Education is Our Passion! Reserve A Field Trip at 410-849-4313

Our passion is programs that educate children on the intersection of farming and the environment in a fun, informal hands-on atmosphere that supplements the classroom curriculum.Mary’s Land Farm is a 160 acre working farm located in Howard County three miles from the intersection of Route 108 and Route 32. The farm is based on a permaculture method of farming which is healthy for the environment, employees and visitors. Most importantly, we produce healthy, organic produce and meat products. On the farm we raise layer chickens, layer ducks, meat chickens (broilers), Katahdin sheep, Red Devon beef, pastured pigs, ponies, and rare and shy unicorns. We have installed three miles of swales and berms to keep rainwater on the property and to avoid runoff into our stream, which flows into the Patuxent. We offer field trips to schools, daycare programs, after school programs, scout groups, homeschoolers, and families up and down the East Coast. Our educational programs are catered to the requirements of the age group visiting the farm. We look forward to aiding what’s taught in the classroom and can build a custom field trip to compliment your curriculum. With each field trip, we provide material that can be used in the classroom before or after the trip.

Every field trip includes:

  • Useyerfoot Hand Washing Station with Soapy and Clean Rinse Water.
  • Portable toilet.
  • Covered picnic area.
  • Ability to take home a pumpkin in late September and October.

Admission Fee (2 Hour Field Trip)

  • $10 per person.
  • Minimum group size is 20. We can work to combine your smaller group with another group if you call us.
  • We can lengthen or shorten the time of the experience per request.

You are welcome any time of year for our tours and field trips.

Trip 1: BE A FARMER

  • Short Introduction to the Farm Map, Permaculture Water Conservation Design at an age appropriate level. We will discuss the water cycle and life cycle of living things.
  • Jump on the wagon to start chores.
  • During the wagon ride there will be opportunities to observe natural habitat on our organic farm. For example, how tall grasses aid bird and butterflies populations on the farm.
  • Visit the turkeys. Inspect the organic, soy-free grain and feed the turkeys. Learn how turkeys are raised in the woods.
  • Drive up to the layer hens. Hold and Inspect a Healthy Layer Hen. Learn about the components of an egg.
  • See cattle and sheep grazing naturally. Ducks in pond.
  • Meet the millions of worms that handle the compost operation on our farm. The class is welcome to bring compostable food scraps for the worms to eat. We will explain the entire cycle of compost production, from food scraps to the final product used on our fields.

Trip 2: Farms Start New Life!

  • Short Introduction to the Farm Map, Permaculture Water Conservation Design at an age appropriate level. We will discuss the water cycle and life cycle of living things.
  • Learn the parts of a seed.
  • Learn about healthy soil and how good soil makes strong plants.
  • Learn about germination, stems, flowers, and growth.
  • Plant a seed in a seed pod to take home.
  • Meet the millions of worms that handle the compost operation on our farm. The class is welcome to bring compostable food scraps for the worms to eat. We will explain the entire cycle of compost production, from food scraps to the final product used on our fields.
  • Jump on the wagon to start chores and greet the animals.

To Register a Field Trip or ask questions:

 

Please print out and circulate this checklist for the field trip.