Owens Farm Tours (UPDATED)

Outdoor Adventure

March 23, 2020 to October 4, 2020

Owens Farm

How does the border collie know where you want the sheep?
What keeps the piglets from escaping under the fence?
How can you tell what mood the bees are in?
       
    
These are some of the great questions that come up when people visit our sustainable livestock farm.
 
We offer 2 types of tours at the farm--Private Tours for groups of 10 or more and pre-scheduled themed tours.

 

For groups of 10 or more, follow this link about private tours.

 

Or sign up for one of the following pre-scheduled, themed tours.

LAMB CUDDLE TOUR  (CANCELLED FOR 2020)
Saturday, April 4, 3:00 pm

Meet the 200ish new lambs of 2020 and learn how we keep the flock healthy, happy, and reasonably organized at this critical time of year. There will be photo opps galore!

Fee: $8 per person (pre-registration required)   JUMP TO REGISTRATION PAGE

 

BABY ANIMAL TOUR   (CANCELLED FOR 2020)
Saturday, April 25  10:00 am or 3:00 pm

The name says it all! By mid-April, the lambs and piglets have been born, and chicks are peeping in the brooder,   Honeybees are active again, and the horses are shedding their shaggy winter coats. Spring is truly the season of renewal, and a lovely time to visit a farm. 

Fee $8 per person (pre-registration required)  JUMP TO REGISTRATION PAGE
 

INTRO TO BEEKEEPING & HONEY
Sunday June 28   3:00 to 5:00 pm

Curious about bees? Thinking about keeping a hive or two but wish you could try it out first? Learn how to get started and the basics of equipment, managing hive health, and honey production. Inspect a hive and queen close-up. Taste samples of seasonal honey. See forage plots planted as nectar sources as well as cover crops. This is hands-on and veils are provided.  2-hour program. 

Your host Dave Owens has been raising honeybees for 19 years, and manages a dozen hives following organic principles.  He is an active member of Beekeepers of the Susquehanna Valley. 

Fee: $15 per person. 
(pre-registration required, and limit of 12)
   JUMP TO REGISTRATION PAGE

 

TWILIGHT TOUR
Friday, August 7    5:00 to 7:00 pm

After resting quietly in the heat of the day, the animals get a burst of energy in the evening.  We'll check in on all the critters, and bring the sheep up close with the border collie.  If you came to the spring tours, you'll be surprised how big those babies have become.   

Fee:  $8 (pre-registration required)   JUMP TO REGISTRATION PAGE


FALL SHEEP GATHERING

Sunday Oct. 4     2:00 pm.

Fall is the season to bring in the sheep for sorting into various groups to sell, keep, or breed. The border collies are essential for gathering the flock and herding them down to the handling system,  a brilliantly engineered system of chutes, pens, and gates. We'll also check in with the other animals like the
‘piglets’, all grown up now, the fall chickens, and the turkeys.

Fee: $8 (pre-registration required)  JUMP TO REGISTRATION PAGE

 

Note: All tours go rain or shine, and do require walking because the animals live out on pasture.

Feel free to email us if you have questions not addressed above. 

Sincerely,
Caroline and David Owens

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