Deer Hollow Farm, the educational center in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, has scheduled spring farm tours for children and families 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24 and April 28 to demonstrate how homestead farming was practiced more than 150 years ago.
Friends of Deer Hollow Farm, a nonprofit group of supporters, has hosted spring tours annually since 1992, according to Elizabeth Montgomery, the farm’s public event media outreach manager.
During spring tours, guests can visit the animals in their pens and see the farm’s newborn lambs and kids, as well as its resident cows, Luna and her offspring Roxie. Tour-goers can pet the rabbits and chickens or sit by the pond to watch the ducks and geese. They can learn first-hand where milk comes from through the farm’s cow and goat milk demonstrations.
Trained volunteer docents will be on hand to share information and answer questions.
Other activities will include strolling through the grounds, touring the century-old farm buildings and exploring the bounty of the garden. Additional hands-on learning opportunities will be available in the farm’s Nature Center, which features exhibits on local wildlife, including a stuffed mountain lion, buck, coyote, fox, bobcat and birds of prey.
A Friends of Deer Hollow Farm merchandise booth will be stocked with T-shirts, mugs and water bottles.
Tickets are $7 per person for ages 1 and up, free for babies under 1. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Credit cards are accepted. The farm can accommodate 350-550 visitors per tour and doesn’t put a cap on ticket sales, Montgomery said.
All proceeds from the tours will support the farm’s animal fund – primarily spent on feed, as farm staff members are all volunteers, according to Montgomery.
For more informatiom, visit deerhollowfarmfriends.org/events/farm-tours.