May Brings Baby Animals and Spring Planting to the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

For immediate release

Release dated: 
March 26, 2014
Media contacts: 

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
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children ages 6-17; free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.
Phone: 763-441-6896
Email: kelley.farm@mnhs.org
Website: http://www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

May Brings Baby Animals and Spring Planting to the Oliver H. Kelley Farm

Celebrate the arrival of spring by participating in family activities at the Kelley Farm during opening weekend and Mother's Day events. May hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the site will be open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Opening WeekendSpring lambs
Date: Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4
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 6-17; free for children under 5 and MNHS members.

Spring is on the way and the Kelley Farm is starting to come alive. Visit opening weekend to see this year's baby animals, help with the early spring planting in the garden and fields, cook up the last of the root cellar produce, and travel the nature trails by foot or on the horse-drawn trolley.

Mother's Day Weekend
Date: Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. SundaySpring flowers
Cost: $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children 6-17; free for children under 5 and MNHS members.

Explore the Kelley Farm as it springs to life Mother's Day weekend. Help plant seeds in the garden, harvest the first greens and meet the new baby animals as they try out their young legs. Mothers are admitted free when accompanied by a child. Parents, children and grandparents are encouraged to enjoy this event together.

About Oliver 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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