The 1870 Farm, which has over 150 years of history in Chapel Hill, is a place of education and community outreach.
The farm, located at 1224 Old Lystra Rd., was called Sparrow Farm before Amanda McKee and David Schwartz purchased it and renamed it.
The farm has a variety of animals, including rabbits, chickens, ducks, pigs, fainting goats, Nubian goats, sheep, donkeys and more.
Amanda McKee, who also works as a veterinarian, said the farm aims to educate the community, particularly children.
She added that her personal responsibilities are primarily the health, safety and quality of life of the farm's animals. She said she wants to ensure the animals have the preventative care they need and stay happy and healthy.
“If you look at our mission statement, it is to provide agra-education to our local community to help save small farms by alerting people or educating them on the value of the land as a farm as opposed to housing developments, shopping malls and that type of thing,” she said.
McKee said she, and others who emphasize agriculture as a part of their everyday lives, find it amazing that many children do not know where their food comes from or how it is produced.
She described the summer camps the farm offers as "enriching," as kids are off their devices and breathing fresh air.
"They are interacting with animals, and animals teach us so much," she said. "Interactions with people can be complicated. Interactions with animals — they're very honest."