Fall Tours

Get your students out of the classroom and into a fresh educational environment. We are gearing up for our 13th season of hosting school groups at our farm. The stations hidden around the 2016 corn maze are a collection of facts about Canadian agriculture, along with some fun farmy jokes. A trip to our farm provides students with a glimpse into both modern farming practices as well as pioneer farming practices. Students of all ages will benefit from the experience. We also host school tours in the spring time at the maple sugar bush.

Half Day Programs (approx. 2 hours)

Option A:  In this program, students will have an interactive educational talk with Farmer James. He will discuss the lifecycle of corn and its different stages of growth. Students will learn about and see different varieties of corn, such as sweet corn, popcorn, cattle corn and Indian/ornamental corn.  Students will learn new vocabulary such as silk, kernel and tassel and where each is found on a cob of corn. Farmer James will also talk with the students about different products that corn can be found in. Students will also engage in a discussion with Farmer James about buying fruits and vegetables locally from a farmer’s market versus a superstore. This program also includes a crop tour and time in the corn maze.

This program also helps to develop the following learning skills:

  • Responsibility
  • Initiative
  • Collaboration
  • Self-Regulation
  • Organization
  • Independent Work

How does our educational corn maze program meet the Ontario Curriculum expectations?

Option B:  From dirt to butter. Students will think like a pioneer farmer, circa 1860 for the day. Students will see an old plow and learn what a pioneer would have to do in order to plow, clear land, or plant crops.  Farmer James will talk about his great great grandfather who farmed and some of the equipment he might have used. Many of the pieces of equipment are on display for students to see and use in our heritage barn. Students get to finish off the day by whipping cream to make butter. This program also includes time in the corn maze.

This program also helps to develop the following learning skills:

  • Responsibility
  • Initiative
  • Collaboration
  • Self-Regulation

Option C:  Meet Mr. Bear and Mr. Hare, the two lovable characters in the story “Tops and Bottoms” as told by Farmer James.  Mr. Bear learns from the wily Mr. Hare about which vegetables grow above the ground and which ones grow under the ground.  This option is popular with our early primary school groups and provides an age appropriate and fun introduction to how pumpkins grow.  Includes time in the corn maze.

***Options A, B, and C include a small pumpkin to take home for each student OR one large pumpkin for the classroom

Full Day Program  (4 hours)

Choose option A, B or C then stay for lunch (picnic tables are available), make popcorn over the fire and play a game in the maze OR go for a wagon ride and pick apples at a neighbouring farm in the afternoon.  We offer a hotdog lunch for an additional fee.

Prices

Options A, B & C

Half day program          $ 5.50 per student    ($75 minimum) plus HST

Full day program          $ 9.00 per student     ($100 minimum) plus HST

Hot dog lunch              $ 3.50 each, plus HST  (includes 1 hot dog, juice and an apple)

Supervisors up to 1:5 students are free

Additional Adults are $5.50 each plus HST

Pricing for school tours are only valid on weekdays for school groups (including homeschoolers)

We are available for school tours Monday to Friday in September and October.

Maple Syrup Tours

Bring your class to the farm and learn all about maple syrup production and much, much more. Our 2 hour program includes a wagon ride to the sugar bush, explanations of modern and early syrup making, a tour of the sugar shanty and evaporator, learning how to tap a tree, a chance to make maple taffy, learning about the different tools used in making maple syrup, and of course, experience the taste of pure maple syrup on some fresh, hot pancakes.

This program also helps to develop the following learning skills:

  • Initiative
  • Collaboration
  • Self-Regulation

Tours are available on weekdays from February 27th to March 31st, 2017. Dress for the weather we will be outside!

Tour plus Pancake snack            $7.00 plus HST per student

(minimum of 20 students per group for this pricing)

(includes one pancake with pure maple syrup, and apple or orange juice)

Tour only                                   $5.50 plus HST per student

(minimum of 20 students per group for this pricing)

Supervisors (including teachers) up to 1:10 students are free; additional supervisors pay the same price as the students.

Due to wagon load restrictions, we can accommodate a maximum of approximately 80 people (including supervisors) in a school group.

Call for more info or to book your tour.

Contact James or Kirsten for more information and bookings at 905-774-7507 or info@richardsonfarm.com