Educational farm visits

How to visit us

We welcome visitors to the farm who are interested in learning more about sustainable food production, ecology, homesteading, and other aspects of our work here. Guided educational walking tours are available upon request with advance scheduling, depending on our workload. For reasons of liability and practicality, we cannot accept unplanned visitors. We charge for educational visits.

Basics of a farm visit

We expect visits to last about 1.5 hours. Topics may include sustainable agriculture, homesteading & kitchen skills, ecology, geology, or other subjects of interest. Visits generally involve walking a half-mile or more around our diverse landscape, which may not be accessible or practical for all visitors.

We can also accommodate custom educational opportunities for organized groups such as classes, Scouts, home-schoolers,  or non-profits. We have hosted visits for organizations including MU Extension, MU Center for Agroforestry, and EarthDance Farms. Eric holds a Masters degree in science education and enjoys working with learners of all ages.

Fees

We charge $25/head for a one-on-one visit, $15/head for groups of 2 to 5 people, and $12/head for groups of 6 to 16 people, payable on-farm. Young children who are not independently mobile are free; otherwise we ask the same rate for children as adults because children require extra preparation and attention due to liability concerns. If these prices will create a hardship for you or your group, please contact us to discuss options.

Scheduling a visit

We generally prefer visits to be scheduled at least one week in advance. We reserve the right to decline a visit request due to workload or on-farm conditions. To request a visit, please send an email to the address listed on the contact page with the following information. We will generally respond within a day or two.

  • Contact name & phone number
  • Number of intended visitors, including children & their ages
  • Proposed date and time of visit
  • Any particular interests of the group

Getting here

We are located in northern Boone County, Missouri, about 20 minutes drive from Columbia, with the final entry road consisting of a steeply descending gravel hill that is generally, but not always, passable to cars. Buses or especially low-riding vehicles cannot be accommodated. Upon reserving a time, you will receive a map and directions to the farm. Please consider that weather and/or entry road conditions may force last-minute changes in plan, and allow for such eventualities.