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Nuttby Family Farm is a busy spot, combining animals and heritage (VIDEO)

Sullivan’s Family Farm will open its gates to visitors later this month. Members of the welcoming committee include Oscar, a Great Pyrenees pup, and Gunner, a six-year-old, along with Wilbur, the Berkshire boar. They’re a pretty laid-back bunch. Meanwhile, Chelsea Sullivan pulls her twins, Jaxson, left and Jayce along a farm road.
Sullivan’s Family Farm will open its gates to visitors later this month. Members of the welcoming committee include Oscar, a Great Pyrenees pup, and Gunner, a six-year-old, along with Wilbur, the Berkshire boar. They’re a pretty laid-back bunch. Meanwhile, Chelsea Sullivan pulls her twins, Jaxson, left and Jayce along a farm road. - Lynn Curwin

NUTTBY, N.S. – There’s a lot going on at the end of a dirt road in Nuttby.

The youngsters on Sullivan’s Family Farm are having quite a time – calves, chicks, ducklings, piglets, a puppy… and some actual children.

“I really like the pigs,” said Chelsea Sullivan who, along with her husband Ryan, runs the farm. “They’re Berkshires, which is a heritage breed. One of the reasons we choose them is because they’re very docile, and with children around that’s important. They’re a lot like big dogs.

“They’re also very hardy and don’t mind Nova Scotia weather. They stay out, with walk-ins, year-round.”

The Sullivan family is one of only three registered Berkshire breeders in the province. They have a boar called Wilbur, who has one bent ear – due to a bite he suffered when he was young – and four breeding sows. There are currently a couple of litters of piglets at the farm.

“We want to focus on the pigs, so we’re not going to breed any more cattle,” said Chelsea. “We’re going to sell most of the ones we have.”

Along with brown hens, they have barred rock hens. The barred rock is a heritage breed with the Sullivan farm certified free range.

“The animals are happier, and the meat we sell is better because the animals are happier,” said Chelsea. “It’s important that they have a good life.”

The Sullivans’ six-year-old Great Pyrenees, Gunner, spent the first part of his life as their house pet. However, once they moved to the farm Gunner answered a new calling and wants to be outside much of the time, as a true livestock guardian. This spring he was joined by a young pup apprentice, Oscar.

When available, free range eggs, maple syrup, vegetables, apples, blueberries and meat are sold. Calling ahead to ensure someone is home is suggested, and visitors are reminded to drive slowly – loose animals and children may be enjoying themselves.

The Sullivan family includes four-year-old Teagan and toddler twins, Jaxson and Jayce.

OPEN FARM DAY

WHEN: Sunday, June 24.

TIME: 1-4 p.m.

WHERE: Sullivan’s Family Farm, 161 Sullivan Road, Nuttby.

WHAT: Farm tours, wagon rides, face painting, balloon animals, photos, and lots of animals.

ADMISSION: $10 per carload; includes a chance to win a door prize.

IF YOU GO: Bring old shoes or rubber boots, sun screen, insect repellent.

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/1818653235094488/

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