Kelley Farm Kicks Off the Summer Season with Opening Weekend, Mother's Day and Farm Animals

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Release dated: 
April 10, 2013
Media contacts: 

Megan Lawson • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3141 • megan.lawson@mnhs.org

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Bob Quist • Oliver H. Kelley Farm • 763-441-6896 • bob.quist@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Place: Oliver H. Kelley Farm
Address: 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River MN 55330
Phone: 763-441-6896
Email: kelleyfarm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

Kelley Farm Kicks Off the Summer Season with Opening Weekend, Mother's Day and Farm Animals

The Kelley Farm is open for the summer season from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.; and Memorial Day and Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The farm is also open on weekends in May and September.

What: Opening Weekend
When: Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

kid with lamb

Spring is fast approaching, and that means that opening weekend at the Oliver H. Kelley Farm is as well. Visitors are invited to ring in the new season by seeing which baby animals were born, cooking up the remainders of the root cellar, planting new crops and exploring trails by foot or horse drawn trolley.

What: Mother's Day Weekend
When: Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; mothers admitted free when accompanied by a child.

Mohter's day

Oliver H. Kelley farm is the perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day weekend. Children, parents and grandparents are encouraged to visit the farm to see the baby animals, harvest the season's first greens and plant seeds in the garden. Mothers accompanied by a child will be admitted free.

What: Farm Animal Weekend
When: Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MHS members.

spring lambs

With spring planting just about completed, the Kelley farmers turn their attention to the livestock. June means time to shear the sheep. Experience the challenges of hand-sheering or helping to get the sheep out of their "winter coats." Toby and Coulter, the farm’s oxen, will be finishing up field work. Meet the spring newborns and discover how farm animals were used long ago and the different ways they are used today. Take time to explore the nature trails.

About the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Oliver H. Kelley and his wife Lucy began farming the land on the banks of the Mississippi River in 1850. Kelley was the founder of the first successful national farming organization, the Patrons of Husbandry, better known as the Grange. The Kelley Farm is recognized as “The birthplace of organized agriculture in America.”

The working 1860s farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., 2.5 miles southeast of downtown Elk River on U.S. Hwy. 10. It is a National Historic Landmark operated by the Minnesota Historical Society. For more information call 763-441-6896.

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