Children's Farm Life Program
Hurd Orchards Children's Programs
Peter Rabbit Tea
One of our favorite events for little ones. Especially planned for toddlers through grade three, our day includes the reading of the Beatrix Potter favorite, a lunch from Mr. McGregor’s garden. We’ll plant seeds, rake and hoe, and spend time with Peter himself and at least one sister!
Strawberry Shortcake Children's Day
A charming beginning to summer! Come pick berries in old fashioned strawberry crates and have a short farming lesson. Cook up a delicious strawberry shortcake in our bakery and a pot of strawberry jam in our jam kitchen. Take a wildflower walk gathering the June meadow’s daisies for daisy chains and centerpieces and relax over a lovely lunch.
Bunnies and Blueberries
This program is Amelia’s idea and we are so excited! Explore with us the varied parts of our farm life - fruits and furry friends, the discoveries of the meadow, fresh eggs from our chickens and bread from the bakery. Did you know that our native Ladybug has not been seen in years? Make a ladybug wand and swish the meadow in discovery. Amelia will give a correct rabbit showmanship demonstration for anyone interested. Come discover the other treats we have in store!
County Fair Children's Day
Farmer Boy, the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s husband Almanzo, took place on a farm in Malone, New York. Just like Almanzo Wilder, come and enjoy this wonderful day on our farm. Gather fruits, make jam and prepare for the Fair! Judge pies and breads, bunnies and flowers, and specimens of fruits from the orchard and vegetables from the garden. Relax with a country farm lunch. Tickets to the Orleans County 4-H Fair (July 27-August 1, Albion, NY) are included for each participant.
Anne of Green Gables Day
Anne was a spirit who enjoyed the robust life of the countryside - from visions of cherry blossoms to blueberry pie. Anne’s spirit sings through this day as we explore, smell, touch, feel and taste the glories mother nature teases us with in August. We’ll collect and cook, read and draw, harvest and arrange...and enjoy high tea beneath the cherry trees!
Butterfly Garden Children's Day
As butterflies flutter by... during this delightful day we will investigate those who inhabit our farm world with us... catch a butterfly with a net, dig deep and watch the earthworms work. Have a great lunch, complete with beautiful butterfly cookies, make a butterfly bouquet and painting!
Sunflower Children's Day
August is a month of golden hue. Put on your straw hat and walk with us in our glorious sunflower fields. Learn about how we keep things watered in the hot summer sun. Make a painting of summer gardens on the farm and a bouquet of your favorite smiling sunflowers. Enjoy an old fashioned picnic in the orchard with corn on the cob...summer salad...freshly squeezed lemonade .... and other delicious, sunny, homespun treats!
Fall Farm Day
For Children of all Ages - Press cider, learn to pick apples, smell the apple butter cooking in the old kettle, peel and slice and bake… polish apples with our antique apple polisher and taste the herbs of the garden.
Youth Farm Learning Exploration - for ages 12-18 - A
special program from 2-4. A rare opportunity to get the behind the
scenes experience. See, taste, learn and make alongside our farm team!