We've found your new favorite downtown destination: Heifer International's Urban Farm.

Located behind Heifer Village in downtown Little Rock just a few blocks from the River Market, this cozy little barnyard features pigs, goats, alpacas, chickens and turkeys.

The 3-acre area is also home to a community garden, beehives and butterfly garden. It's like being out in the country — but then you look up and see the Little Rock skyline!

Heifer International is a nonprofit organization headquarted in Little Rock. Heifer Village is their interactive, free museum located at the headquarters where the whole family can learn about developing countries and the work that Heifer does around the world. 

The farm features animals that the organization provides families through its projects. For example, donors can buy a goat or alpaca to supply for a family in need in an area where Heifer serves. 

At Heifer Village, visitors can also learn about how the families use those animals. There is a wide variety of programs available for groups of all ages to participate in — all for free!

The farm is always open when Heifer Village is open so visitors can spend time with the animals. However, there are also several facilitated events coming up.

On Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at the farm, there will be a session all about worms that teaches participants about the wiggly little creatures and how composting works. That session will be followed by a tour of barn animals. For more infomation, e-mail urban.farm@heifer.org.

At Heifer Village, other events are coming up. On Saturday, Dec. 3, participate in the Living Gift Market with fun family activities along with shopping at Shop@Heifer and opportunities to donate Heifer gifts to families in need. Activities include making cow masks, magnets, chicken finger puppets and goat puppets.

On Saturday, Dec. 10 learn about sheep and make a sheep craft. And at both of these events, you can walk out to the new barn right out back and visit the animals.

For more information about Heifer International visit their website.