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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! Please click on the links located at the top left corner that say "Spring Fling" and "Fall Festival" for additional information.

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 horse leasing 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!

Please click on the link located at the top left corner that says "Farm Programs & Events" of this page for additional information or feel free to call (248) 341-6475.



Bowers School Farm Fall Festival

Join in on the fun! Bowers School Farm Fall Festival (in partnership with Preservation Bloomfield) is Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14, 2018, from 12 - 6 p.m. with a Magic & Mystery Kids Show from 2-3 p.m. each day! Tons of activities for everyone! Wagon rides, animals, food trucks, cider, face painting, pumpkin picking and decorating, bounce house, strawland, bungee run, inflatable archery, historical activities, live music, and more! $10 per person; 3 and under free. For more information visit www.bloomfield.org/FallFestival or call 248.341.6481. 

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Schedule your Fall Tour today!

Changing leaves, beautiful colors, and crisp fall air to enjoy, make Fall a fantastic time to tour the Bowers School Farm! Schedule a private tour for just your family or friends, or organize a group outing to the farm! BSF tours can accommodate a vast array of tour group sizes, and offer fun farm experiences and education to participants of any age. Visit our website to learn more about our Tours and to complete a Tour Request Form to get a jump-start on your Fall Farm visit! 
https://www.bloomfield.org/schools/charles-l-bowers-school-farm/farm-programs-events
www.bloomfield.org/schools/charles-l-bowers-school-farm/farm-tour-request-form

 

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Join us for our annual Bowers School Farm Fall Festival

On October 13 & 14, 2018, the Bowers School Farm will host its annual Fall Festival from noon-6PM. Live music, wagon rides, pumpkin picking, barnyard animal interactions, and fresh cider & donuts, along with various food truck options, are just a few of the many offerings at this festive event! A complete list of event festivities and information is available at www.bloomfield.org/schools/charles-l-bowers-school-farm/fall-festival 
Tickets are $10 per person, and include admission to all event activities. Children under 3 attend free! Hope to see you at this year’s Fall Festival!

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Now open: Community Horse Program Registration

Following a successful and informative beta trial group experience over the summer months, Bowers School Farm is pleased to announce that the Community Horse Program, by Friends of Bowers Farm (FOF), is now open to the public. Residents of Bloomfield Township as well as non-residents are welcome to participate within the Community Horse Program. This program, two years in the making, replaces the Bowers horse leasing program in order to offer much enhanced horsemanship opportunity, instruction, and accessibility, for equestrians of wide levels of experience, and for community members generally interested in horses and horsemanship. First time riders, to experienced recreational ones will be accommodated by the various levels of participation available, and by the diverse array of riding and horsemanship instructors supporting the Community Horse program.

Interested participants are encouraged to visit friendsofbowersfarm.org to learn more about the FOF organization and the Community Horse Program. All interested participants intending to join the Community Horse Program must attend an open Barn Orientation before being allowed to partake in Community Horse Program classes, lessons, or clinics. A description of the Open Barn Orientation can be found upon following the "Detailed Program Overview" option at friendsofbowersfarm.org/programs/horse-program. The next orientation will occur on October 3rd, 2018 and there are limited spots available- secure your seat today! 

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A resounding THANK YOU to all who made our incredible summer possible!

As the summer comes to a close, the Bowers School Farm has celebrated the end of six astounding weeks of summer camp, as well as innumerable on-site summer programs & volunteer initiatives. The year-round staff members would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our thanks to our summer staff members, stewards, volunteers, campers, camper parents & guardians, program participants, master gardeners, and farm improvement contributors! We couldn't have made the Bowers Farm experience all that it was without you! Take a walk down "Bowers Summer 2018 Lane" by viewing the accompanying photos, and thanks again for all that you did to make this summer so spectacular! 

 

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LOCATION


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 the online form here or call 248.341.6481.

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CONTACTS

Alan Jaros
Farm Educational Leader/MSU Extension Educator
248.341.6480
AJaros@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

Jackie Doran

Program Coordinator
248.341.6481
JDoran@bloomfield.org

Athletics, Recreation, and
Community Services:

248.433.0885

Farm Guides

  • Kathleen Blust
  • Amy Cardin
  • Michelle Golembieski
  • Aliza Jacobs
  • Jessica Koczynski
  • Corinne Mathis
  • Rajaa Sheena
  • Isabella Tillman