Celebrate the rich history of farming at Farm Day, presented by Tractor Supply Foundation, featuring keeper chats, tours, photo ops, and activities! Be sure to stop by Festival Field to chat with Nash Family Creamery about modern dairy farming practices and sample local cheese products! Plus, visit booths from the Nashville Area Beekeepers Association, Tennessee 4-H Youth Development and Tennessee FFA.
History of Farming at Nashville Zoo
The Grassmere property dates back to 1786. The farm prospered in the 1800s with several primary crops (including sweet potatoes, corn, wheat, and hay) and livestock species calling it home.
Learn more about the history of our property on a house tour
Importance of Pollinators
Agriculture depends on pollinators to be successful. Bees are some of the most important pollinators but are becoming increasingly endangered. In fact, 25% of the world’s 20,000+ bee species are in danger of extinction.
Learn more about our apiary and bees in this video Attend the Honeybee Keeper Chat at 1:00 pm at the apiary at the back of the Historic Farm and bee sure to meet our friends from Honeybee TN to learn about how you can help local pollinators
Celebrate Heritage Breeds
Farm Day kicks off International Heritage Breeds Week (May 21-27), which aims to raise awareness for nearly 200 endangered livestock and poultry heritage breeds. Heritage breeds are traditional livestock animals that were common prior to industrial agriculture practices. Nashville Zoo’s Historic Farm is home to several heritage breeds, including American milking devons, Cotswold sheep and more.
Learn more about the importance of conserving heritage breeds
See what else is happening around the Zoo on Farm Day