In centuries past, winter was known as the starving season. Throughout the year, the entire family worked together to grow, harvest and preserve the things they needed to survive the winter.
You, too, can play a role in helping our living history farm to survive--by donating to our Animal Fund.
In 2009 the Animal Fund was created to address the need to provide our animals with adequate food and veterinary care especially through the months that the Plantation is not open to the public. In 2010 the Fund was expanded to include funding the purchase of specific heritage breeds of animals, some which are critically endangered. One example of this is our Hog Island Sheep, which are typical of the type of sheep a farm like ours would have had. The Plantation is in a unique position to not only educate visitors about rare and threatened animals but to also aid in trying to save them.
Our volunteers and educators are exceptional, but the real ambassadors are our animals. Our animals are not simply exhibits--they are educators themselves. They engage the shy learner; they focus the energetic learner.
To get some idea of the costs associated with caring for our animals, here are some items that we use on a daily or near-daily basis:
$8.00 = One bale of straw every day
$15.00 = 50 pounds of feed every day
$30.00 = 120 pounds of hay every day
$45.00 = One halter for horse or ox
$75.00 = Base fee for a vet visit
$90.00 = One farrier visit every 6 weeks
$95.00 = Front horseshoes for one horse
$150.00 = Cost to repair 30 feet of fencing
$300.00 = Purchase price of an ox cart
$500.00 = Custom-made colonial plow
$750.00 = Cost of a draft horse harness
Our Animal Fund provides for the food, care and training for our animals. YOU can help us in our mission by making a tax deductible donation.