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Farms Produce Food

The bounty after a long days harvest. Photo by A. Vlisides

The bounty after a long days harvest. Photo by A. Vlisides

With spring in the air and the farm beginning to wake from it's winter slumber, children learn how the farm comes to life in spring.  The children will learn about seed germination, pollination, photosynthesis and the plant parts.  They will then plant their own seed to take home and care for.  A hayride will them take them around our 120 acres for a tour and then they get to visit all of our animal friends. This program runs from April 3rd through June 9th.  The cost is $10 per person with a $200 minimum.

Apples and Apple Trees

Mother and child grabbing some apples for lunch.

Mother and child grabbing some apples for lunch.

With the start of a new school year and fall right around the corner, the orchards at the 4-H Education Center are full of life and apples.  What is probably our most popular program, a trip to Auerfarm for this program starts with a hayride to the orchard.  There, the children learn how the apple trees change from season to season and they also get to pick an apple which they bring back to the classroom so they can learn how it is hand pressed into cider.  After sampling some fresh apple cider, the children visit our animals around the farm. This program runs from Sept. 11th through Oct. 27th. The cost is $10 per person with a $200 minimum.

Animal Homes

Rabbits prepare their winter dwelling.

Rabbits prepare their winter dwelling.

How do animals around Auerfarm survive the winter?  In this program, children will walk around the farm in search of animal homes.  By using materials found on the farm, the children will then construct a shelter for animals. They will also visit the animals around the farm.  Then it's off to the classroom where the children will create pine cone bird feeders, among other activities. This program is designed for Prek-Kindergarten classes, is approximately 2 hours long and runs through the end of December. The cost is $10 per child with a $200 minimum. 

 

 

Summer on the Farm

Come visit the 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm during the warm summer months to see the farm in full bloom!  During the program, children will learn how to make hand cranked, old fashioned ice cream.  When they are finished, they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor as they snack on an ice cream cone.  A hayride follows, exploring the 120 acres and it's gardens, orchards and fields.  Finally, what visit to the farm would be complete without visiting our animals? This program runs from June 19th through August 18th.  The cost is $10 per person with a $200 minimum.

Maple Sugaring

Maple trees lines up and tapped.  Ready for the sap to run!

Maple trees lines up and tapped.  Ready for the sap to run!

While most of the farm is asleep during the winter, our maple trees are wide awake!  Bring your class out to the farm for a winter treat! Students will visit the maple trees to see how sap is collected, followed by visiting the sugar house to learn how sap is boiled down into syrup. Finally, the children will taste real maple syrup over a nice warm pancake. The Maple Syrup program runs from February 13th through March 17th.  The cost is $10 per person with a $200 minimum.

 

Pollinator Power

Bees working on honey in the hive.

Bees working on honey in the hive.

Learn about pollinators and the important role they play in our food system. Visit the Auerfarm beehives and search the gardens for bees, butterflies and other pollinators hard at work. Put on wings and help pollinate flowers to help fruits grow. Visit our observational hive!  This program runs from May 1st through October 31st. The cost is $10 per child with a $200 minimum.