MOONE ATHY FARM
1. Gravel Road.
The gravel road leading up to the farm house and down to the barn is always open to vehicular traffic.
(a) No vehicles are permitted on the trails. The trails, including the old logging roads, are off limits to trucks, cars and motorized recreational vehicles. The ruts and compaction caused by vehicles can lead to serious erosion problems.
(b) Exceptions to (a) above.
If the ground is dry or frozen and after consultation with the farm manager, driving on the trails is limited to:
(i) The need for a motorized vehicle in order to repair or build a trail.
(ii) If one is planning to camp in the Wild Steer Pasture, the trail leading to it can be used. A non four wheeled car would have trouble on the path. Extreme caution should be used by a 4 wheeled vehicle as the path is not in great shape.
These exceptions apply only when the ground is dry or frozen. When the ground is very wet, even horseback riding should be avoided on those trails with steep inclines.
3. Hay Fields.
(a) No driving through growing or wet hay fields. Driving through the fields should never be done before the hay is cut and should never be done when the fields are wet.
The hay is an important crop which generates income for the Farm and driving across wet fields again creates ruts, packs down the soil and can lead to friction with the farmers who rent the fields from us. Even when dry, driving in the fields increases compaction and therefore should be limited to the exceptions outlined in b) below.
(b) Exceptions to (a) above.
If the hay has been cut and the fields are dry, or frozen, driving in the hay fields is limited to:
(i) A farming-related need.
(ii) Access to a pond. We encourage you to walk across the bridge to the big pond as opposed to driving unless you need a vehicle to carry picnic supplies, big inner tubes, chairs or other equipment.
(iii) Driving across the designated path in the Nine Acre Field below the house.
(iv) Driving in the lower, flat area of the baseball field for baseball
(v) Driving for a specific purpose; i.e. camping, picnicking, ice skating.
Walking is to be encouraged over driving whenever possible as it is better for the fields
If you do drive in the fields because of one of the reasons listed in 3(b), there are specific paths to follow to avoid damage to your vehicle and to lessen the ecological impact on the land. Please check with the Farm Manager if you need clarification as to the designated pathway. Once we have our aerial map, we can highlight the designated pathways. Be sure to leave the gates as you find them.
4. Creek Crossings. Access by vehicles to the Wild Turkey Pasture, Paradise Valley, and the Pond Pasture from the barn is off limits as the stream crossings are steep. Damage to both the vehicle and the crossing are real possibilities. Use caution when using the creek crossing from the gravel road into the Pond Pasture as the build up of gravel in the creek or the erosion at the wire gap can often be a problem. The Deer Print crossing is of similar concern and should only be done with permission from the trustees. The Horse Cemetery Pasture (the field across the creek that parallels the trail leading to the Wild Steer Pasture) is also too steep for vehicle access.
5. Camping & Picnicking. If you do go camping, picnicking, etc. any rocks collected for campfires built in a field should be removed from the field before you leave. Obviously no fires should be built when the conditions are dangerous and all fires should be completely out before leaving.
WHENEVER OPERATING MOTORIZED VEHICLES AT THE FARM, FAMILY MEMBERS AND THEIR GUESTS WILL AT ALL TIMES DRIVE REASONABLY AND PRUDENTLY AND WITH THE SAFETY OF THE DRIVER, THE PASSENGERS AND BYSTANDERS FOREMOST IN MIND.
Another area of concern is livestock on the farm (cattle, horses, goats, rams, roosters, guard dogs). The trustees remind family members and their friends to exercise caution and common sense when around livestock on the Farm.
You should be aware that except for the horses, none of the livestock on the Farm belongs to us.
No family member should, and no family member should permit their friends to, pet, harass, tease, chase, or interfere with any of the cattle, the goats or their guard dog, Ginaâ€™s dog, ducks, roosters or hens in any way. Please keep your dogs under your control around livestock as well.
In addition, for your safety and that of your friends:
(a) If you are going through a pasture with cattle or horses, give them a wide berth.
(b) Only feed horses when on they are on the other side of a fence or in their stalls.
Approaching horses on foot in open pasture with food in hand can be dangerous. If you need to catch the horses with oats for riding, do it without children along and exercise caution.
(c) Stay out of the goat pen. The fence is electrified; the dog is a guard dog and could be dangerous as his job is to protect the goats if anyone comes into their enclosure.