Farm Friends Barn Photos
Young people are becoming more removed from where their food originates. School-age children do not have a proficient understanding of how the food system works and the types of agricultural commodities raised in the local area. In addition, young people need to be educated on healthy food choices, many of these foods being grown locally. In collaboration with local agricultural and conservation organizations, we are building a Farm Friends Barn exhibit in Becker, MN.
Farm Friends Barn
PO Box 675
10782 27th Ave SE
Becker, MN 55308
January 27th, 2020 3:00 pm
Sherburne Public Works
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Farm Friends Barn will be an agricultural education exhibit for kids. Children become farm hands at this hands-on exhibit as they experience the agricultural process beginning at the farm and ending at the market.
Farm Friends and their families get their work aprons and fire up their imaginations to help with the farm chores, collect goods to sell at the farmer's market, and then spend their "earnings" at the grocery store.
This mock agricultural adventure will consist of a series of livestock barns, a grain bin, a tractor dealer, garden plots, an apple orchard, and a farmers market. The experienced staff directs and explains what happens to food from a starting point to the step in the process at the grocery store.
Each station provides hands-on tasks related to planting crops and the tending of animals. For example, at the chicken coop, the Farm Friends will feed the chicken grain they "harvested" and then collect the eggs. At the dairy barn children milk a cow and at the tractor shed they drive peddle tractors with wagons to haul the hay for the animals. After the children have gone through each of the miniature barns and collected their products they "sell" them at the farmer's market for "cash" to be used at the retail grocery store where they have the opportunity to "buy" a finished product.
Additional stations will address agricultural related concerns; such as ground water quality and quantity, soil erosion, etc.
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Click on the KARE11 image above to watch the Farm Friends Barn interview.
Pictures of barn moving day 9/25/19
Site Prep Work Completed!!!
SITE PREP COMPLETED
FIRST BLOCK WAS SET
CEMENT POURED AND READY FOR BLOCKS
ALL DONE READY FOR THE BARN!!!!
In 2018 Northern Metal purchased land that the University of Minnesota Extension Research Farm owned. Northern Metal donated the barn that was onsite to Farm Friends Barn. As a board we decided it would be a great addition to our vision to the Farm Friends Barn. We would be able to show past farm life and also have our new barn built to show present farm life. This barn also has great ties to Sherburne county. We plan to showcase the past owners of the barn. We are currently raising funds for both barns. Please contact the Farm Friends Barn board if you have any further questions. We plan to post updates on our website and Facebook.