Gale Woods Farm

It was a cold, blustery day, but it was the day we were going to the farm.
Gale Woods Farm that is.

Gale Woods Farm is located in Minnetrista off of County Road 110 about 10 miles west of Wayzata.  Getting to the farm takes a while though as County Road 110 is a meandering pathway along the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka.  
However, on this gray fall day, the drive was gorgeous with the last colors stubbornly hanging onto the branches contrasting the dark puffy clouds.  The farm is a beautiful park with groomed trails through the pasturelands.  You are free to come, wander around, and enjoy the beauty of the land.
Gale Woods Farm is a part of the Three Rivers Park District. What makes Gale Woods Farm unique is that it is an educational farm.  A sustainable farm.  While it’s not a huge farm, it is a working farm.  While you are free to enjoy the park grounds at no cost, to be able to learn about the workings of the farm, you must schedule a group tour or attend a public program: both of which happen frequently and most often have a cost associated with them.
What will you find at Gale Woods Farm?
Chickens.  Lots of chickens and eggs.

And because they have lots of different chickens laying lots of eggs, you will also find baby chicks.  It’s all very hands on.  Touching the baby chick.

Entering the chicken coop!

They also have sheep at the farm.  We attended the Celebrate the Harvest Weekend and they were having demonstrations of sheep shearing.  This fascinated my Princess Pea.  I had to pry her away!

This picture makes me think, “And the sheep were led to slaughter….”  But actually, they were being sheared on the first cold day in October.

I believe the farm also has cows because we walked through a milking station/classroom.  However, we didn’t see any cows while we were there on this particular day.

Because we were attending their fall celebrations, the farm had many schedule activities. One of them was a Fiber Arts Fair where we met a French Angora Rabbit and learned all about how to harvest angora wool.  Apparently, angora fiber is the softest fiber anywhere.  But then, she could have been a bit biased.

Another special activity was Llama Demonstrations.  This is not typically a part of Gale Woods, but because of the Harvest Celebration, this was a unique experience we were able to have.  We led a llama.  This here is Chocolate Chip.  Wordgirl, walked her out, and Dash walked her back.  And I walked next to him.  I was walking with a llama! (made me think of Carl on Jimmy Neutron)

This is a part of the farm: the Hay Maze.  However, I must say, it wasn’t so much a maze as a fun playing-on-the-farm introduction for non-farm kids to have:  running across the top of the bales hoping not to fall off.

This is the Teaching Garden.  Here is the classroom.

And here is the garden.

Because of the Celebrate the Harvest, we were able to enjoy making a wool necklace, knitting demonstrations, watching chef demonstrations, listening to musical performances, and baking demonstrations in brick ovens.  They also had a special play room set up for the youngest farmers with toy tractors, farm animal puppets, interactive quizzes, and books.

If we had had the time and the wintergear to keep us warm, we could have headed on up to the Sheepdog Herding Trials in the upper field by taking a wagon ride.

With a farm store available to purchase meats, produce, gifts, books, and fibers/crafts, you are sure to find a local treasure.  The farm offers tours, programs, and classes.  They offer CSA shares as well.

The park’s hours are 5:00 am-10:00 pm, and the education center hours are 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Sundays 12:00 pm-5:00 pm.  Gale Woods Farms activities are extensive and fascinating.  You can go here to get more information about upcoming events.

Gale Woods Farm is an amazing experience for city kids, suburban kids, and even country kids.  It’s important for us to understand the importance of farms and their role in our lives and how to live balanced by taking care of the earth and taking care of each other.


About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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