PALOUSE

PRAIRIE

FARMS

Events

Come visit and see how we raise our meat, manage our land and care for our animals!

We're excited to offer for the first time this season a series of classes focused on producing food on the farm.  All too often kids don't have an opportunity to see farm animals and learn where their food comes from first hand.  Each class will involve interactive learning activities which include music and movement, literature, and art focused on the topic of the week.  

 

Join us on a tour of our farm this summer while the grass is growing and the weather is warm!  We'll walk the pasture to discuss our land and animal management practices.  We'll see the animals up close and you'll have a chance to watch how we move them through our fields to fresh grass regularly.  This is an opportunity to ask questions and see with your own eyes how we raise our meat.  Afterward we will feast on a Hog Roast Dinner with all local meat and produce, including Sticky Fingers Ice Cream for dessert while we list to the Palouse City String Band and socialize.  We'll roast one of our heritage pastured pigs on a spit.  

 

Music by the Palouse City String Band:  The Palouse City String Band plays Old-Time Music including hoedowns, reels, waltzes and jigs, along with some Canadian tunes and old style swing tunes.  Jim Roberts on guitar, Whitey Eagen on mandolin and Sue Akin on the fiddle, all from Palouse Washington, make up the membership of the band.  

 

Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014

Time: Tour starts at 4pm, Hog Roast Dinner to follow.

Fee: $15 per person, $5 per child, children 2 and under free.

Reservations required.  Contact Jen at jen@palouseprairiefarms.com or

208-835-4246.

 

Dates/Times: All classes will be hosted on Wednesdays in late June and early July 2014 from 10-11:30 am at our farm.  See individual class below for specific dates.

Class Topics:

Chickens- Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bees- Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pigs- Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cows- Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Native Plants & Trees: A Walk in the Woods- Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Age: Classes are focused on children ages 3-6 years old, but all children are welcome to participate.  Parent or guardian must accommodate child during class.

Class Fee: $10 per child, per class.  Class size is limited to 15 children.

Registration: Advance registration required.  Contact Jen at jen@palouseprairiefarms.com or 208-835-4246 to sign up.

Instructor: Jen Elliott has a background in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, as well as teaching in many forms of non-formal education over the last 20+ years.  Jen has been farming and ranching since 2006 on her own farm, with her husband Chance Chacon, which has been built with their own hands from scratch.  Jen has a passion for producing high quality food and would like to pass this valuable knowledge on to our youth.  In a fun and informative way, these classes are an effort to share how our animals are raised, why eating quality food is essential and how our food choices play a role in our health over a lifetime.  She's excited to be able to bring these ideas to young children (and their parents)  who can use this important information as building blocks for a healthier lifestyle. 

Come learn about native Palouse Prairie plants at our farm on Saturday, May 31 from  10-12am.  We will have a discussion about native plants to the Palouse, including wetland, upland, forbs (flowers) and timber species.  We'll also discuss issues with disappearing native pollinators, the role they play in our ecosystem and how we can create habitat to foster their survival.  We will walk established planted areas on our property to see some mature plantings, as well as look at some recently planted seedlings to learn about the best ways to help your new seedlings to survive and thrive on their own.  

 

Annually we plant over 3,000 native plants on our property in an effort to rehabilitate our land back to its natural habitat.  This workshop will be a general overview for the novice to learn more about native landscaping and how you might incorporate native plants on your own property.  Info on where to purchase locally grown natives will be provided.  

 

You'll have a chance to join us afterward to do some spring planting of native forbs for pollinators, if you are interested.  Appropriate for all ages, kids accompanied by an adult.  No cost.  Bring a lunch to enjoy at the farm afterward.  Please register in advance for planning purposes.  Contact Jen at jen@palouseprairiefarms.com or 208-835-4246.

2012 Farm Tour and Dinner Participants

Above: Prairie Smoke w/native bee

Left: Blanketflower

Right: Sticky Geranium

Head chicken wranglers, Ella Mae and Sam

Heritage Ohio Buckeye getting some love.