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Farm Programs & Events

Student riding horse at Michigan's Bowers School FarmWe welcome you to visit our various community events throughout the year in this fun, educational and interactive environment.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about our Spring Open Barns, business outings, community gardens, produce stand, horse leasing, farm assemblies, personalized tours, and more!

Open Barns & Community Events

Pancake Breakfast & Spring Fling

Mark your calendars for April 15, 2017 as we invite you to join us for a fun-filled day of pancakes, animal visits, wagon rides, story time by the Bloomfield Twp. Public Library and a visit from the Bowers Bunny! The cost is $14/person; under 2 is free. There will be 5 seatings and registration through the Bloomfield Hills Recreation Dept. is required. Registration will be available late winter (Feb/March). For now, please just SAVE THE DATE for this event that will soon become a family tradition!

Personalized Events

Bowers School Farm is happy to provide a personalized program just for you and your group! The event can include numerous activities, possible room rental and fun on the farm!

We would be happy to host your birthday party, wedding or baby shower or even your wedding! Our gardens, maintained by the MSU Master Gardeners, is a beautiful setting for a ceremony. Please call for additional information.

Business Outings

Bowers School Farm can tailor a business outing just for your company. We can provide a number of team-building activities designed to complement and enhance the topic or reason for the meeting! Feel free to hold a meeting in one of the numerous rooms for rent on the farm and you're welcome to have an outside company cater a snack or meal for your employees.

Community Gardens

bowers school farm

Charles L. Bowers School Farm houses approximately 77 garden plots where gardeners can grow fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers while enjoying the outdoors. There is currently a waiting list for the community gardens. Please email your name and contact information to jdoran@bloomfield.org and we'll be sure to add your name to our waiting list. We will be in touch when a plot becomes available.

Plot Information

All of the garden plots are approximately 25' X 25'. There are designated 'no-till' plots and designated 'till' plots. Tilling takes place once in the spring. There is access to water for hand watering the plots.

Timing for Garden Use

Opening Day varies each year. It is all dependent on the weather. Wet plots and cold weather can delay the ability to plow the gardens and therefore delay the opening day. We ensure you that we do our best to get the plots ready for your use as soon as possible. The plots will be staked out and numbered in advance, leaving approximately 6" around the perimeter of the plot for wood chips to be used as a walking path.

Garden Keys

New gardeners may pick up their key in the farm office anytime between 8 am – 1 pm, Mondays through Thursdays. There is a $5 fee for additional keys or to replace a lost key.

Cost and Payment

The cost for one season of gardening is $65. Payment is due when registration occurs. Plot assignment will be made when payment is received.

Fresh Produce Stand

vegetables

Charles L. Bowers School Farm has a wonderful vegetable garden each spring. The garden is grown and maintained by staff, students and volunteers. We offer all kinds of seasonal vegetables and have plenty to share.

During the colder months, we have eggs and honey for sale in our Learning Center. Hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Horse Leasing

girl with horse at farm

Charles L. Bowers School Farm is pleased to provide a horse leasing program for horse lovers. Horses are matched to riders based on the rider's experience ~ we have horses for beginners, intermediate and advance riders. There is currently a waiting list for the horse leasing program. Please email jdoran@bloomfield.org and provide your name, contact information and level of riding experience (beginner, intermediate or advanced). We'll be sure to add your name to our waiting list and will be in touch when there is an opening.

Charles L. Bowers School Farm provides care, food and medical needs for the horses – you get to enjoy the horse without the hassles and cost of owning and boarding.

A horse lease requires a yearly contract, which runs from July 1st through the following June. We offer full horse leases at $375/month and half leases at $225/month. A full lease allows the rider 6 days a week to be with the horse. A half lease allows the rider 3 days a week.

Riding and facility hours are 7:00am to 8:30pm, unless posted otherwise. Anyone under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Charles L. Bowers School Farm highly advises parents to supervise students of all ages for the safety of the children and the farm animals.

Riding will be allowed in designated areas only (trails and outdoor arena). The lessee must ride their leased horse only. We currently do not have an indoor arena, but riders are allowed to ride year-round.

Tours and Educational Programs

Farm Tours

llama at farm

Visit the Charles L. Bowers School Farm! Our basic farm tour is fun and educational and is designed for anyone who is interested in farm life. During this tour you will visit all of the animals in their natural settings while walking through barns and viewing them out in the pasture. We have sheep, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, llama, pigs and a donkey!

Guests will be able to participate in seasonal hands-on activities; possibly milking a goat or feeding a baby animal a bottle of milk, all while learning about the basic needs of animals and the roles they play on the farm.

The tour also includes a wagon ride around the farm property, giving you the opportunity to view other aspects of farming such as our crops which consist of a variety of fresh produce and numerous animals grazing throughout the fields.

Examples of groups that participate are school classrooms, families, scout troops, neighborhood groups, senior citizens and church groups, just to name a few.

Get a group together and book your tour today!

Duration: one hour
Cost: $8.00 per person, including adults

Educational Programs

girl visiting farm

Our educational programs are fun and interactive while teaching aspects of each grade level's state educational standards. The RECOMMENDED grade level is shown, but we can modify any program or activity to fit the needs of any grade or group.

Examples of groups that participate are school classrooms, families, scout troops, neighborhood groups, senior citizens and church groups, just to name a few.

We look forward to your visit – schedule your program today!

Duration: varies by program

Cost:
One hour program - $8.00 per person, including adults.
Two hour program - $10 per person, including adults.

Available Programs

  • Farmer for a Day (kindergarten)
  • Springtime at the Farm (kindergarten)
  • Fall Fun & Facts (1st Grade)
  • Are You My Mother? (1st Grade)
  • Plant Science (2nd Grade)
  • Sustainability (2nd Grade)
  • Farmology (3rd Grade)
  • Harvest Program (4th Program)
  • Survivor (4th Grade)
  • Heritage Program (5th Grade)
  • Eohippus to Equus (5th Grade)
  • Conservation (6th Grade)
  • Genetics (7th Grade)

Traveling Farms and Assemblies

pigs at farm

If you're unable to visit us at the farm, we'll be happy to bring our animals to you! We provide this service for an educational setting only, such as schools and libraries. We no longer provide this service for birthday parties, spring fairs, etc. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Single Animal Visit

Choose the animal, the time, and the place that you would like us to visit and we will do the rest! Some popular animal visits include a turkey around Thanksgiving and baby goats or lambs in the springtime. Our staff will present a hands-on educational experience for you and your group. Given the experiential nature of this program, it is best for a group of 20 or less. If you have more than 20 people, we suggest that you divide into groups in order to receive the full benefit of the program.

Duration: as long as you need us
Cost: $50 set-up fee, plus $25 for each ½ hour session


Mobile Farm Animal Presentations and Assemblies

We'd be happy to bring a complete farm to you! The animals included in our traveling farm are a pony, a milking goat, two baby goats, a lamb, a rabbit and various poultry. We will tailor the educational experience to fit your needs. Information about each animal will be given, as well as interactive, educational demonstrations and activities.

Duration: as long as you need us
Cost: $300 for the first hour; $100 for each additional hour.


The Charles L. Bowers Farm offers a wide variety of educational programs and events.

For additional information please contact:

Jackie Doran
jdoran@bloomfield.org
248.341.6481

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