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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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    4H Member is Awarded College Scholarship
    Bowers Farm 4H member Allie Schabel, 13, was the recipient of the MSU pre-college scholarship - a one-time $2,000 award from MSU Admissions for use during a student's first year at MSU (as either a degree-seeking incoming freshman or transfer student). The scholarship is applied automatically toward the student's first year at MSU as a full-time student. Allie received this scholarship, in part, because of her involvement with 4H Exploration Days at MSU. This will be Allie's 4th year showing animals at the Oakland County Fair. Congratulations, Allie! We are so incredibly proud of you.
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    Kathleen Blust Receives 2019 Bowers Farm FFA Chapter Honorary Degree
    Kathleen Blust was recently named the recipient of an FFA Honorary Degree, granted by the Bloomfield Hills Chapter of the FFA here at Bowers Farm. To receive this degree, the recipient has "rendered outstanding service while helping to advance agricultural educations for agricultural occupations and the FFA." Kathleen has devoted countless hours to the FFA program, assisting with instruction and utilizing her background to facilitate the best experiences for the members. Congratulations, Kathleen! This honor is so well-deserved!
    Read more about Kathleen Blust Receives 2019 Bowers Farm FFA Chapter Honorary Degree
    FFA Annual Banquet
    On May 21st, our Bowers Farm FFA chapter held their annual banquet. Students were recognized for their year long contributions and growth. Members were honored with various awards for levels and commitments. First year students were honored for one year of program commitment, called a Green Hand Degree, and a minimum of 50 hours of out of school agricultural project work. Second year students with two years completion and 100 hours out of school project work received the Program Completer award. Those recognized with this award were: Sydney Crawford, Aaron Murray, Alex Delmotte and Josh Salhaney. Mrs. Jessica Lynn was also recognized for her efforts in helping this group flourish. Members and families enjoyed a catered meal and were moved by the retiring FFA officers' speeches. Congratulations on a great year!
    Read more about FFA Annual Banquet
    Bowers Garden Preparing for A Busy Season
    Thanks to the help of many FFA members, as well as Bowers Staff, our garden is ready for spring and summer growth and has really taken off! This year's garden looks a little different than in the past. We moved to a permaculture type practice with less tilling. We are transitioning to smaller plots that are heavily mulched for weed control. This will help facilitate student engagement and make access to our harvest easier.
    Read more about Bowers Garden Preparing for A Busy Season
    Community Gardens in Full Bloom
    Spring has sprung here at Bowers and our community gardens have taken flight. This year, we have 70 plots that are already bursting with new growth. It's a great community effort that demonstrates the possibilities that come with a working farm. Even more, the gardeners are able to exchange information and expertise with one another to help their gardens thrive. If you are interested in being put on our waiting list for a garden plot, please contact Jackie in our main office at 248.341.6481.
    Read more about Community Gardens in Full Bloom
    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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    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