Kids get to learn where their food and/or clothing comes from.
Apparently, it seems that children think that produce, eggs, and meat come from a big box store. Visiting a farm lets them see first-hand fruits and veggies growing in a field; chickens scratching around and laying eggs and dairy animals producing milk.
On a fiber farm, children get to see animals growing fleece if you visit often you can see animals before and after shearing. Cotton farms can teach us that fiber actually grows on plants. Some farms actually have demonstrations and hands-on exhibits that allow visitors to actually see fiber being transformed into usable material.
Discovering how much work goes into growing food/clothing will, hopefully, help them learn to waste less and appreciate more.
It’s a great way to learn about and interact with animals, including livestock and working dogs.
Knowing the words to “Old MacDonald had a Farm” and reading board books about farm animals doesn’t teach children everything they need to know about animals. Seeing farm animals, including working dogs, and being able to touch them with your own hands (and maybe even feed some) changes the relationship with animals from a picture on a page or verse of a song into something real and tangible.
Interacting with animals on a farm demonstrates how, as humans, we have a responsibility to care for and respect animals. They can see, first hand, how farmers tend and raise their livestock with dignity and respect. Most farmers provide an excellent environment and take exemplary care of their animals. Farmers set a great example of how to care for animals.
Choosing an egg and seeing the chicken it came from is a magical experience.
Visiting a farm is a wonderful way to spend some active time outside.
Leave the tablet/phone/game behind. No screen time on the farm means honest to goodness human interaction.
It’s hard not to be active while visiting a farm. It’s a wide-open playground, and our farm is a safe space to ramble, wander and explore (within reason, see farm rules).
After a day on the farm, we can just about guarantee that bedtime will go smoothly.
It’s educational, for younger as well as older children.
Farmers are the ultimate multi-taskers. They work as small businessmen/women, botanists, horticulturists, tour guides, vet techs, day labors, and teachers.
We have free scavenger hunts for little kids as well as big kids and their parents.
Small children can work on language development by learning the difference between a chick, a chicken, a hen and a rooster. Sensory learning experiences are everywhere, from wet grass, dry hay, and soft rabbit fur.
Older children can learn more advanced animal husbandry and horticulture techniques. They can learn history and purpose of different farm animal breeds.
A farm is the ultimate science lab.
Visiting the farm fosters a true connection with nature and our Maker
Seeing a working farm and learning about what goes on there, deepens appreciation of the beauty of nature and the bounty that God blessed us with. To witness or be a part of growing vegetables, raising livestock and partnering with working dogs is a deeply satisfying and rewarding experience, no matter what your age.