What is "agritourism"? It's an opportunity to reconnect with our roots and find love for the traditions that nourish us. Visiting a farm feels good, it serves a void many of us did not realize was empty. Up till about a hundred years ago, we humans lived with animals as part of our everyday lives. Many of us now fill that void with "pets", dogs, cats, birds, iguanas... but it's just not quite the same as being on a farm.
At The Smithshyre, we invite you to reconnect with this special part of your soul. We offer many ways to interact with animals and to learn about what we do here. We consider ourselves to be a "homestead", therefore, we don't grow for a farmers market and don't sell a whole lot of food at our farm stand. We grow food to sustain ourselves and our animals.
We offer one hour farm tours to learn about our practices, meet our critters and learn about living off the land. We have Dwarf Nigerian goats for milk, Finnish Landrace Sheep for fiber & meat, heritage laying hens for our eggs, Freedom Ranger Broilers for our table chickens and Narragansett turkeys for more variety of poultry. You'll also meet Beorn and Luba, our Livestock Guardian Dogs, they actually think you are here to see them. And their little buddy Mojo, he's a long haired chihuahua who thinks he's a farm dog. We've also got 3 cats who love cuddles: Queen RebaTina (gray tabby), Olive (tortoise tabby) and Darthea Vadraas (black, long hair reclaimed feral). Our animals are used to people and love attention! Except the poultry, you're just a giant to them, don't worry, they aren't snuggly anyways.
OR maybe you want to skip all the other stuff and go straight for the stars of the show! The totally adorable baby goat kidds, we offer one hour Baby Goat Playtime sessions with them for you and 5 friends. Saturdays, we hold 3 sessions of Kitsap Goat Yoga, which is 45 minutes of gentle yoga, followed by 15 minutes of cuddles and selfies. It's just what it sounds like, you do yoga and they entertain and distract you. If you have small children or would prefer to just hang out with the kidds, a cuddle visit is the perfect session for you.
And just so you know, all monies made from agritourism interactions go directly to the farm. Animals require a lot of food and care and they get the best!
Thank you for supporting our efforts at making this a special place where you'll make special friends and even more special memories.