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Farm life on Long Island

Amanda Gerry, 15, from Lake Grove gets up

Amanda Gerry, 15, from Lake Grove gets up close and personal with goat at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic. The goats provide milk, cheese, soap and more at the farm. (June 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Mooing cows, insistent bleating lambs, clucking chickens, rooting pigs. No, these aren't new lyrics to "Old MacDonald." These are the sounds and sights on farms across Long Island. Farmers are throwing open their gates and allowing Islanders to wander through fields and lean over fences to experience farm life.

Britney Accettella, education program manager at the Suffolk
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Britney Accettella, education program manager at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, holds a lamb, one of the newest animals born on the farm. (June 15, 2013)

Britney Accettella, education program manager at the Suffolk
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Britney Accettella, education program manager at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank, holds a piglet, one of the newest animals born on the farm. (June 15, 2013)

Desiree Melia, 2, of Sayville, feeds the goats
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Desiree Melia, 2, of Sayville, feeds the goats during a visit to the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank. (June 15, 2013)

Dairy cows can be seen feeding at the
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Dairy cows can be seen feeding at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank. (June 15, 2013)

Chickens are easy to find and observe at
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Chickens are easy to find and observe at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center in Yaphank. (June 15, 2013)

Sophie Turner watches animals in the petting zoo
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

Sophie Turner watches animals in the petting zoo at Crossroads Farm in Malverne. (April 21, 2012)

Benjamin Turner feeds a goat in the petting
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

Benjamin Turner feeds a goat in the petting zoo at Crossroads Farm in Malverne. (April 21, 2012)

A sheep eats grass in the petting zoo
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bales

A sheep eats grass in the petting zoo at Crossroads Farm in Malverne. (April 21, 2012)

Farmer Fred Lee talks to tourgoers about farming
Photo Credit: Lucy Senesac

Farmer Fred Lee talks to tourgoers about farming practices at Sang Lee Farms. The Peconic farm offers tours every Saturday morning. (2013)

The Hallockville Farm Museum in Riverhead runs guided
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

The Hallockville Farm Museum in Riverhead runs guided tours Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Here, a cow named Darla eats a mouthful of grass in the pasture at the Museum Farm. (May 21, 2013)

A sheep named Freckles stands with 3-day-old Dot
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A sheep named Freckles stands with 3-day-old Dot and Spot in the pasture at Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead. The museum offers guided tours of the farm Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. from May to December. (May 21, 2013)

Farmer and owner Karen Catapano checks on her
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Farmer and owner Karen Catapano checks on her goats at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic. (April 12, 2011)

It's milking time at Catapano Dairy Farm in
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

It's milking time at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic, where visitors can the process of milking the goats. (June 15, 2013)

Amanda Gerry, 15, from Lake Grove gets up
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Amanda Gerry, 15, from Lake Grove gets up close and personal with goat at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic. The goats provide milk, cheese, soap and more at the farm. (June 15, 2013)

Staffer Lucy Senesac shares samples of some of
Photo Credit: Deborah Wilm

Staffer Lucy Senesac shares samples of some of the crops grown on Sang Lee Farms, which offers farm tours every Saturday. The farm is in Peconic. (2013)

A young boy feeds goats at Catapano Dairy
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A young boy feeds goats at Catapano Dairy Farm, which has a cheesemaking area where you can watch organic goat's milk cheese being made on a tour of the farm. (2009)

Sang Lee Farms in Peconic offers tours on
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Sang Lee Farms in Peconic offers tours on which visitors learn about the history and daily rhythm of the farm. (May 26, 2012)

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