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.


  • 20 Minute Introduction to the Farm Map and Permaculture Water Conservation Design Principles at an age appropriate level.
  • Jump on the wagon to start chores.
  • Observe how peeps are raised in the brooder.
  • Learn how compost is made and used on the farm.
  • Feel the weight of a broiler vs a layer hen and discuss why the difference.
  • Inspect the grain and learn about the organic variety.
  • Learn how the ducks move from area to area. Help collect duck eggs or chicken eggs.

Trip 2: Farms Start New Life!

  • Learn the parts of a seed.
  • Learn how a swale gives a plant all it needs to be great!
  • Plant a seed in a swale.
  • Plant a seed in a seed pod to take home.
  • Learn about germination, stems, flowers and growth.
  • Jump on the wagon to start chores and greet the animals.

Trip 3: Forest Tour

  • Take a hayride across the stream and out to the forest.
  • Identify animal tracks.
  • Witness how the pigs clean up the underbrush.
  • Identify animal habitats (foxes and beavers when cooperating)
  • Visit the Food Forest and learn the names of the trees and why they are planted.
  • Jump on the wagon to start chores and greet the animals.

Trip 4: Clean the Stream

  • Take a hayride to the beach section of the stream.
  • Use nets to pull tiny creatures and critters out of the stream.
  • Learn the life cycle of the amphibians.
  • Figure out where the critter fits in the food chain.
  • Please wear water shoes or other shoes that can get wet.
  • Jump on the wagon to start chores and greet the animals.

Trip 5: Cruddy Worms!

  • 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.
  • We will examine worms and talk about how their body parts work to help composting.
  • Jump on the wagon to start chores and greet the animals.

Trip 6: Pizza Harvest:

  • Grind wheat berries using a wheat grinder.
  • Grind tomatoes to make pizza sauce.
  • Show how cow milk is used to make mozzarella cheese.
  • Make a non-edible mini-pizza.

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