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Charles L. Bowers School Farm
1219 East Square Lake Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

To schedule a visit, please call:
(248) 341.6481
Monday-Friday
between 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Learning is fun at Bowers Farm

Contact

Alan Jaros
Director
248.341.6480
AJaros@bloomfield.org

Jackie Doran
Program Coordinator
(scheduling of programs, events and general questions)
weekdays from 8 AM - 2PM
248.341.6481
JDoran@bloomfield.org

Jordan Hewitt
Farm Site Coordinator
weekdays from 7:30 AM - 4 PM
248.310.9456
JHewitt@bloomfield.org

Rachel Duncan
Farm Caretaker
weekdays after 4:00 PM & weekends
(248) 794.0450
RDuncan@bloomfield.org

Athletics, Recreation, and
Community Services:

248.433.0885

Farm Guides

  • Kathleen Blust
  • Amy Cardin
  • Kelli Clifton
  • Michelle Golembieski
  • Jessica Lynn
  • Aliza Marks
  • Rajaa Sheena
  • Laurie Simonelli
  • Isabella Tillman
  • Amanda Wilhelm

Tours are available, we'd love to host you

Logo - Events and Activities

 

The 2019 Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6

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

Community Events

Bowers Farm offers many community events throughout the year. We see ourselves as a unique platform within our community to provide engagement, fun, and opportunities that are “outside of the box”. 

Throughout the year, Bowers Farm hosts events open to the public to serve as a meeting place for others, as well as providing exposure to all we have to offer at the farm. These annual events provide the opportunity to explore the 90 acre property found here in Bloomfield Hills!

Winter Park: January and February

  • Sledding
  • Full concessions
  • Ice skating
  • Animal interaction (weather appropriate)
  • Themed weekend events

Learn More About the Winter Park!


Spring Fling:  May 

  • Pancake breakfast
  • Self-guided tours
  • Animal interaction
  • Age appropriate crafts
  • Annual FFA hanging basket flower sale

Learn More About the Spring Fling!


Fall Festival:  October 

  • Wagon rides
  • Self guided tour
  • Pumpkin patch picking and decorating
  • Entertainment
  • Concessions

Learn More about the Fall Festival!


Farm Tours:  Offered all Year Long

  • School and private tours
  • Small group instruction provided (4-15 students/group)
  • Farm guides will facilitate learning
  • Animal interaction
  • Theme-based (Genetics, Historical, All About Animals. . . )
  • $10/person with a $50 minimum 

Get a group together and book your tour today by contacting Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.


Personalized Events

Bowers 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!

Bowers Farm would be happy to host your birthday party, wedding or baby shower or even your wedding! Our gardens, maintained by the MSU Master Gardeners, create a beautiful setting for a ceremony.

Contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481 for additional information.

Community Gardens

Children's Gardenbowers school farm

Bowers Farm has big plans for a Children’s Garden! Our dream is to create a unique garden space where young children can become engaged in the plant life cycle. From seedlings to harvest, the Children’s Garden will create an opportunity for young children to explore all stages of plant life. Our Children’s Garden is still in construction, stop back soon for more information!


Community Garden

Have you been struggling to find the perfect place to garden? Do you have a green thumb that needs a place to practice? Or are you possibly interested in having a new hobby? Our farm opens the gates to the community to garden with our community garden program. Community gardeners rent an approximately 25’ x 25’ garden plot from the beginning of May (weather dependent) until November 1.  There are 15 no-till plots ($75 per season) and approx. 55 tilled plots ($65 per season) with access to water.

There is currently a wait list for our popular community garden plots.  Feel free to send your name and phone number to Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org. Your name will be added to the wait list and will remain on the list until you get a plot.  No need to reach out each year.


Master Garden

Bowers School Farm is a proud partner of Michigan State University Extension, the Bloomfield Historical Society, and the Master Gardener Society of Oakland County. The Bowers Farm gardens open in April and the date is usually tied in with the first of two Open Barn weekends which signals the start of a new season. Work days are weather dependent, and usually late October is the time to close it down for a winter’s rest. An orientation is held in early spring where information about being a volunteer at the farm is given out. Trainees are welcome and encouraged to join! A team of approximately 55 Master Gardener Volunteers of the Master Gardener Society of Oakland County design and maintain approximately 35 gardens of all types at the Bowers School Farm in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 

If you are interested in finding out more information about our Master Gardeners, please visit www.mgsoc.info/bowers-farm


Pumpkin Patch

What’s better than strolling through a pumpkin patch during Michigan’s beautiful Autumn? Come visit Bowers Farm, starting in late September, to find the perfect pumpkin from our abundant 4.5 acre patch! We offer school field trips that explore the life cycle of a pumpkin, allowing children to explore, learn, and eventually pick the perfect pumpkin! Our pumpkins are also sold during our annual Fall Festival event, an event that is open to the public.


Sustainable Learning Garden

As part of the educational programs at Bowers Farm, we service, explore and learn in our Sustainable Learning Garden. Children get to explore how the garden functions, from helping us transport seedlings from our greenhouse, all the way to harvesting fresh kale to put in a delicious salad! Our Sustainable Learning Garden is always evolving with the consideration of new farming techniques and technology. Children become engaged in the garden during our educational programs during the school year and are found exploring it in our summer camps!

Community Horse Program

girl with horse at farm

The Community Horse Program allows families and the community to connect with horses and nature at Bowers Farm.  Operated through our partners at the Friends of Bowers Farm, all membership contributions go toward supporting, preserving and enhancing the Bowers Farm property, programs and activities.

The equestrian program is designed to make the Bowers Farm horses more accessible to horse lovers through learning, hands-on experiences, and an ongoing commitment to caring for these beautiful animals.

As part of the Community Horse program, members will:

Meet horse enthusiasts at every level of experience and skill
Have access to affordable training, group clinics, and social events
Have the option of working independently with the horses - either on the ground or in the saddle
Play a major role in supporting ongoing program enhancements

For more information, please visit www.friendsofbowersfarm.org

Community Partnerships


Master Gardeners

Bowers School Farm is a proud partner of Michigan State University Extension, the Bloomfield Historical Society, and the Master Gardener Society of Oakland County. The Bowers Farm gardens open in April and the date is usually tied in with the first of two Open Barn weekends which signals the start of a new season. Work days are weather dependent, and usually late October is the time to close it down for a winter’s rest. An orientation is held in early spring where information about being a volunteer at the farm is given out. Trainees are welcome and encouraged to join! A team of approximately 55 Master Gardener Volunteers of the Master Gardener Society of Oakland County design and maintain approximately 35 gardens of all types at the Bowers School Farm in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. 

If you are interested in finding out more information about our Master Gardeners, please visit www.mgsoc.info/bowers-farm


MSU Extension

Bowers Farm is a proud partner of Michigan State University Extension. The latest research-based curriculum and experiential methodology inform the instructional design of our hands-on school and community programs.

Focusing on the process of science, educators from MSU enhance the unique learning experiences, activities and hands-on workshops at the farm. These experiences give students the opportunity to understand the interconnectedness between science, food, and our natural world.


Oakland County 4H

Bowers Farm 4H is encompassed in the Oakland County 4H club! 4-H is a learn-by-doing, fun, educational program designed to help youth in their growth and development and to compliment experiences received at home, school and other organizations. With the help of caring adult volunteers, 4H clubs help young people gain the skills they need to be successful. There are currently approximately 50 4H clubs in Oakland County where members work with a large variety of project areas.

A 4H project can focus on just about any subject as long as there are interested youth and a screened volunteer willing to teach. Some examples of current Oakland County 4H club project focus areas include aerospace, community service, horses, science and technology and special needs programs.

Please visit the Oakland County 4H webpage for more information about Oakland County 4H Club. 


Preservation Bloomfield

Bowers Farm is partners with Preservation Bloomfield; a non-profit, all-volunteer community organization formed to preserve and protect two historically-relevant homes in Bloomfield, Michigan. Preservation Bloomfield strives to provide the community with an authentic historical learning environment and have been successful in doing so by allowing our community members to experience their two historic properties, The Craig Log Cabin and The Barton Farmhouse. The collaboration between our farm and Preservation Bloomfield has allowed students and community members to dive deep into their communities history! 

For more information about Preservation Bloomfield, please visit www.preservationbloomfield.org
 

Tours and Educational Programs

Farm Tours

llama at farm

The Bowers 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 and pigs!

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.

Duration: one hour
Cost: $10.00 per person, including adults

Get a group together and book your tour today by contacting Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.


Educational Programs

Bowers Farm 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.

Duration: varies by program

Cost: $10.00 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 I (2nd Grade)
  • Sustainability II (2nd Grade)
  • Everyday Agriculture (3rd Grade)
  • Harvest Program (4th Program)
  • Animal Bodies & Behaviors (4th Grade)
  • Heritage Program (5th Grade)
  • Body Systems (5th Grade)
  • Conservation (6th Grade)
  • Genetics (7th Grade)

We look forward to your visit! Schedule your program today by contacting Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.

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! Bowers Farm provides this service for educational settings like schools and libraries.

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

To schedule your visit contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.


Mobile Farm Animal Presentations 

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

To schedule a presentation contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.

Bowers Farm 4H Club

Science, agriculture and citizenship are just a few of the many spectacular opportunities that are available for Bowers Farm 4H Club members. Bowers 4H Club is fortunate enough to be located at Bowers Farm, a very unique and integral part of the local community. Bowers 4H Club offers the youth unique opportunities to learn about agriculture and work with animals despite being such an urban area. 

The club typically consists of around 80 active members, all of whom put in a combined 4,820 hours volunteering on the farm and learning! The club offers a unique leasing program for all 4H members, where they can lease an animal from the farm, raise it and work with it to take to the Oakland County Fair in July. At the fair, they compete against other Oakland County 4H Clubs and members in everything from animal showmanship to photography and baking. 

If you are interested in finding out more information about how you and your family can become involved in the Bowers Farm 4H Club, please reach out to ....

Host Your Next Event

We are thrilled to host your next party, corporate event, business meeting, team building activity, or wedding at Bowers Farm! 

Business Outings

Bowers School Farm can tailor a business outing just for your company. Maybe you're looking for an offsite meeting space for team retreat or a fun place to host a company wide day out? We can provide a number of experiences to meet your needs:

  • Team-building leadership activities
  • Family day on the farm
  • Customer appreciation events
  • Small business meetings
  • Large professional development activity

Bowers Farm has numerous meeting spaces to meet your needs including a 1850's farmhouse boardroom or modern barn conference space.  Choose a space that meets your needs or rent the whole farm! Our expert team will take care of any food and beverage requests. 

To book your business outing, contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.


Weddings

The Farm is the perfect location for your special day. Let our site serve as the backdrop for your special day. The beautiful horticultural gardens, rolling hills, and pastoral setting give you a setting unlike anywhere else!

Contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481 to learn more.

Volunteering

Do you often feel inspired to help others and give back to your community? Are you looking for a unique way to gain volunteer experience? Bowers Farm offers many opportunities to volunteer during our annual events and during summer camp! 

Annual Opportunities 

  • Spring Clean-Up
  • Fall Clean-Up

Annual Community Events 

  • Spring Fling 
    When the plants start sprouting and the babies have been born, Bowers Farm opens the gates to the public for our annual Spring Fling event. The Spring Fling event includes a pancake breakfast accompanied by a self-lead tour. We often need volunteers to support the variety of farm activities we have planned. 
     
  • Fall Festival 
    During the month of October, Bowers Farm opens the gates for the public to come see the farm in fall! Our pumpkin patch is open for the public to explore and find the perfect pumpkin! The Fall Festival supports local businesses and gives friends of the farm groups an opportunity to show support to the community. We often need volunteers to support the variety of farm activities we have planned. 
     
  • Summer Camp Stewardship Program 
    High school students, who have completed their freshman year, are encouraged to come join the Bowers Farm summer camp staff for two weeks of camp. The stewards are busy helping camp counselors deliver engaging lessons and assist in farm chores! Interested students should enjoy working with children and being outside. We look for stewards, with a “can-do” attitude who are not afraid to be silly, but can also take the initiative and be positive role-models to our campers. 

If you are interested in any of our volunteering opportunities at the farm, please contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.

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For additional information please contact Jackie Doran at JDoran@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6481.

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