Parents, have you ever wished for an innovative way to teach your children about how food goes from the farm to your table? If you have, you may want to consider taking your family on a guided farm tour.
Nowadays, with the increasing popularity of agri-tourism initiatives, finding a working farm to tour is getting a bit easier. However, some farm tours are better than others so it is best to do your homework before booking a tour.
One of the Kansas dairy farms in the West Clearwater area that is offering a good quality farm tour is “Klausmeyer Dairy Farm.”
What follows is a brief overview on the “Klausmeyer Dairy Farm” tour along with information on where parents and teachers can find some free, supplementary materials to add to the children’s farm tour experience.
Brief Description of the Farm Tour
The 90 minute guided tour at “Klausmeyer Dairy Farm” is inclusive of opportunities to bottle feed baby calves, hand feed chickens and turkeys, as well as learn about how a dairy farm operates.
During the fall months the tour may also include participation in pig races, a hay rack ride and a pumpkin patch visit.
Other Farm Activities
In addition to the guided farm tour, the grounds of “Klausmeyer Dairy Farm” feature a playground, picnic and restroom facilities.
Tips for Teachers and Parents
Since a big part of “Klausmeyer Dairy Farm’s” mission is to educate the public about cows, dairy farming and how food gets from the farm to the table, the staff has made available a series of free, educational downloads on the farm’s website.
Geared towards those from Kindergarten through high school, the age appropriate downloads make for superlative supplements to both the farm tour and agriculture based lesson plans in general.
As of 2010 tours of the “Klausmeyer Dairy Farm” are given by appointment and vary in price based on tour components. The $5 farm tour price includes the guided tour and a snack whereas the $7 farm tour includes the guided tour, snack and a take-home pumpkin.
Those would-be visitors that would like to learn more about things to see and do in and around the West Clearwater, Kansas area should log onto the “Clearwater Chamber of Commerce” website.
Klausmeyer Dairy Farms
8135 South 119th Street
West Clearwater, KS 67026