes to animal encounters, sometimes keeping it low key at a farm is just the ticket. Whether that means feeding a horse, petting a longhorn, or becoming a beekeeper, we’ve rounded up the most fun, functional, and famed farmlands from coast to coast. Flip through the slideshow below for everything junior aggies need to know.

Learn How to Make Cheese – Pescadero, Ca

NorCal is known for its artisanal cheeses, and at Harley Farms, a nearly century-old restored dairy farm nestled into coastal Pescadero, you can see how their award-winning cheese is made—thanks to 200 American Alpine goats! For budding cheesmongers, we’re talking Chevre, Feta, Ricotta, and Fromage Blanc. Farmstead dairies are rare across the U.S., so don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the process—from goat to milk to curd to cheese (Their llamas are awfully cute, too!).

Got Goat Milk?

Harley Farms serves up more than cheese! In their Shop, you can check out their FarmPaint—its nine colors are non-toxic, non-caustic, and partially comprised of goat milk soap. They also have a host of bath and body products made locally from—you guessed it—goat milk.

Harley Farms
205 North St., PO Box 173
Pescadero, CA 94060|

Online: harleyfarms.com

photo: Penny via Flickr

  • HarleyFarms-cc- penny via flickr
  • TractorKids - Schnepf Farms - via website
  • KidsFeedingHorses-Sun Valley Stables-via Chartlotte Stevenson
  • GirlLonghorn-Preston Trails Farm via facebook
  • FarmKids-Oliver Kelley Farm-via Minnesota Historical Society
  • GirlwithChickens via Stratford Ecological Center
  • GirlonTractor-Frying Pan Park Farm via Jennifer Massoni Pardini
  • GirlFeedsGoat-cc-Kurt Wagner via flickr
  • Queens County Corn Maze via Yabome M.K. Casper
  • TwoLlamas-cc-John Cudworth at Westpoor Park via flickr

Where do farm animals roam in your neck of the woods? Share with us in the Comments below!

—Jennifer Massoni Pardini