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Farm Programs & Events

Student riding horse at Michigan's Bowers School FarmWe welcome you to visit our various community events throughout the year in this fun, educational and interactive environment.

Click on the tabs below to learn more about our Community Events, Community Gardens, Produce Stand, Horse Leasing, Farm Assemblies, Personalized Tours, and more!

Community Events

Pancake Breakfast & Spring Fling

Each April Bowers Farm hosts a fun-filled day of pancakes, animal visits, wagon rides, story time by the Bloomfield Twp. Public Library and a visit from the Bowers Bunny! The cost is $14/person; under 2 is free. There will be 5 seatings and registration through the Bloomfield Hills Recreation Dept. is required. Registration is available now by visiting www.bloomfield.org/recreation. We are hoping this event will soon become a family tradition!

Fall Festival

Each year Bowers Farm hosts a Fall Festival! Two days of fun-filled educational fall activities such as pumpkin picking, wagon rides, live music, concessions (including cider mill donuts and cider), wool spinning, animal visits, straw maze and other activities! Please click on the link above left corner of the home page for more information.

Personalized Events

Bowers School Farm is happy to provide a personalized program just for you and your group! The event can include numerous activities, possible room rental and fun on the farm!

We would be happy to host your birthday party, wedding or baby shower or even your wedding! Our gardens, maintained by the MSU Master Gardeners, create a beautiful setting for a ceremony. Please call for additional information.

Business Outings

Bowers School Farm can tailor a business outing just for your company. We can provide a number of team-building activities designed to complement and enhance the topic or reason for the meeting! Feel free to hold a meeting in one of the numerous rooms for rent on the farm and let us take care of any food and beverage requests!

Community Gardens

bowers school farm

Charles L. Bowers School Farm houses approximately 79 garden plots where gardeners can grow fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers while enjoying the outdoors. There is currently a waiting list for the community gardens. Please email your name and contact information to jdoran@bloomfield.org and we'll be sure to add your name to our waiting list. We will be in touch when a plot becomes available.

Plot Information

All of the garden plots are approximately 25' X 25'. Tilling takes place once in the spring. There is access to water for hand watering the plots.

Timing for Garden Use

Opening Day varies each year. It is all dependent on the weather. Wet plots and cold weather can delay the ability to plow the gardens and therefore delay the opening day. We ensure you that we do our best to get the plots ready for your use as soon as possible. The plots will be staked out and numbered in advance, leaving approximately 6" around the perimeter of the plot for wood chips to be used as a walking path.

Garden Keys

New gardeners may pick up their key in the farm office anytime between 8 am – 1 pm, Mondays through Fridays. There is a $5 fee for additional keys or to replace a lost key.

Cost and Payment

The cost for one season of gardening is $65. Payment is due when registration occurs. Plot assignment will be made when payment is received.

Community Horse Program

girl with horse at farmWe are happy to announce the Community Horse Program managed by The Friends of Bowers Farm.  Experienced horse enthusiasts are invited to help support, enjoy and share the horses at Bowers School farm through membership in The Community Horse Program.  Please visit www.friendsofbowersfarm.org for more information.  You can also email: info@friendsof bowersfarm.org or leave a message at (248) 560.6020 if you have questions.  Thank you for your support and interest.

Tours and Educational Programs

Farm Tours

llama at farm

Visit the Charles L. Bowers School Farm! Our basic farm tour is fun and educational and is designed for anyone who is interested in farm life. During this tour you will visit all of the animals in their natural settings while walking through barns and viewing them out in the pasture. We have sheep, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, llama and pigs!

Guests will be able to participate in seasonal hands-on activities; possibly milking a goat or feeding a baby animal a bottle of milk, all while learning about the basic needs of animals and the roles they play on the farm.

The tour also includes a wagon ride around the farm property, giving you the opportunity to view other aspects of farming such as our crops which consist of a variety of fresh produce and numerous animals grazing throughout the fields.

Examples of groups that participate are school classrooms, families, scout troops, neighborhood groups, senior citizens and church groups, just to name a few.

Get a group together and book your tour today!

Duration: one hour
Cost: $10.00 per person, including adults

Educational Programs

girl visiting farm

Our educational programs are fun and interactive while teaching aspects of each grade level's state educational standards. The RECOMMENDED grade level is shown, but we can modify any program or activity to fit the needs of any grade or group.

Examples of groups that participate are school classrooms, families, scout troops, neighborhood groups, senior citizens and church groups, just to name a few.

We look forward to your visit – schedule your program today!

Duration: varies by program

Cost:
$10.00 per person, including adults.

Available Programs

  • Farmer for a Day (kindergarten)
  • Springtime at the Farm (kindergarten)
  • Fall Fun & Facts (1st Grade)
  • Are You My Mother? (1st Grade)
  • Plant Science I (2nd Grade)
  • Sustainability II (2nd Grade)
  • Everyday Agriculture (3rd Grade)
  • Harvest Program (4th Program)
  • Animal Bodies & Behaviors (4th Grade)
  • Heritage Program (5th Grade)
  • Body Systems (5th Grade)
  • Conservation (6th Grade)
  • Genetics (7th Grade)

Traveling Farms and Assemblies

pigs at farm

If you're unable to visit us at the farm, we'll be happy to bring our animals to you! We provide this service for an educational setting only, such as schools and libraries. We no longer provide this service for birthday parties, spring fairs, etc. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Single Animal Visit

Choose the animal, the time, and the place that you would like us to visit and we will do the rest! Some popular animal visits include a turkey around Thanksgiving and baby goats or lambs in the springtime. Our staff will present a hands-on educational experience for you and your group. Given the experiential nature of this program, it is best for a group of 20 or less. If you have more than 20 people, we suggest that you divide into groups in order to receive the full benefit of the program.

Duration: as long as you need us
Cost: $50 set-up fee, plus $25 for each ½ hour session


Mobile Farm Animal Presentations and Assemblies

We'd be happy to bring a complete farm to you! The animals included in our traveling farm are a pony, a milking goat, two baby goats, a lamb, a rabbit and various poultry. We will tailor the educational experience to fit your needs. Information about each animal will be given, as well as interactive, educational demonstrations and activities.

Duration: as long as you need us
Cost: $300 for the first hour; $100 for each additional hour.


The Charles L. Bowers Farm offers a wide variety of educational programs and events.

For additional information please contact:

Jackie Doran
JDoran@bloomfield.org
248.341.6481