Oliver Kelley Farm

Experience the story of farming and food at the new and improved Kelley Farm. Expanded and enhanced facilities have been added to the original 1860s farm, so students can learn and experience the broader story of Minnesota's agriculture — past and present.

New Kelley Farm additions this year:

  • Three new classrooms
  • Interactive outdoor exhibits
  • Farm Lab Garden
  • Farm Lab Barn
  • Larger lunchroom facilities
  • Hands-on Learning Kitchen



Academic Standards: 

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Classroom Materials: 

Introduce your students to Forests, Fields and the Falls, an exciting online graphic novel that explores Minnesota's early industries of farming, milling, and logging.

Field Trip Options

What is a Farm?

This multi-sensory program gives students a chance to explore a real working farm. Discover first-hand what farmers do, where food comes from and why animals live on a farm.

Grades: Pre-K, K
Cost: $6 per student

1860s Farm: Then and Now

Discover what life was like on an 1860s farm and compare it to life today. Through a variety of farm and domestic chores, students learn how each family member contributed to the farm's success then and now.

Grades: 1, 2, 3
Cost: $6 per student

Agriculture is Everywhere (Available spring 2017)

Discover the myriad ways that agriculture touches all aspects of our lives. Students examine plants, animals and food produced in Minnesota as they map out the evolution of farms. 

Grades: 3, 4
Cost: $6 per student

Farm Animals in the Making of Minnesota

Animals played an integral role in early Minnesota agriculture. Students discover how animals provided labor, food, by-products and income for farm families in the past, and continue to do so today.

Grades: 3, 4
Cost: $6 per student

Farming in the Changing Community

Students explore the dramatic changes that took place in mid-19th century agriculture as they work in the historic 1860s house, fields and farmyard. Discover how small towns and larger communities were tied to farms, and how changes in livestock breeds, crop varieties, farm technology and advocacy affected community growth and success.

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $6 per student

Northern Lights - Growing Minnesota (Available spring 2017)

This curriculum-based program focuses on chapters 10-20 of the Northern Lights textbook, and uses the thread of agriculture in Minnesota to explore technology, the environment, and society as it has changed over time. This is a unique multi-disciplinary discovery experience for your entire 6th grade team. 

Grades: 6
Cost: $6 per student

Farm to You (Available spring 2017)

Agriculture plays a role in every aspect of our daily lives; from basics like food, clothing and shelter to more complex elements such as health care, transportation and entertainment. Students learn that a career in agriculture can mean much more than farming. 

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $6 per student

Minnesota Feeds the World (Available spring 2017)

By 2050 it is projected that there will be at least 9 billion people on earth. What role will Minnesota take in helping to make sure there is enough food? Through critical thinking and collaboration, students explore possible solutions to real-world problems related to feeding the world. 

Grades: 6, 7, 8
Cost: $6 per student

Minnesota's Civil War Farms

Students discover the impact of the civil war on farm families, from how Minnesota farms supported the war effort to learning about ways families stayed in contact with their soldier relatives.

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $6 per student