Farm / Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm
Farm Type: Agri-tourism, Market Garden, Corn Maze, Garden Centre
TownSturgeon County / Bon Accord
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Free Open Farm Days Admission Includes:
- Free Adventure Farm Entry at 2 Farms – Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm plus the Prairie Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze location
Prairie Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze Location Free Entry includes:
- Every Child Matters Mega Corn Maze (takes about 30 minutes)
- Tractor and Hayride Tour Around the Pumpkin Farm
- Potato Digging & U-pick Veggies, (Cucumbers, Zucchini, Beans \)Garden (pay for what U-Pick – $15/4L10
- Garlic Lovers Harvest Tours* (10 varieties of Hardy Purple, Russian and Hardneck Garlic to pick and braid We’ll teach you how! ($15/lb) (run hourly on the 1/2 hour > 11:30, 12:30, 1:30 etc.) *Tour is free. Picking Garlic to take home is extra
- Turtle Island Forest Conservation Tours (extra fee applies)
Prairie Gardens’ Agritourism Location:
- Kids Corn and Sunflower Mazes (takes about 5 minutes)
- Bale Maze & Dragon Bale Maze
- Farm Animals (Viewing)
- Bunnyville Rabbit Range
- Farm Garden U-pick Tours (Kale, Swiss Chard, Potatoes, Beans, Peas, Heirloom Tomatoes) pay for what you pick $15/4L mixed)
- Trackless Train Rides (extra fee $5 per person)
- Holly’s Face Painting (extra fee of $5 per person)
- Lost Lemon Gem Mine (extra fee $5 – $15 per pail of paydirt)
- Farm Lunch and Woodfired Pizza
- Farm Dinner – Woodfired Artisanal Pizza
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm is a heritage farm – first established as a tree nursery in 1956. Farmer Tam and her daughter Laurel have been sharing their farm stories and knowledge of growing fruit trees and having fun on the farm since 1984. In the past few years, they have been busy planting apple, cherry and plum orchards, featuring antique apple varieties.
This rustic farm is a leader in sustainable rural farm life, repurposing farm granaries and vintage trucks into photo ops, and growing over 25 acres of pumpkins, vegetables for U-pick. You can dive deeper with a Farm Animal Encounter pass ($5), or a Lost Lemon Gem Mine experience $5-$20), or a Trackless Train Ride around the farm ($5).
Donations for Every Child Matters are appreciated at the Every Child Matters Teepee.
New this season, at our 2nd farm location (Prairie Gardens Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, with a 40 acre forest 2 km north on Lily Lake Road will be open to learn about the forest and medicinal plants, and how we are learning about reconciliation through our work on the Turtle Island Conservation project.
Purchase a special pass to participate in our Turtle Island Conservation Program: $25 per person. This program respectfully shares the hopes and goals of our Aboriginal, Cree and First Nation partners in our commitment to the preservation of sustainable biodiversity. Prairie Gardens’ works in partnership within our Treaty Six First Nation community to preserve community knowledge and our natural parkland boreal forest area on the farm.
The objectives of our Turtle Island Conservation program are provided under the guidance and wisdom of our Elder, Chief Standing Bear.
-To foster respect for self, community, Mother Earth, and the Creator
-To recognize and share natural landscapes valued by First Nation communities
-To integrate traditional ways of knowing with western science to monitor, protect, respect natural landscapes
-To integrate language, art and crafts to sustain traditional ways of knowing and among non-Aboriginals
-To facilitate understanding of diversity of First Nation culture and ways of knowing among non-Aboriginals.
As part of the program, learn about the teachings shared by Knowledge Keeper, Elder Chief Standing Bear (Prairie Gardens’ Resident Elder), orange shirt day and why it matters. Learn how to forage wild mint, go on a farm and medicinal plant walk to learn a few new species.
While we’re in the field we’ll learn about growing, harvesting and braiding garlic, and the three sisters of the garden – pumpkins, corn and beans. You’ll also learn about sacred plants and the medicine wheel teachings for wild raspberry, stinging nettle, sweet grass, and sage, how to harvest and preserve these plants for use and future generations.
Head back to Prairie Gardens for a country lunch- Smoked Brisket on a Bun, BBQ RGE RD Smoked Elk Sausages, Roasted Dilly Garlic Potatoes, and our famous Bumbleberry Shortcake, and Cowboy Cookies.
New this season! Enjoy a made to order Wood Fired Pizza hot from the oven, that showcases our own heirloom tomatoes and farm produce – we have lovely shady spots with private picnic tables at our campfire sites! $15 Lg $5 Small
If you are in a hurry, preorder a mini Farm Charcuterie “To Go” or To Stay to enjoy as a mini picnic. You can pick it up at Art of Charcuterie’s on-site booth and learn about the fine art of creating exquisite charcuteries from owner, Dianna Harris! $15