Celebrate This Fall With A Farm Field Trip

Jerry Blackwelder

The chill in the air signals harvest time on family farms all across North Carolina. With hundreds of family farms welcoming school groups for field trips, it’s the perfect time for your students to spend the day getting back to nature. In the process they will learn that food doesn’t just come from the grocery store as they see first-hand where fruits and vegetables are grown. 

For a complete directory of North Carolina family farms offering field trips, visit www.ncagr.gov or call the NC Department of Agriculture at (919) 707-3120. 

Here’s a sampling of some of the student-friendly agriculture sites:

Tuttle’s Farm in Stoneville has been growing cantaloupes, cucumbers, pumpkins,
watermelons and other fruits and vegetables for nearly forty years. An on-site corn maze is always fun. Call (336) 589-8730 or visit www.tuttlesfarmevents.com.

Vollmer Farm in Bunn near the Triangle is a well-known and popular field trip destination. Once again this fall the farm will be introducing students to Cudzoo the calf on the Cow and Butter Making Tour. Contact www.vollmerfarm.com or call (919) 496-3076.

Youngsville’s Hill Ridge Farm (www.hillridgefarms.com, 919/556-1771) offers more than a dozen themed field trips including the Pumpkin Bounce, Hay Jump, Pipe Swings and Fish Feeding. This Farm is one of the Triangle’s best educational field trip outings.

Farmer’s Daughterin Taylorsville always feature story time, art projects, hayrides and apple/pumpkin activity stations. September tours focus on apples while October tours salute pumpkins. To schedule your field trip visit www.thefarmersdaughternc.com or call (828) 312-8137. 

Patterson Farm in Mount Ulla will again be conducting the fall Treasure Mine
Adventure Tours introducing students to rocks, minerals and Native American history. September signals the return of the corn maze with the Classroom in the Corn.
Call (704) 636-4005 or visit www.visitpattersonfarm.com.




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