A question came up on one of the online groups I'm part of - what are great farm tours in the Bay Area? So I thought I'd list some here.
Of course you know about Harley Farms - I blogged about them recently. They're a goat farm in Pescadero, and they make their own goat cheese. You can read about Harley Farm here.
The tour is on Saturday, July 10 from 1:30-3:30. Pre-registration required and space is limited. The tour is at 1170 Walker Rd., Petaluma. It costs $20 for adults, $10 for kids over age two (younger than that are free). Register here.
A fun strawberry family event is coming up at Dolcini Red Hill Ranch. They'll have activities including berry picking, ice cream making, farm game playing, and shortcake eating. Feed the chickens and tour the vegetable fields. Additional strawberries, eggs, snacks, and veggies will be for sale at the farm stand.
The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. meeting at Dolcini Ranch, 6970 Point Reyes - Petaluma. RSVP required - space is limited. Register here. Cost is $25/adult, $12 for kids.
Toluma Farm in Tomales has monthly guided tours of their goat farm, the first Sunday of each month, from 11 a.m . to noon. The request you email them for reservations. You can also schedule group or school tours with them. For Sunday tours, email firstname.lastname@example.org (and use TOURS in the subject line). You can bring your own picnic and have lunch there.
McClelland Dairy in Sonoma County offers several tours a month, to their dairy farm. Learn more about their tours here. You can play with calves in the nursery, check out the milking parlor, breathe and milk a cow by hand. Cost is free under three, otherwise $7-10. Reservations recommended - more info here. Upcoming tours are June 26 and July 17 at 1 p.m.
Loma Vista Farm in Vallejo is a public/private venture between the local school district and a community-based nonprofit. They offer tons of tours and activities. The Loma Vista Farm is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the school year and follows the school calendar. Individuals or families can visit the farm unscheduled during these times. Contact them to schedule a visit for any organized group. Check the Loma Vista Farm Events schedule for occasional after-hours times. Call for summer hours (707) 556-8765 or check their schedule.
You'll find lists of ongoing events at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust site, Om Organics, If you're a teacher wanting to take kids on a farm tour in Marin, the Marin Agricultural Land Trust can help you organize that and has a list of helpful education aids as well.
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