Family & Funding

We need our community.

  • Checks can be made to The Farmyard LLC and mailed to 21133A Old York Rd, Parkton MD 21120
  • We are in the process of working with a non-profit for a tax deductable option for donors

Dear Farmyard Family,

As the owner of The Farmyard, I have been tasked with the challenge of purchasing the property at 21133 Old York Road in Parkton, Maryland. It is currently co-owned by two parties – my father, Steve, and my grandmother’s trust. Due to unresolvable differences between family members, The Farmyard property will undergo a forced sale on December 8th.

We are unable to bear this financial burden on our own. I am reaching out to our community, or as many of our patrons know it as “The Farmyard Family,” to help us take on this uphill climb. We anticipate the appraisal to exceed $1 million of which we have to generate 50 percent.

I grew up on the dairy farm next door to The Farmyard, attended St. James Academy in Monkton and graduated from Hereford High School in 2012. I was 22 years old when I returned from college and started a little roadside stand. Since 2016, it has grown into an amazing resource for families to learn and experience agriculture. I have had the privilege of watching many children (and adults) become familiar with livestock, knowledgeable about the agriculture industry and connected to farmers in the area. Despite a pandemic, The Farmyard proved to be a safe place for people to visit.

Some of you may have fond memories of attending on-farm events, enjoying snowballs at The Farmyard Freeze, celebrating a birthday, watching your child participate in our Farm School and Chore Chart programs or simply visiting the animals. The Farmyard has never charged admission fees during our regular hours of operation because I want families to have the opportunity to spend time on the farm and enjoy the experiences I had growing up as a “farm kid.” The Farmyard has grown into so much more than a business. Some visitors have gone as far as to call it their “happy place.” In 2021 alone, The Farmyard accomplished the following:

  • Expanded its team to more than 40 volunteers
  • Welcomed over 3,000 guests
  • Provided educational programs to more than 500 children
  • Helped 10 high school students aquire service, SAE and/or internship hours
  • Lead 200 educational hayrides
  • Partnered with over 50 small businesses
  • Welcomed more than 1 million honeybees from Baltimore Bee Company, which produced 200 lbs+ of honey
  • Published three children’s books
  • Helped the American Landscape Institute raise more than $7000 during the ALI Plant Sale

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the support from our community. Kindness and generosity are contagious in our Farmyard Family. We’ve even had anonymous donors purchase tickets, gift cards and riding lessons for strangers that couldn’t afford them.

Over the past six years, The Farmyard has become a special place for many. If you would like to see this business stay in Parkton, we need your help. Please see the donation link below, and if you cannot donate financially…

  • Donate your time. Write a letter of support to our family, have your child draw a picture or offer a hand during one of our fundraisers.
  • Donate your words. Tell a friend or someone who might be interested in joining us in this effort.
  • Donate a photo. Share on social media and use these hashtags – #lovemyfarmyardfamily #savethefarmyardmaryland

My team and I will do everything in our power to continue to operate The Farmyard, but we can’t do it without you.

Yours truly,

Renee Wilson

Farmyard Owner

  • Checks can be made to The Farmyard LLC and mailed to 21133A Old York Rd, Parkton MD 21120
  • We are in the process of working with a non-profit for a tax deductable option

Our team is working to develop fundraising opportunities given this short window of time.

Donations will be collected during our Pop-Up Christmas Shop.

Participate in our Online Auction (November 27th-December 6th)

If you would like additional information regarding this matter. Please email

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“I have been blessed to give families in the community amazing opportunities over the last six years. It has been a pleasure watching hundreds of children benefit from our programs and experiences at The Farmyard. If members in the community decide that they want to see The Farmyard continue and can financially support this option, I will do everything in my ability to continue operating the business. If this is not possible, I will be forever grateful for those who supported this small dream and the wonderful memories we have created. Ultimately, we have made wonderful progress for Maryland Agriculture.”

– Renee Wilson, Farmyard Business Owner
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