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Our Farm & Belted Barnyard

Fearrington's farm includes our black and white Belted Galloways cows, Tennessee Fainting Goats, Lakenvelder Chickens and donkeys - all beloved pets who live long and happy lives in our pastures. Visit our Belted Barnyard and check in often to see the newest additions to the family, read about what's growing in our gardens and more about our farm.

Fearrington’s Belted Winners

If you've visited the North Carolina State Fair, you may notice a familiar Belted Barnyard friend in the Livestock Competition barn. Each fall, Fearrington's Farmer Bob Strowd takes a few of our beloved Belties to participate in State Fair events. As fair crowds grow larger year after year, these events become even more competitive. We're proud to share that Fearrington's Belties won in three categories at this year's fair - Reserve Champion Bull, Reserve Bull and Reserve Champion... Full Post >

Meet Junior Sous Chef Zac

Zac joined The Fearrington House Restaurant team in 2014 and was promoted to Junior Sous Chef in 2015. Previously, Chef Zac had worked at restaurants and sustainable farms in Virginia and North Carolina. At Fearrington he's using those skills to improve the plantings in the restaurant gardens, as well as creating housemade ingredients in our kitchens. Read more about his experiences below! What was your first farm experience? My mother's parents lived in the mountains of Virginia up a long... Full Post >

The New Kid on the Block

Fearrington is home to many different animals in our Belted Barnyard family! From belted cows, to goats to chickens, there's always a fuzzy face to greet visitors and residents. Last week we welcomed the newest kid on the block - a sweet baby Fainting Tennessee Goat. This little lady is already making friends with the rest of our family. Stop by and say hello! Our black and white Fainting Tennessee Goats are named for a harmless hereditary genetic disorder known as myotonia congenita. The... Full Post >

Fearrington is Feather Friendly

Fitch Creations, Inc. is proud to share that Fearrington Village is now a certified Bird Friendly Habitat at the highest level by the New Hope Audubon Society. In September, New Hope Audubon visited with Ryan Caldwalader, Fearrington's arborist and gardener, and Laura Morgan, General Manager for Real Estate and New Construction at Fearrington, to showcase the village's features to attract bird-friendly habitats. The New Hope Audubon Society noted that Fearrington has installed numerous... Full Post >

Spicebushes on Creekwood

While this picture may look like two people relaxing on a bench on our Creekwood Trail, if you could see an enlarged version, you would note that both Mark and I are hold planting trowels in our right hands!  We planted 50 spice bushes, a native plant know to attract birds and specifically, the Wood Thrush, along the trail. The Wood Thrush is one of five birds the NC Audubon Society is currently focusing on increasing their population. Once established, the spice bush will have small red... Full Post >

Greener Pastures

It's no secret that as gardeners at Fearrington we take great pride in keeping our numerous and beautiful gardens immaculate and always photo-ready. Yet even we have areas at the edges of our cultivated grounds where weeds and woods make a valiant effort to encroach on our space. In the past, as many do, we have fought back with machinery, chemicals (where appropriate) and hours of labor. This summer we decided to try something greener, gentler, and much more picturesque! Blessed with a... Full Post >

Meet Charlie!

Fearrington's donkey, Mary Alice, welcomed her second baby last month. Meet our little princess Charlotte -- Charlie for short! Stop by our front pasture to say "hello" to this darling donkey and her Beltie friends! Full Post >

Enjoy the Seasons with Fearrington

Summer is almost here in the South, and there is no better place to spend it than with us at The Fearrington House Inn. There are numerous gardens, flower beds, and fresh botanicals pleasing to the eye and soul scattered around the Inn. If you look through the arbors of Jenny’s Garden next to the Sun Room Patio (exclusive to Inn guests!), you can see crabapple trees lining an intimate wedding venue. Just behind that, you can spot a fenced-in herb garden, officially used by the chefs of The... Full Post >

A Clean Sweep

Fearrington's longtime farmer and "Beltie-whisperer" Bob Strowd takes Fearrington's Belted Galloway Cows on a trip every year. This yearly adventure takes a select few of Fearrington's Belties away from the serene pastures surrounding the Village Center and into the North Carolina State Fair. Every year the fair grows larger, the crowds increase and the cattle competition intensifies. We are proud to announce that Fearrington's Belties made a clean sweep of the fair's awards this year --... Full Post >

Anticipating Chef Bedford on the Today Show!

Everyone, including our Belties, are thrilled that The Fearrington House's Executive Chef Colin Bedford has been invited back to the TODAY Show in the Big Apple! Tune in tomorrow (Friday, August 29th) at 9:36am EST to see his segment teaser, followed soon after by him whipping up something delicious in the kitchen. We "herd" he was cooking up the perfect Fall combination of an open-faced seared steak sandwich on challah bread and butternut squash soup. Don't fret -- the recipe will... Full Post >