Urban Farm Tours

Tours are fun, educational, and a great activity for everyone!

Beginners Tour – Great for kids and anyone with not much gardening experience. Do you know how to grow potatoes? Ever seen broccoli growing? Have you ever pet a chicken? If not, then you would enjoy this tour!

Advanced Tour – Learn lots of tips and tricks to have happy chickens and grow your best vegetables, fruit, and nuts!

Want to know everything? Take both tours!

Here is our 2017 Urban Farm Tour schedule:
March 26th, 2017 – Beginners Tour starts at 12pm, Advanced tour starts at 2 pm
April 30th, 2017 – Beginners Tour starts at 12pm, Advanced tour starts at 2 pm
May 28th, 2017 – Beginners Tour starts at 12pm, Advanced tour starts at 2 pm
June 25th, 2017 – Beginners Tour starts at 12pm, Advanced tour starts at 2 pm
July 30th, 2017 – Beginners Tour starts at 12pm, Advanced tour starts at 2 pm
August 27th, 2017 – Beginners Tour starts at 12pm, Advanced tour starts at 2 pm
September 24th, 2017 – Beginners Tour starts at 12pm, Advanced tour starts at 2 pm
October 29th, 2017 – Beginners Tour starts at 12pm, Advanced tour starts at 2 pm
November – January closed to the public for Urban Farm Tours due to rain and mud.

How to make a reservation for your family’s guided Tour: *We meet new people by reservation only*

Please include the following things in your email to make scheduling easier:

A) Number of adults and kids – We suggest a donation of $10 per adult per tour.  FREE for everyone 17 and younger! (If you have a group of 8 or more people, check out our large group information section below)

Parking Options – Carpool! 🙂 We suggest a $5 donation for parking a gas powered car within 2 blocks of the Farm. We have limited parking at our downtown location and we would like to not block parking for our neighbors.  Please consider walking (at least a few blocks) or taking your bike; both options are better for your health, save you money on gas, keep the planet cleaner…

B) Date and which tour your would like to do (you are welcome to stay for both tours!) – see above schedule

C) Please read, agree to, and copy and paste this quote in your email:  “I understand the Farm is your home and I will only visit on the Date and Time of my Tour.”

After you send the email with the above information, we will confirm your reservation by giving you our address.  We look forward to sharing our farming methods with you!

 

Large Group Tours – 8 or more people

Large groups can schedule a tour on a day other than our usual Tour schedule. The tour lasts about 2 hours with lots of great information and demos for adults, or fun activities for kids.

We suggest a donation of $20 per adult and $10 per child

Email us at farmers@hollyhillhummingbird.com to schedule your large group tour:

 

Hollyhill Hummingbird Farm Tours

Looking through our pictures and reading our text may be helpful, but walking around our Farm, listening to your guide, and freely asking questions, is another thing all together.

All ages are welcome. The tour will last over an hour, and highlight all the important aspects of sustainable food production.

 

 

 

Tour Highlights:

Chickens:
Our Chickens were held, one at a time, everyday from her first day of life. All this holding bonded them with humans.  Our chickens  don’t mind kids or adults holding them, and they love to jump on your shoulder!

 

 

Your tour will also include basic education on chicken care. If you would like more detail, such as if you are planning to get your own chickens, just let us know.

 

 

Veggie Garden:
Good farmers grow good vegetables.  Great farmers grow great soil! At our Farm, the chicken manure is caught using mulch from the property.  The mulch is then composted, along with excess spent grain from the Farm’s Craft Brewery, garden waste, and kitchen scraps.  This is the food for our veggie garden.

Besides learning our methods of soil improvement you will see how we pair up companion plants to fight pests.  For instance:  If you plant members of the allium family (onions, garlic, chives…) around your plants that aphids and carrot flies like, you may trick the pests and get a sweet harvest of both the crop and the allium.  We like to space our onions through our carrots to allow
each onion to swell while the carrots catch the wasted light, getting thinned as they grow.

You will see crop rotation, first hand. Like a shell game, we move the crops so new pest babies born in the spring will not be right next to their parents’ favorite food.  Crop rotation helps plants live symbiotically over time.  What one plant takes from the soil, another gives.  Some give using further symbiosis, like the legume family (peas, beans, peanuts…) their roots team up with local bacteria to leave the ground with more nitrogen than it started!

 

 

Craft Brewery:

The Farm brewing process takes about 6 hours of time during the actual brew day and then it takes weeks or months before the brew is ready to drink.

We may not be brewing on the day of your visit; however, we will have the equipment set up, the fermenters filled with wort/beer, and our  kegerator for you to learn from during the tour.

If you want to learn more about brewing, please visit our Homebrew Page

 

 

Orchard and Berry Vines:

While our focus was always on taste test winners, we also payed attention to stagger harvests and have a few long term storage fruits.  We have 24 different fruit and nut trees, so that at least 2 of them are harvesting every month of the year!

 

 

 

Hop Yard:


Hops are a perennial plant that regrows from a rhizome (root that stores energy like a potato) each year.  If you come in the spring you will see a little plant like on the right.  Summer has long vines growing over a rope.  In August we harvest flowers for brewing.  September – Spring, the hop yard vanishes and goes dormant underground.

This is a picture of one of our hops varieties (Cascade) as a baby.

 

 

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