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Our Animals

It would be a farm without some critters! Animals are an integral part of a farm and have been so since humans began to cultivate food. Our animals are our friends, members of our team, and serve an educational purpose in the neighborhood too.

Milkshake

A pig who “brings all the boys to the yard”. Actually, he brings girls, men, and women too. Everyone is enamored with his classically porcine charm. Adopted at 2 months old weighing in at 20 lbs. He is now a healthy 180 lbs. (well, that’s our best guess, since he squeals at the sight of a scale these days). He has become a permanent fixture at Greensgrow. Unlike many other farm pigs, he is most definitely, absolutely a pet. His main role is turning soil, fluffing hay and entertaining people of all ages.

Ping

Ping is a Muscovy hissing duck. Native to Central and South America, but very adaptable to other regions, and are commonly raised for food in the United States. They also are known for their appetite for mosquitos, which is thought to be where their name is derived. You may see him run up with his tail wagging, mohawk raised, bobbing his head, and hissing. This usually means he wants a treat (it could also mean he’s trying to woo you, so think twice before you try to pet him because he may want more of a physical relationship than is socially acceptable). Ping loves your shoe laces.

Chickens

Yes – our chickens lay eggs! We are not licensed to sell them to you, but the staff enjoys them. We did not decide to raise chickens, they are mostly adopted when people abandon them here. We DO NOT encourage this. Please, please be sure that you are able to care for an animal for it’s entire life span before choosing to adopt it.

We also have turtles, a koi pond, and bees.

Blanche: 2002-2015

Our beloved friend Blanche passed away in February, 2015. Blanche came to the farm, homeless, jobless, down and out, with quite a few buns in the oven. She found just what she needed at Greensgrow.

Blanche was loved by staff and visitors alike, often attending meetings (late) and  welcoming guests to the farm. She was employee of the year many times for her work as chief mouser, squirrel hunter, and pigeon destroyer. Her prowess was notorious throughout the neighborhood.

You can find out about her life in the book, Blanche Gets a Job, written by Greensgrow’s founder, Mary.

Feeding the Animals

All the animals at Greensgrow are well fed, have specific feeding times, and diets. Their presences in the neighborhood are meant for educational purposes. We prefer you do not feed them, but we know you love to. Please follow a few guidelines:

  • DO NOT touch the turtles. Theymay bite and all turtles may carry salmonella. We prefer you do not feed them since overfeeding is very dangerous to their health (more so than most animals).
  • Ask a staff member about feeding the fish. They have special food.
  • Chickens are omnivorous animals. We give them a specific feed and lots of fresh greens. We allow public feeding of ONLY unsweetened cereal, seeds, uncooked fruit and vegetables as “treats”. They are often caught eating starts out of the high tunnels along with a variety of bugs.
  • Pigs are also omnivorous animals. Milkshake is on a strict diet in order to keep him healthy and we no longer allow public feeding. He will eat anything and will not stop eating until he is forced. He is after all a pig. Do not feed him meat!
  • Ducks are omnivorous. Ping has a similar diet as the chickens and is given a special feed. We also allow him public feeding of ONLY uncooked fruit and vegetables as “treats” (except citrus fruits and avocados).

All our animals are well fed, so don’t take it personally if they don’t eat what you bring for them. We encourage healthy eating habits for all animals (including people) that include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. We also encourage you to not feed them directly from your hands. That goes for all the staff at Greensgrow. Who knows what will happen if you stick a hand too close to anyone’s mouth!