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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 here 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 4-H Club to strut their stuff at the upcoming Oakland County Fair!

The countdown is on as our 4-H members excitedly anticipate the Oakland County 4-H Fair, July 6-15 at the Oakland County Fairgrounds in Davisburg, Michigan. Members of our 4-H Club have studied agriculture and livestock rearing year-round in addition to spending the entirety of the spring training and preparing livestock members such as piglets, calves, llama, goats, and lambs to show at the fair. They hosted a very successful practice fair in order to prepare for the real thing! We commend all members of the Bowers Farm 4-H club for their hard work and dedication in preparing for this long anticipated event. Take a look at some photos from their practice fair and be sure to wish them luck as they head to the fairgounds in July! 

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Welcome Summer Camp staff members!

Bowers School Farm is pleased to announce the arrival of our seven Summer Camp Leaders who have already demonstrated their impressive leadership and excellent instruction abilities through a successful first week spent hosting our Dairy Discovery camp and first week of Barnyard Buddies! See below for a dynamic photo of each of them in action! Make sure to check out our Summer Camp blog, experiencebowers.com, for a shout out from each of our leaders detailing their backgrounds and specific agriculture passions.


 

 

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New Community Horse Program, by Friends of Bowers Farm

The Friends of Bowers Farm (FOF) will be launching their inaugural Community Horse Program with a beta trial group for the month of July. This program, two years in the making, replaces the BSF 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 diverse array of riding and horsemanship instructors supporting the Community Horse program. The program will be open to the public shortly following the beta group’s experience. Residents of Bloomfield Hills as well as non-residents are welcome to participate. Interested participants are encouraged to visit https://friendsofbowersfarm.org/ to learn more about the FOF organization and their offerings. Horse Program information can be found under the Programs tab; select “read more” next to the beautiful horse photo under the “Community Horse Program” header. 

 

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Summer Camp Kick Off!

The Bowers School Farm is ecstatic to welcome our 2018 Farm Camp and Barnyard Buddies participants! Both programs commenced on Monday June 25 with much fun and excitement for staff and campers alike. Dairy Discovery was the topic of the first week of camp where students focused their inquiry and activities on the BSF milk producers, our mother goats! Camp participants also enjoyed interacting with additional livestock types, made tasty treats twice a day in our Learning Center’s Garden Kitchen classroom, and gardened for treat toppings right on site within the BSF learning garden! It was a bustling beginning for Barnyard Buddies as our youngest campers started off the summer right! They helped with chores, harvested in the garden and made new friends...many two legged and many four! Wagon rides and picnics and investigations, oh my! All of us here at Bowers are so looking forward to the rest of the summer with these amazing kids! Visit experiencebowers.com, the summer camp blog, for daily updates and a photo chronicle of campers’ adventures! 


 

 

 

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Vet-Science Camp

ATTENTION FUTURE VETS!


Bowers School Farm will be running a Veterinary Science Camp for ages 14-16 from July 30th through August 3rd 2018!!!!

You must fill out an application, which is due June 29th, 2018. Space is limited to 12 campers in order to make the experience as immersive and hands on as possible.

This Camp is a Monday - Friday program, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Youth will explore career fields relating to animal and veterinary medicine as well as participate in numerous hands-on learning activities. Participants will gain animal handling experience, learn how to use certain veterinary tools & technology, practice physical exams, and have the opportunity to visit a local veterinary hospital to see how a clinic works!

You can find the PDF application here

 

Download the application, complete and scan, mail, or deliver to the farm by June 29.

     Email completed applications to NTimmer@bloomfield.org AND JLynn@bloomfield.org

     Mail or delivery completed applications to:
     ATTN Jessica Lynn
     1219 E. Square Lake Rd
     Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48304

 

If you have any questions, please contact the farm at (248) 341-6476 or email NTimmer@bloomfield.org 

 

Thank you!

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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 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