There’s a new day coming at the Kelley Farm and it is right around the corner. It’s a day we have all been waiting for—a day two years in the making.
On Saturday, April 1st (and this is no April Fool’s joke) the Oliver Kelley Farm will open for the season, and it will be bigger and better than ever! It will, in essence, be two farms: the 1870s farm, and the new part, Farm Lab, that will show what farming has become and how farming has evolved into the 21st Century.
In April and May, as the staff and animals adapt to the new and old, the Farm will be open Saturdays and Sundays only. The Grand Opening event is scheduled for the weekend of May 6th and 7th.
We hope that everyone can come out to experience all parts of the Farm. All features of the Farm will be open, though some of the routine activities are weather-dependent, something that needs to be kept in mind.
The newest part of the Farm, Farm Lab, is not a farm in and of itself, but an area of agricultural activity, experimentation and discovery. Composed of Farm Lab Crops, Farm Lab Garden, Farm Lab Barn, Machinery Hill, and a new exhibit called Food Trail designed to explore USDA Food Guidelines, there are learning
experiences available for children of all ages.
A primary goal of the Farm is to, ultimately, get younger kids interested in science and agriculture. Farm Lab was designed to reach slightly older kids and parents with hopes that the message “Agriculture is Important” will be passed on to younger generations.
All ages will have opportunities to learn about Minnesota agriculture and the important role it plays in Minnesota’s—and the world’s—economies.