Sharing farm life with children for two generations.

Summer 2018

Open House

—  for present and past enrolled and prospective families, their relatives and friends  —

Sunday May 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


We hope you can attend this event. This is the only day of the year we open the farm for families to visit.

Since numerous join us on this day, we ask for your cooperation on behalf of our many animals, our neighborhood, and the farm in general.

Please leave cameras, phones and other electronics in your vehicles as a courtesy to us and our Amish neighbors and please do not walk on adjoining property.

Keep your children with you at all times and remember that, although they are fully involved with the livestock and farm during the program, Open House is a day to observe, not a hands-on time. Please do not cross fences or go through closed gates on this day.

Begin at the sign-in table at the bottom of our driveway by the garden.

Tour the house first, then the barn. Richard, Penny and other Barkers will be around the house and barn to answer questions.

The Administration Table will be in the loft of the goat barn; here, one of the Barkers will answer any administrative questions and take new registrations.

You are welcome to walk our perimeter trail which runs between our pastures and woodland and gives superb views of the farm and surrounding countryside. The path goes up and down hills and is not suitable for everyone. Feel free to picnic at the tables on the hollow side of the farmhouse (down the slope near the garden). May is usually a splendid time of year and we hope you have a wonderful day here.

Travel Information

We are two hours from Cleveland and Columbus, four hours from Toledo, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, five hours from Detroit and a day from St. Louis, Chicago and the Eastern Seaboard.

We recommend making Guggisberg Cheese (5060 State Route 557, Millersburg, OH 44654) the destination for your GPS or internet map. From there, follow our map below. If your GPS guides you all the way to the farm, you will usually arrive from the wrong direction which can cause traffic congestion and make parking difficult. Drive slowly on the foot-traveled roads. At the sharp left-hand curve shown on the map below (on TR 124) our mailbox is on the right (BARKER). Park on the right-hand-side of Township Road 124 before the sharp curve and behind the other parked cars. If it is muddy, be sure not to pull too far into the ditch or you may get stuck. Walk down our lane to the farm.

When you depart, proceed on Township Road (TR) 124, past our lane, up the hill and onwards for 1.3 miles. When you reach the stop sign, make a right and keep bearing right onto TR 123, continue on TR 123 for 1.3 miles until you reach State Route 557. Here, a right will take you to Charm and a left will take you to US 62, Berlin and Millersburg.


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