1.) Because the animals need a break! Have you seen animals at a traditional zoo; pacing, depressed, anxious? We didn’t open our family farm to the public to exploit animals for money; we make money so we can continue to feed all those mouths through the winter! And hopefully along the way, we will educate people of all ages and help them to be better stewards of this planet we call home. We want to teach people to treat animals and the earth better, by being a good example.
2.) We need several days a week to maintain the 119 acres that aren’t open to the public. The four days a week that CCC is closed are the days that Lois and Jill do the actual farming. Things like infrastructure (fencing, clearing land, refilling the tire tower with sand, etc.), as well as maintenance are done on these days.
3.) It’s also important to us to have the time to connect with our OWN families and friends as well as enjoy our individual hobbies. Having the store was really draining and stressful; we want to do better this time with balancing work and home lives.
4.) Finally, the days we aren’t open to the public are the days we schedule special events, like birthday parties, family reunions, field trips, etc. We try to do this in such a way that the animals are in their exhibit pens as little as possible.
Occasionally, visitors can’t make it to the farm on the days we are open to the public; we can be flexible. Private tours are available; call or text 218-780-8611 for more info.