The 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm is a private, non-profit education center located just minutes from Hartford, off Route 185 in Bloomfield.
The mission of the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm is to help youth and adults learn the importance of agriculture and its impact on their lives. People actively learn, through hands-on educational experiences, the science of the efficient production of plants and animals and the interrelationship of people, agriculture and the environment. Each of our inquiry based educational programs is aligned with Connecticut’s science education standards.
Part of this mission is to provide a community resource for agriculture and the environment.
A partner with the University of Connecticut, College of Agriculture, the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm's programs are based on current scientific research. This 120-acre farm provides valuable hands-on experiences to more than 14,000 children throughout the year. Seasonal programs are offered to school classes, community groups, and the public in the Center's animal barn, gardens, farmland and orchards. Auerfarm is also a working farm, producing thousands of pounds of vegetables for FoodShare, hay for its animals, apples and small amounts of maple syrup for program use, and pick your own blueberries and raspberries. A vibrant farming operation, which will grow over time, is an essential part of the educational experience.
The farm is also a wildlife sanctuary, home to a multitude of birds – hawks, wild turkeys, kestrels, woodpeckers and dozens of species of smaller birds. Wild animals abound, though many are elusive – deer, fox, bobcats, skunks, woodchucks, turtles, tortoises, salamanders, frogs and toads. Its multiple habitats – hills, woodlands, open pastures, orchards and wetlands – invite exploration and self-directed learning