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Putting the “Farm” into Malabar Farm

Previously I’ve discussed Louis Bromfield’s home at Malabar Farm, the Bacall/Bogart wedding that was held there, and the beautiful fall foliage. Today I’d like to address the farm itself. While facing the big barn with the mural, you’ll note a small sign pointing toward a downward ramp to the left. If you go down this ramp, you can check out the farm animals like the attractive rooster above. Below are a few more animals in and around the barn.

Strutting his stuff…




The sign says, “Farm animals” to the left.
“Yes???”
Ponies in the stable.
“My eye aren’t weird. Yours are weird.”

Typically there are some goats and sheep to the rear of the barn grazing away.

A goat taking a break from the surrounding smorgasboard.
“Nom, nom, nom…”
Sheep busy developing their winter wool.

There is also a couple wire-enclosed areas for chickens and turkeys right beside the barn.

Thankful it’s not Thanksgiving.
“Yeah, I’m bald, but look at my beautiful plumage.”

Our exploration of the farm went beyond the area around the barn. If you drive to Mt. Jeez, you’ll get a great view of the surroundings, plus you’ll get a good look at the cattle.

Cattle near Mt. Jeez.

And if you go on the tractor tour, you’ll see some of the fields and outlying farm buildings.

Bicentennial Barn… This is across the road from the Malabar Farm Restaurant (the food is delicious there).
Now that it’s fall the corn stalks are yellow. However we could still see the ears of corn on the stalks.

This final photo was not taken at Malabar Farm. It was taken of a farm that was along our route from Mohican State Park to Malabar Farm. However I thought these horses were beautiful.

Horses grazing on a nearby farm.

If your kids are growing up in suburbia or an urban area, it’s fun to show them this other way of life. But even as an adult, I enjoy visiting farms. If you’re in the area, consider checking it out.

Wagon decked out for fall




Additional information
  • TrekOhio: Richland County Parks & Nature Preserves — This is the county where Malabar Farm is located; check out this page for links to official sites, and for information on nearby parks and preserves.

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9 thoughts on “Putting the “Farm” into Malabar Farm

  1. nice photos, I like the horses too they are pretty, by the way when I was 16 years old I got to work at malabar farms helping to clear tree stumps for their outdoor stage. that is when the youth conservation corp was still around. we painted some of the rocks there too.

  2. Very cool pieces you have here about Malabar Farm. I’ve heard my husband’s family (from Guernsey County, Ohio) talk about it. This is a lovely time of year in Ohio. If you happen to be anywhere around Cambridge in the next few days …. stop by our “farm” 10 miles north of town. My husband is there doing his autumn chores.

    1. Annie, thanks! If I understand you correctly, your in-laws have a farm in Guernsey County, and your husband is back there helping out? Do you live in Guernsey County, too? I haven’t made it to that county yet. If I were to travel that way, I’d love to stop by the farm. I’m fond of farms. I grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania where there were still quite a few family farms (including Amish farms, too).

      1. Mom and Dad are gone now, but my husband inherited the part of the farm with the old (falling apart) house on it. He’s there now … it’s become his “hobby farm” to which he travels for a week or so once or twice a month from mid-march to mid-November. It is lovely, on a hill with a view of Salt Fork Lake in the distance. I go there once in a while, but mostly keep the homefires burning in suburban Chicago.

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