Prices vary from $10-$30 per person depending on age and time of year.
Elementary Age and younger are $10 per person
Middle School through College are $15 per person
Professional and International Delegations are $30 per person
what you can expect
Our General Tour consists of all of the same activities as you find on our Elementary Age Tour page. We make sure to adapt your tour to meet the needs of your group in an age-appropriate way.
Your Guided General Tour will provide these opportunities:
- A walk through our Sustainable Garden
- A visit to our petting zoo
- Feeding greens to farm animals
- Visiting and grooming the horses
- Milking a cow
Professional visits and International delegations
Our professional tour provides in-depth information on our farming practices and allows extra time for questions and answers.
The price for this tour is $30 per visitor.
Sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals: environmental stewardship, farm profitability, and prosperous farming communities. It also refers to the ability of a farm to produce fertile soil and healthy livestock, without causing severe or irreversible damage to ecosystem health. Here are a couple of things you could learn from your tour at Amy's Farm:
- Learn two of the many possible practices of sustainable agriculture: crop rotation and soil amendment, both designed to ensure that crops being cultivated can obtain the necessary nutrients for healthy growth.
- Learn the process of vermiculture (growing worms) and nurturing healthy microbes in the soil.
- Learn about alternate sources of nitrogen such as recycling crop waste and livestock manure and growing legume crops and forages that form symbioses with nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia
- In some areas, sufficient rainfall is available for crop growth, but many other areas require irrigation. Learn about drip irrigation systems and how they conserve water.
- Learn the importance of supplying local markets. The way that crops are sold must be accounted for in the sustainability equation. Food sold locally requires little additional energy, aside from that necessary for cultivation, harvest, and transportation.
- Learn the benefits of a polyculture farm. Growing a mixture of crops (polyculture) helps reduce disease or pest problems. Cropping systems that include a variety of crops (polyculture and/or rotation) also replenish nitrogen and also use resources such as sunlight, water, or nutrients more efficiently.
- Learn the benefits of companion planting. When you plant different crops in close physical proximity, they assist each other in nutrient uptake, pest control, pollination, and other factors necessary to increasing crop productivity.
- Learn the importance of attracting beneficial insects such as pollinators and predatory insects.
- Learn about planting according to the seasons and seed saving techniques.
- Learn ways to practice sustainable animal husbandry. Some of the key tools to grazing management include fencing off the grazing area into smaller areas called paddocks, lowering stock density, and moving the stock between paddocks frequently. Raising animals and plants on the same farm creates a complete circle of life that allows greater sustainability.