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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.

Winter Park is Here!

January is here and, with it, comes all the excitement of our brand new Bloomfield Winter Park.  Although our first weekend was delayed due to weather, we are excited to see a Polar Vortex heading our way!  For four weekends beginning January 19th, we will have the opportunity to sled, ice skate, and enjoy time as a community around bonfires!  We can't wait to have you join us.  

While on property, you will also see our newly renovated Farm Activity Building (FAB), which looks amazing!  Inside, you can warm up, cozy next to our fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa or a belly full of mac and cheese from our very own local chef, Jeff Rose, and Caya Smokehouse.  In addition, every weekend will offer a themed event with unique festivities.  
We encourage you to come and enjoy the farm in the winter and all it has to offer!  

Please note:  every attendee will need a participation waiver on file.  In addition, there is a $5.00 entry fee for every person; however, children 2 and under are free.  Prospective attendees, as well as interested volunteers, are encouraged to keep current with the Bowers School Farm Facebook page, website, and newsletter for Winter Park schedule updates, theme and activity announcements, and more! 

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Winter Romance on the Farm!

Looking for a way to win over your sweetie's heart? Why not spend Valentine's Day at the farm?  On February 15th, from 7-10PM, we are offering our inaugural "Winter Romance" dinner in our newly renovated Farm Activity Building.  For $100 a couple, guests will be able to enjoy a buffet-style catered meal, along with beautiful jazz ballads and the perfect romantic lighting.  When dinner is finished, you and your guest will be able to enjoy a warm bonfire or ice skating to snuggle and plan your winter dreams together.

Tickets will be released for this event soon through Community Pass.  This alcohol free, adult only (18+) event will have a limited number of guests.  Please consider Bowers School Farm as you make your plans to ignite a spark into your relationship this Valentine's Day!  

 

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Bowers Farm Angus is Award Winning!

Sydney Crawford, a Bloomfield Hills High School Senior, and independent study student here at Bowers Farm, had an amazing showing at the 2018 Winter Beef Classic, sponsored by the Michigan Junior Livestock Society.  Sydney's Angus steer weighed in at 712 pounds at the show.  "Gus" placed 5th in his class out of 15 steers and defeated steers over twice his size.  The steer are judged based on their overall market beef value, which is determined in part by their gait and overall body proportionality.  Fantastic job, Sydney!  You represent the district and Bowers Farm well!  
 

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New Babies . . . Are Ewe Ready?

It is lambing season here at the farm!  Our first lambs were born on January 14, at 4:40 PM - a set of twins (boy and girl)!  Once they are settled and nursing well, they will move out to our new pasture, created through your generous support. It will be the perfect place for the Mamas to connect with their young in a natural environment.  We are eagerly anticipating their arrival and look forward to seeing all the new babies!  

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Art on the Farm is Coming!
Calling all artists! Preservation Bloomfield, in conjunction with Bowers School Farm, is providing you a unique opportunity to come showcase and offer your art for sale this summer for our first annual "Art on the Farm". You will have the opportunity to display your art around our 90-acre property with the idyllic backdrop of an 1845 era farmhouse, historic log cabin, gazebo, lush Master Gardener plantings, and of course. . . our farm animals!
 
The event will be held August 3-4, 2019 from 11-5 each day. To register, please go to ZAPPLICATION.ORG or find more details at the Preservation Bloomfield website (www.preservationbloomfield.org). For questions, please contact Claudine Bacher at 248.230.9596.
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BHHS classes at Bowers School Farm

"When I was looking at classes I wanted to take, I saw that this class was at the farm. You don't see that every day! I instantly became interested, especially because I'm very interested in agriculture and dealing with animals. It's amazing here at BHHS!" shares 12th grade student Asher Moskowitz. Moskowitz, along with 23 other BHHS students, is enrolled in Introduction to Agriculture, one of two BHHS classes that is hosted at Bowers School Farm. Another 15 BHHS students take Animal and Veterinary Sciences, a course that builds on the skills learned in the Introduction to Agriculture class.

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CLASS REGISTRATION

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 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