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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.



Learning, Fun and Fall at the Farm...all in full swing!

Tuesday September 4th marked the first day of school for Bloomfield Hills Schools students: on that date the Bowers Academy excitedly welcomed its class of 2022 freshmen, along with its returning students, and just five days later the Bowers School farm welcomed its first 2018 school year field trip attendees! From academic classes such as “Agricultural Science” and “Adventure English,” to educational programs such as the “Farmer for a Day” kindergarten field trip, to recreational offerings such as the “Community Horse Program,” the Bowers School Farm has commenced the new school year at a fast pace with many offerings and visitors. Thank you to all who have made our busy start to the school year such a successful one!

Not in the BHS district but still want to see what the farm has to offer? Contact us! The Bowers School Farm offers a multitude of existing programs to extra-district schools and organizations, and can even tailor make a new farm based offering to meet your needs! Visit www.bloomfield.org/schools/charles-l-bowers-school-farm and see the Farm Programs & Events webpage. Contact Program Coordinator Jackie Doran (jdoran@bloomfield.org, 248.341.6481) for additional information.

 

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Fall Equinox Wedding

To mark this year’s September equinox, Saturday the 22nd, the Bowers School Farm hosted a momentous and unforgettable fall wedding. After a busy few days preparing and beautifying the farm, Bowers staff excitedly opened the gates on the equinox to welcome the wedding party and guests. We feel honored to have been chosen by the lovely couple as the venue for their ceremony. And our goats, llama and calves, who call the adjoining barnyard home, witnessed an event few farm animals can boast having seen! 

Special thanks to Site Coordinator Jordan Hewitt, Farm Caretaker Rachel Duncan, and Farm Instructional Guide Kathleen Blust for their extra effort in ensuring that “getting hitched” commenced without a hitch! And a heartfelt thank you to the Michigan State University Extension volunteer Master Gardeners who not only prepared the immaculate gardens, they even took the time and energy to plant special burgundy fall mums in order to match the wedding’s color theme! 

If interested in hosting an event at the Bowers School Farm, visit www.bloomfield.org/schools/charles-l-bowers-school-farm and click on the Farm Programs & Events tab. Contact Program Coordinator Jackie Doran (jdoran@bloomfield.org, 248.341.6481) for additional information.
 

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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