Information for Visiting Groups

This page contains information for groups who have already registered for a field trip to the Youth Farm. If you are interested in a field trip, but have not yet signed up, you can register here.

What to Expect

During your visit, you can expect your students to have the opportunity to experience many different facets of organic vegetable farming. As on any farm, activities change depending on the season, but we try our best to give students a balanced experience that meets your groups goals. By involving students in all of our farm chores and activities, we hope to provide a truly hands-on, working farm experience – while having fun, of course! 

If you have any questions prior to your field trip, please feel free to contact our Farm Manager, Jennica Skoug at 608-957-4406. 

What to wear

Please stress proper dress for your students and chaperones. Layers of clothing will help students adjust to changing temperatures. If possible, wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. We recommend tennis shoes. Check the forecast prior to your trip in order to better advise your students on proper dress.

What to bring

  • If possible, students should bring their own water bottles to the Youth Farm. We have plenty of water for refills, as well as extra drinking cups for any students without water bottles.
  • We encourage group leaders to provide students with simple name tags (masking tape and sharpies work great) - this helps our staff give more precise directions out in the field. We are also happy to provide name tags at the beginning of the trip if this is easier for you.

Weather

We farm in the sun or rain!  It is a good idea to check the forecast the day before your trip so you can advise your students to bring sunscreen or a rain jacket – or both! Please be aware that rain may cause some of our planned activities to change - for example, we are not able to plant seeds or open our bee hives in wet weather, and will arrange for students to enjoy a different activity on the farm. While we don’t mind rain, we do not program in severe weather, such as thunderstorms. If severe weather occurs during the majority of your program, we will work with you to reschedule. Please call Jennica at 608-957-4406 the morning of your program if you have weather related concerns. 

Cancellations

Please give us at least one week notice for any non-weather related cancellations.  Please be prepared to pay for sessions cancelled within less than one week notice.

Amenities

We do have potable water to fill water bottles at the farm, and a single potta-porty a few hundred yards away. While these resources are always available, we recommend that students get a drink and visit the restroom before arriving in order to get the most out of their time at the farm. 

Directions

Youth Farm Address: 5017 Sudbury Way, Madison, WI 53714

Please note that the Youth Farm is located on land near Kennedy Elementary on Madison's east side - not at Troy Gardens

From downtown Madison: Take E. Washington Ave/151 north, toward Sun Prairie. Turn right (east) on Milwaukee Ave. Continue on Milwaukee Ave about one mile past Highway 51. Turn right on Lamplighter Way. You will see the green Goodman Youth Farm sign as the road curves left onto Sudbury Way. Parking is on the street. 

 


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