By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
Baldwin Farms starts its fall season today, and the owner has added some new features this year that will help children learn more about agriculture.
Many preschool and elementary teachers bring their students to the farm throughout the fall for field trips. Margery Baldwin said the No.1 request from the teachers is to have more educational activities at the farm.
Baldwin said she has added a series of 20 question-and-answer signs throughout the corn maze.
“We have made an effort to teach (the children) about seeds, rabbits, chickens, cows and other farming topics,” Baldwin said.
Regular visitors to the farm also can fill out the trivia form, and submit it to the farm as they leave. On Oct. 31, a drawing will be conducted from the questionnaires and the first-place winner will win a Christmas tree, and second and third places will receive baskets with honey, salsa, jam and other products sold at the farm.
The farm is at 1113 Tates Creek Road outside Richmond. It is open 11 to 7 p.m. every day, and the fall season runs through Oct. 31.
On the weekends, the farm will have pony rides for $3. The corn maze also is $3, but Baldwin said a 50-cents off coupon is available to print on the business’ website, www.baldwinfarmsky.com.
The farm itself is free to visit, and many activities also are free, including the hay maze, petting zoo, dirt mountain and pumpkin tunnel. And of course, the highlight of the season is the big pumpkin patch. Pumpkins are 40 cents a pound.
“Fall is a great time to get out with your family and make a memory,” Baldwin said.
The farm also sells a variety of foods, including honey apple salsa, honey, jams and vegetables, Baldwin said.
The owner said there are still field trip slots open for schools and church groups. The farm’s picnic shelter also can be rented for birthday parties and other celebrations. For more information, call 582-5785.
Sarah Hogsed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6694.