In 1964, Bob and Coni Keyes decided to transform their 80-acre hog farm in Waterford, Wisconsin into something brand new: a pick-your-own vegetables and raspberry farm. Inspired by their own 13 children, they decided to gear the experience toward families and kids. It wasn't long before the operation expanded to include interactions with their animals, and the farm became a destination where children could come to experience agriculture and farm life. Eventually the Keyes' children grew up and left the nest, but that they didn't necessarily leave the family business. Instead, many decided to start their own petting farms in their new towns—which is how Green Meadows started in Ijamsville.
Today, farmers there take visiting kids on fun, exploratory hay rides tied to a game of I Spy in which riders look for specific things hidden in the surrounding fields. Afterward, they head to the baby animal barn to cuddle with the farm's youngest fuzzy residents. Other attractions include plastic duck races and a new slide made from a combine. The team also encourages visitors to try milking a cow and feeding the animals.
Land of Little Horses Farm Park awes visitors with pint-size miniature horses and a touchable menagerie of llamas, alpacas, donkeys, goats, and chickens. Each day brings a brand-new schedule of events for the farm's talented denizens, encouraging families and animal lovers of all ages to make tenderhearted contact with furry farm life. Visitors learn about the farm’s history and the daily ins and outs of maintaining a playground for its fuzzy stars. Goats demonstrate their generosity by producing rich, creamy milk for the farm's dairy workers, and mini horses enjoy grooming and luxurious sponge baths, sans the rubber ducky. The magnificent equine miniatures flaunt their finesse in arena performances, pulling off charming tricks and height-defying feats. Adults and children alike get up close during petting-zoo time, showing farm-dwelling critters just how well humans have mastered the hug.