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Winterpast Farm

12936 Ghoston Road

WINTERPAST FARM is……..a place to be outdoors with family and friends A ten acre family farm near Falls Lake (formerly a tobacco farm, a Christmas tree farm, and a horse farm)

An animal sanctuary where llamas, goats, sheep, emu, two mini donkeys several types of duc klings, peacocks, a goose, pigs and lots of bunnies and chickens all co-exist peacefully.

WINTERPAST FARM is….home. Farmer Mary and her two sons, Ben and Thomas, moved to Winterpast Farm from downtown Raleigh the summer of 2003. Two years later they adopted Elizabeth and Alex from Stavropol Russia.

A place for families, students (pre-schools, public school groups, home schoolers) any anyone else who wants spend time outside enjoying nature and learning about animals and their behaviors

A campground for Scout and church groups which includes bonfires, rocket launching, fresh eggs from the barn for breakfast (and occasional really early wakeup calls by roosters all named Bob)

A unique place for fur children (usually dogs, but we’ve kept chickens and rabbits and birds) s of all sizes to spend the day or spend the night (or spend several weeks!) living in a family environment while their own family is away or busy

A place where kids can stomp in the mud, make noise, pile up rocks, bang sticks on fences, roll down hills in a huge plastic tube, ride a pony, search the barn for chicken eggs or the pasture for enormous emu eggs.

A popular place for birthday parties for cowboys and cowgirls from ages 3-10. Farm birthday parties are great for all ages. Farmer Mary can also bring animals to your home if you prefer to host your party there.


Mk Alderman

Saturday, June 23, 2018
Farmer Mary is a hoot! Be sure to set up your appointment and bring your own food... Just read her website for instructions. Each person costs $10 cash. She offers volunteer hours for kids and adults... Great experience with good hard work for kids.

s hall

Thursday, June 28, 2018
It's a lot of fun. We brought some kale and Cheerios. Spent about an hour doing a tour of the farm. Farmer Mary and her daughter Liz are really cool. There's even a food catapult for feeding fish and turtles. It's well worth the trip. She's got chickens, ducks, turkeys, emus, goats, fish, turtles, rabbits and more.

Avery Jones

Sunday, April 29, 2018
To everyone giving bad reviews, I have been a volunteer at Winterpast farm for 4 years now. It is a truly magical place in which you can find so many educational opportunities and just relax for the day surrounded by friendly farm animals. But keep in mind it's a farm. If you want to see animals, but stay clean at the same time, you should probably stick with bird watching or the aquarium. Additionally, I am sure that if you ran your own farm, had to take care of a business and your kid with so much pressure from the public, you would be short with people too. Farmer Mary isn't rude, she just does not tolerate ignorant or foolish people who waste her time. Otherwise, I fully recommend Winterpast farm if you ever feel like spending a Sunday afternoon at the farm with a bunny, sheep, guinea pig, chickens, or walking a goat. Remember, don't come to a farm if you are going to complain about the mud. Have a great day :) BTW this is completely my opinion, nothing to do with Farmer Mary. Her Daughter recently was accepted to college so any volunteer work is greatly appreciated.

Ivanna Garcia

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Gave my dwarf rabbit a second home...but regretted it on the way home. The “farmer” Mary had a disgusting attitude. If it wasn’t for me having to work today I would’ve gladly gone back to take him. She did not communicate very well and I’m not so sure about this “petting zoo”, it was nasty and I worry about the living condition for these poor animals. I will be more than happy to fight back for my rabbit. I do not recommend families to come here. If she treats adults in such terrible manor I don’t want to know how she treats the children.

Mathew Sulentic

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Great place to bring little kids, you will get to touch and play with a bunch of different farm animals. Family owned and they even have the food buckets ready if you did not bring your own. Loved it and so did my 1 year old daughter

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