Welcome to our Fall tour 2015. INDIGO FARMS
We are a real farm with a real purpose – to serve people and make them aware of real farm goodness. Yes, life is good. But the truth is we are more disconnected with real life than previous generations. So one of our missions is to help people , especially young people get connected to real life. As a young child growing up on the farm I was often filled with awe and wonder. Every new calf, every new clutch of biddies, every day spent with the dog and every time I saw a horse or mule I was attracted by it all. The awe and wonder led to wanting to know more and knowing led to respect and gratitude. Now many decades later the experiences woven into the fabric of a lifetime bear convictions that hopefully will be valued by others. Respect and gratitude are seeds I hope can grow in all of us. – Sam Bellamy
This Fall tour is about letting children see various slices of farm life. Visit the barnyard- See rare breed sheep (Gulf Coast Sheep. Once common in the South around the early 1900’s, they have a natural resistance to internal parasites. Parasites are a constant threat to most sheep and goats.) Hershey the Hinney, Jack be Quick the boar ( genetically wild boar ), Esther the sow, a host of goats, Geese – two domestic breeds, one wild breed, often wild herons, ducks, cormorants and other water birds visit the ponds. Several varieties of chickens, rabbits.
Learn about growing pumpkins and the role bees play See indigo, sugar cane. Take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch – Learn about different kinds of pumpkins, gourds etc.
See mushroom logs and learn about growing mushrooms. See the Cider press and learn how we make grape juice and apple cider. sample apple cider ( pasteurized ).
Fun on your own- Kids enjoy the scarecrows, taking pictures with the scarecrows, the tipi and of course the hay maze.
Pre-tour tips to discuss or plan activities around. Discuss how pumpkins grow. What challenges do they face? Are all pumpkins alike? Do pumpkins have relatives? What makes pumpkins happy? How many seeds does a pumpkin have? What is sugar cane? How is it made into sugar? How is apple cider or grape juice made?
The instructional part of the tour will take 1 to 1.5 hours. Please allow extra time if you plan to eat lunch or a snack. PLEASE let us know if you plan to eat lunch or a snack. We have picnic tables available and an on site bakery serving lunch and assorted baked goods. If you would like to place an order with the bakery, please call the week before your tour. See phone numbers below.
What you will take home:
Each student will receive an Indigo Farms Fall coloring book that reinforces the information presented during the tour. They will also take home a mini-pumpkin . Each one will have a sample of apple cider. Each class will take home a pumpkin for the class.
Price: Call for reservations 910-287-6402 or 843-399-6902 I suggest you email as well so we can confirm a few days prior to the tour.
The cost is $7.75 per person. We are required to collect sales tax beginning this year. This includes all parents and siblings over one year old. One teacher and assistant are free per class. Special ed. classes may qualify to have additional adults free.
If the weather is questionable please call to inquire about the weather here, or to reschedule. Should you cancel for any other reason it is important that you let us know a week in advance of our tour date.
We encourage you to car pool as we have limited parking. Please park behind the Farm Market. Park with your group. We like to keep groups together so that no one gets blocked in. Please try to be at the farm 5 - 10 minutes early. It usually takes that long to get everyone paid and ready to start. We want your tour to be relaxing and enjoyable, not rushed. If you arrive late your tour may be shortened.
FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: 910-287-6794 or 843-399-6902 and ask for tour reservations.
Other Activities for the Whole Family!
Pick Your Own: Pumpkins. Call for the days and hours our fields will be open.
Birthday Parties for all ages: By reservation only. Call for more information.
Night time hayrides and bonfires: By reservation only in October and November.
Pumpkin Patch Hayrides: Call for dates and times, October only.
Pick Your Own Pumpkins open on Saturday mornings in October .
Check out the night time hay rides as well.