2016 Spring Farm Tour
Our annual spring farm tour for the general public is Sunday, May 22nd, starting at 10:30am. Please see the columns below for details on times, directions, and pricing. Here's what to expect on the tour:
On the main farm (near Elkhorn Slough) we'll visit the baby chicks, broiler chickens on pasture, pigs, and rabbits. The baby chicks are always a favorite with kids. Our tours focus a lot on education and tend to be very information-dense. We discuss the specifics of "organic," "free range," and other value-added labeling terms; humane handling/slaughter; and how pasture condition and animal breeds affect the quality of our meat and eggs. By about noon, folks who need to leave can do so, and everyone else will follow us to visit the laying hens on their pasture in Corralitos, about a 25 minute drive north.
There is a lot of walking on the tour, some of it uphill and some of it through tall grass. Some stations involve long stops in direct sunlight, especially if there are lots of questions. There are bathrooms and a place to fill water bottles on the main farm; there are no such facilities in Corralitos. On the main farm we have a rest spot for parents with young kids and nursing moms (kids are welcome and encouraged!), but there are no amenities for picnicking, etc. Pets are not allowed.
You may have visited other farms that cater to agri-tourists and have lovely landscaping, picnic areas, animals to pet, berries to pick, etc. These places offer a great way to relax in a rural environment. So that you are not disappointed after driving all the way out to our farm for a tour, please take note that our farm is more focused on food production, and our tours more focused on education. We don't have much in the way of landscaping or amusements.