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Charles L. Bowers School Farm

About Bowers Farm

Charles L. Bowers School Farm was purchased in the mid-1960's by Bloomfield Hills Schools to be used as a land laboratory. We are housed on 90 acres within Bloomfield Hills.

Animals such as sheep, horses, llama and a donkey graze the pastures. We also house poultry of all types, rabbits and goats. Every animal has a purpose here at the farm and farm equipment is used daily to maintain the property as an educational agriculture production enterprise.

Charles L. Bowers Farm is open daily and year-round for various educational programs and community events.
 

MSU Partnership

Bowers School 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.

Want to Visit Bowers Farm?

The farm offers educational field trips for schools interested in enhancing the classroom learning experience through authentic, place-based learning. Community organizations such as scouts, neighborhood associations, family and church groups can also sign-up to participate. Program topics include Plant Science, Animal Behavior, Sustainability, Harvesting, Conservation and Genetics to name a few. Programs with specific topics run at different times of the school year, range in duration and price and target different ages/groups.

If you prefer a more casual visit to Bowers Farm, we invite you to take a one-hour guided tour! Tours are scheduled in advance to allow for customized experiences for individuals and groups of virtually any size. Our Farm tour & wagon ride is an hour long and we ask for a minimum of 5 people. The cost is $10/person. We can still provide a tour & wagon ride for groups of less than 5, however the cost will then be a flat-fee of $50. If you'd like to schedule an educational program or a one-hour tour, please complete the online form or call us at 248.341.6475.

Community Events

Every year we host a fun-filled "Spring Fling & Pancake Breakfast" and a "Fall Festival" community event! Visit the Farm Programs & Events page for details.

Other Farm Happenings

We are happy to provide the following programs:

  • A 79-plot Community Garden for those interested in renting a garden plot
  • A Community Horse Program for those who have a love for horses and riding
  • A seasonal farm stand that is stocked with fresh veggies and eggs from our gardens and hens at Bowers Farm!
  • Room and Area Rentals - we are also pleased to rent areas of our facility to those looking to host a birthday party, wedding or baby shower and even have their wedding take place in our lovely gardens maintained by the MSU Master Gardeners!


Visit the Farm Programs & Events page for additional information or feel free to call 248.341.6475.

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    Kathleen Blust Named Oakland County Farm Bureau Young Farmer Chair
    Kathleen Blust, Bowers farm staff member for the past 4 years, was recently named the Oakland County Farm Bureau Young Farmer Chair. The Young Farmer program was designed as an extension of the popular FFA and 4H programs for agricultural involvement and learning. Available to young people aged 18-35, members are offered wonderful opportunities to engage in events where continuing education is provided. Kathleen will be working with other young farmer chairs throughout the state to plan events and engage new members to join.
     
    In addition to all of these duties and full time work here on the farm, Kathleen also serves as our 4H Club Resource Leader. She will also remain a part of the BHS community as she begins her student teaching this fall as part of her master's program from Oakland University. We are so fortunate to have her on our team! Congratulations, Kathleen!
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    Fair Season Is Here!
    Fair Season is already in full swing! Our 4H and FFA members are working hard to prepare for representing the farm at the Oakland County Fair (July 5th-14th), showing over 40 animals and submitting projects in multiple categories in the Ellis Barn exhibits. The members work weekly to maintain their animals' health and well being by participating in chores and open barn events. Many have also participated in showmanship clinics in preparation for the rigorous judging the fair provides. Good luck to all 4H and FFA members! Thank you for representing Bowers Farm so well.
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    Summer Camp is FAST Approaching. . .
    Do you want your kids to have an extraordinary "out of the box" experience this summer? There are VERY limited spots left in our summer camps. Opportunities range from preschool - 14 years old and include a variety of experiences, from animal/veterinarian care to survival skills. It is a great way to get out and enjoy the farm and all we have to offer. Sign up is still available via community pass.
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    Spring Fling Success
    Our 2019 Spring Fling was a wonderful success. We had over 300 people come and enjoy the weekend festivities at the farm, which included a delightful pancake and sausage breakfast, along with a self-guided tour of the farm. Participants were able to interact with our animals, browse an antique sale in the Barton Farmhouse, and enjoy all things Spring. Thank you to everyone for coming out and showing your support of the farm.
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    Learn Life Skills As a Camp Steward Role Model
    Want to try out cooking with fresh produce? What about swinging a hammer to make a birdhouse? Ever tried keeping the dye from washing out of a freshly tie dye shirt? Spend your summer mentoring kids and helping them move through the camp day trying out fun and engaging activities! Look, you'll be headed to college soon. Do something different this summer! Stewards are 15-19 years of age and are assistants to the camp leadership and role models for camper. Stewards develop a deep understanding and knowledge of the farm and our camp program. This experience is both fun and meaningful as Stewards develop skills which enhance their career and academic readiness. Here is a glimpse of some of the fun from last year.
     
    If you are interested, we would love to have you!  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! 
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    Community Horse Program Saddle Socials
    The Friends of Bowers Farm is now hosting Saddle Social events allowing hands-on experiences with our horses. Led by our instructors in a group setting, the Saddle Socials are a great way to spend some time learning about our horses on the farm and to interact with them. Participants can also learn about memberships supporting our horse programs. Members of the Community Horse Program (CHP) can continue with group events or potentially move on to more independent handling of our horses for more experienced equestrian. Dates are scheduled throughout May and June. You may find out more information at: https://friendsofbowersfarm.org/
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    An Important Note from Dr. Glass

    It is with many mixed feelings that I share with you that I will be moving to New York at the end of this school year.  My wife recently accepted the position of Vice President of Human Resources and Labor Relations for the State University of New York's Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan.  After making the difficult decision to relocate to New York, I was offered the position of Superintendent with Eastchester Union Free School District...

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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.

    Bowers Farm is open daily for visits that are booked in advance. Walk-ins are allowed for designated community events only (see Fall Festival information).

    Want to book a visit to the farm? Take a guided tour! Please complete this online form or call 248.341.6481.

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    Contacts

    Alan Jaros
    Director
    248.341.6480
    AJaros@bloomfield.org

    Jackie Doran
    Program Coordinator
    (scheduling of programs, events and general questions)
    weekdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
    248.341.6481
    JDoran@bloomfield.org

    Jordan Hewitt
    Farm Site Coordinator
    weekdays from 7:30 am to 4:00 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