Patterson Farm Tour Introduces Students to the Importance of Agriculture

Jerry Blackwelder

For more than two decades, Patterson Farm in Mount Ulla has provided school students the opportunity to learn about where there food originates through specially-designed tours in a real life farm setting.

Originally Patterson Farm offered strawberry and pumpkin tours. Today,  nine school group tours designed to educate and enhance classroom learning are offered throughout the year. Here’s a sampling.


Treasure Mine Adventure Tour

Students will learn the difference between rocks and minerals as well as study fossils and Native American culture as they mine for treasure. They are welcome to take home the gems, fossils and arrowheads they uncover in the mining process.

Classroom in the Corn Tour

The corn maze is the setting for this adventure tour as students play educational games while they wind their way through the maze. Group sessions are conducted before and after the tour to reinforce the lessons they learn.

Pumpkin Patch Tour

Tailored to preschool through second grade students, the Pumpkin Patch Tour includes a puppet show and a DVD explaining how pumpkins grow. Students also experience a wagon ride and take home a pumpkin as a souvenir.

NC Farm History Tour

Agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry. This tour explains the history of farming, how farming has impacted the State, the importance of farming and how technology has changed the industry.

Learn and Grow Discovery Farm

More than 15 interactive learning stations in the Barnyard encourage students to “work” on the farm in simulated Dairy Barn, Bee Barn, Chicken Coop, Vegetable Garden and other areas.

Dirt on Dirt Tour

This tour helps students understand the importance of soil to farmers, plant and our lives. Students will collect soil samples and learn about composting, conservation, irrigation and water absorption.

Want to go?

Patterson Farm is located in Mount Ulla, an easy drive from the Charlotte area or the Triad. For more information or to schedule your field trip, log on to or call (704) 636-4005.


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