Gorman Heritage Farm has a variety of animals, all cared for by our farmyard staff. All of our animals are used for educational purposes during school field trips and summer camps. Some of our animals are raised for their meat in honor of Jim and Dorothy's vision to see the farm remain a working farm.


Gorman Heritage Farm Goats

Fun Fact: Goats originated out of Southwest Asia and Eastern Europe and were the first animals domesticated over 12,000 years ago. There are over 300 distinctive breeds.

Shorty is our dwarf horse born in 1997.  Shorty has different proportions than Huckleberry because he is a dwarf, which means he has a genetic mutation.  Stormy is our miniature donkey born in 1991. Shorty's favorite time of the day is feeding time. If you are in the farmyard, you will know that time by Shorty's loud bray.

Fun Fact: Miniature donkeys were bred to pull wagons in coal mines because of their short but strong stature.

We have 3 rabbits up in our farmyard. There are New Zealand Whites, New Zealand Reds and a New Zealand Black. These Rabbits are not your typical house pets. In the 1930's Jim Gorman Raised hundreds of the New Zealand Variety for food.


Fun Fact: Jim Gorman raised rabbits for food during the 1930's, at one point he had 800 rabbits on that farm.

We have a chicken house full of hens that lay eggs for us.  We have a variety of breeds including White Leghorns, Black Australorps and Araucanas.

Golden Girls

Fun Fact: Our hen breeds lay white, brown and blue eggs.

Ringo is our halflinger pony.


Fun Fact: In its native Austria, the Haflinger is sometimes referred to as a “prince in the front, a peasant behind” due to the size of its muscular hindquarters.

Jim and George are our two Mules.  They were born in 2000.

Jim and George

Fun Fact: A mule is the result of the mating of a male donkey (jack) and a female horse (mare) to produce a hybrid. Mules are sterile due to an uneven chromosome count. 


Other Animals
You may see other animals up in the Farmyard.  We are still a working farm that raises certain animals for meat.  During certain seasons, you may find broiler chickens, pigs, cows, or turkeys.  For information on these animals and ordering meat, visit the Meat/Poultry section of What We Grow.