Introductory visits may focus on the vegetable production fields, the farm animals, or combination of the two. There will be time for lunch under the apple trees and a story or song and plenty of time to simply roam about the farm.
Each program runs approximately an hour or an hour and a half, depending on the age and interests of the children, and you are welcome to stay longer to enjoy the farm on your own.
Farm Animal Tour
We begin the Farm Animal Tour in the barn discussing housing, bedding, feed, the history of the animals and their domestication, and the various breeds.
Once at the chicken run and coop, we feed them tasty treats while we talk about chicken anatomy, health, and behavior. If there are eggs, we let the children gather them.
Visiting the goats, we pet them and feed them carrot peels, a particular favorite of theirs. We also learn about their anatomy, health, and behavior, and how to care for them.
Vegetable Production Field Tour
In the Vegetable Production Field Tour, we talk as we walk among the fields and are thrilled by questions. It can be sunny and warm in the fields, so a hat and sun block are always a good idea, and boots if it’s muddy. Among other topics, we may discuss:
- Types and varieties of vegetables in production
- Seasonal variation
- Hybrid versus heirloom seed
- Pests and deterrence
- Soil amendments
- Effects of water and temperature variance