Field Trips

for Schools and Other Groups

We believe in experiential learning, connecting people of all ages to new foods, soil, and open spaces. Our field trips provide a wide range of opportunities for your class, adult/youth group and/or team to engage with all that Pie Ranch has to offer from field to kitchen. Explore the program offerings below to find an option that meets your objectives and wishes.

We will be happy to help arrange a program that will work for you!

 

Pie ranch field trip Calendar

 


PROGRAM MENU

*High School Group chaperone to student ratio: 1 per 10 students. 5th Grade and below: 1 per 7 students. Fees for teacher and chaperone are waived based on recommended ratio, additional chaperones will be charged at cost per student.

Program Booking Dates:
When available on our calendar February–November
Option #1: available Tuesdays
Options #1–5: available Thursdays & Fridays
Programming is not available December–January
 Please check our program calendar above to ensure the dates you are interested in are not already booked.

 

 

 

OPTION #1

INTRODUCTION TO A WORKING FARM

Groups of 15 to 30 ::: 90 minutes
10am–12:30pm
All Ages

Enjoy a two-hour walking tour of our farm with one of our staff. Tour includes a milling demonstration in our historic Roadside Barn and discussion of our small-farm operation. Guests are invited to bring their own lunch to picnic in our meadow following their tour. *Tour can be truncated to 1.5 hours (without milling demo).

10:00am:  Arrival and Welcome
10:00am–10:30am:  Overview of Pie Ranch, ice breaker, safety review
10:30am–12:30pm:  Milling Demo followed by walking tour of farm
12:30pm:  Enjoy our meadow for your own picnic lunch (optional)

 

OPTION #2

CONNECTING WITH THE SOIL

Groups of 15 to 30 ::: 3.5 hours
9:30am–1:00pm
School Groups 5th Grade and above

Enjoy a facilitated tour of the farm, engage in a farm activity facilitated by one of our farm team members. A closing reflection will be facilitated by a Pie Ranch staff member. Guests are invited to bring their own lunch to picnic in our meadow at the end of the experience.

9:30am: Arrival and Welcome
9:30am–10:00am: Overview of Pie Ranch, ice breaker, safety review
10:00am–11:15am: Walking Tour of Farm
11:15am–12:30pm: Farm project with farm team
12:30pm–1:00pm: Enjoy our meadow for your own picnic lunch (optional)

 

OPTION #3

FOOD JUSTICE FROM FIELD TO TABLE

Groups up to 20 or less ::: 3.5 hours
9:30am–1:00pm
School groups 5th Grade and above

Enjoy a facilitated tour while harvesting some seasonal produce that will be included in a side dish offering prepared by your class that will compliment a buffet prepared by our visiting chef educator.

9:30am: Arrival and Welcome
9:30am–10:00am: Overview of Pie Ranch, ice breaker, safety review
10:00am–12:30pm: Farm harvest and tour, culinary lesson with chef educator
12:30pm: Enjoy a lunch buffet prepared just for your group

 

OPTION #4

THE WHOLE PIE

Groups up to 30 ::: 3.5 hours
9:30–1:00pm
School Groups 5th Grade and above

Upon arrival, the group will be divided into three teams: farm, culinary, and pie baking. The farm team will work alongside members of our farm apprentice group on a seasonal farm project, the culinary team will work with our chef educator to prepare lunch for the visiting class, the pie team will create and bake pies from scratch. The groups will reunite to enjoy the lunch buffet and pies made fresh that day to conclude the visit.

9:30am: Arrival and Welcome
9:30am–10:00am: Overview of Pie Ranch, ice breaker, safety review
10:00am–12:30pm: Farm, Culinary, Pie teams break out
12:30pm–1:15pm: Lunch
1:15-1:30pm: Enjoy pie together

 

OPTION #5

LIFE ON A FARM: OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

Groups up to 30 ::: 1.5 days
Time TBD
*Available to School Groups ONLY

Overnight experiences at Pie Ranch are facilitated by Pie Ranch staff for the first portion of the day. We encourage visiting groups to explore the surrounding natural spaces near Pie Ranch after lunch and/or encourage you to craft activities or lessons that match your classroom discussions. The proposal below outlines a model for what overnight programming looks like at Pie Ranch and includes suggestions for programming you may with to incorporate. For a listing of afternoon program ideas please see the bottom of this form. We are flexible with our programming and are happy to work with you to adjust to the needs of your group within our staff capacity, to ensure that your visit is impactful and memorable.

Click here to view our Sample Overnight Program


Activities to expect on your visit:

WINTER

Farm: Soil tests; sowing wheat; pruning cane berries and apple trees; greenhouse work;
paint signs for farm stand & tours/workdays; pest control, gopher/rodent trapping
Kitchen: tbd  • Pies: Lemon

SPRING

Farm: Prep ground for planting;set-up irrigation; pest/disease control; sowing in greenhouse; direct sowing & transplanting; harvest & post-harvest handling; weed cultivation; animal husbandry; pest control, gopher/rodent trapping
Kitchen: tbd  • Pies: Lemon, strawberry rhubarb

SUMMER

Farm: Irrigation; sowing in greenhouse; direct sowing & transplanting; pest/disease control; weeding; summer/apple pruning; harvest & post-harvest handling; animal husbandry; pest control, gopher/rodent trapping
Kitchen: tbd  • Pies: Strawberry rhubarb

FALL

Farm: Harvest, plant strawberries & garlic, irrigation, pest control, preparing ground for winter cover crops, weeding, mulching fruit trees, pulling out summer crops (corn, beans), winnowing beans and processing them for drying.
Kitchen: tbd  • Pies: Apple, pumpkin

 

Pricing and Costs

A 50% deposit is required for booking purposes and is due 7 business days after an e-mail confirmation. Full payment for visits is due 30 days after the issue of an invoice. In the case of unfavorable weather, we will provide you with an option to reschedule.

Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance.

All income received from farm visits supports our operational costs that allows us to continue offering learning opportunities on our farm and also provides coverage for schools that express need of financial assistance. Thank you for your support!