Farm at the Arb

Visit the historic Red Barn, discover the past, present and future of agriculture, explore Minnesota farm crops, and get tips on growing your own fruits and vegetables!

3210 W 82nd St, Chanhassen, MN 55317

Overview

Overview

For decades, visitors have admired from afar the historic red barn on the eastern edge of the Arboretum. This well-loved landmark is celebrating a rebirth as it enters its second century. Careful renovations will soon be complete and it will become the focal point for an exciting new food growing campus. Whether you take Farm’s Northern Grains Walk through plots of major Minnesota crops or explore its demonstration area of fruit and vegetables to try at home, interactive interpretive displays will prime your curiosity and set the stage for intriguing conversations about food production, the people who grow our food, and the enduring value of the land. 

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Features

Features

Open Now

1) Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

Watch the honey bee hives in action and explore the interactive exhibit hall.

2) Garden for Pollinators

Observe gardens buzzing with activity from butterflies, hungry bees and other pollinators (May - October).

 

Coming in September 2019

farm at the arb

3) Northern Grains Walk

Stroll through today’s agricultural crops such as soybeans, wheat, corn, oats, barley, rye and sunflowers. Check out potential crops of the future such as Kernza®, perennial flax, perennial sunflower and camelina. Visit each of the stop-and-learn interactive stations along the way.

4) Red Barn

Visit the iconic red barn! Carefully restored to preserve its history and beauty, interior banners celebrate the legacy of 30 varieties of northern fruits and grains developed by the University of Minnesota.

5) Vegetable Gardens

Visit a garden for growing vegetables on a homeowner or urban agriculture scale. Learn helpful tips on how to maximize vegetable production per square yard anywhere you want to grow.

6) Fruitful Way

Explore fruits that can thrive in your Minnesota yard or community garden such as apricots, plums, apples, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and currants! See plantings of hardy perennials that feed pollinators essential to these fruit crops.

7) Garden Gallery

This exhibit garden will serve as a rotating stage to showcase diverse crops and growing practices, envisioned and managed by a different Guest Curator each season.

8) Gathering Lawns

Enjoy the pastoral vistas from these two green oval “lawns” below the Red Barn. A great place for on-the-grass picnics, events, or community gatherings.

9) Summer Kitchen

Drop by this seasonal outdoor kitchen to taste samples of farm-fresh snacks. (Only open for special events in 2019)

10) Sweasy Learning Shelter

Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic under this shelter next to Bee Center. Capacity 80 people.

 

Coming in 2020

Apple Demonstration Plots 

Explore how apples are grown commercially in Minnesota and view a living history University of Minnesota apple variety introductions, from the first apple developed through First Kiss.

Grape Demonstration Plots

 View how grapes are grown commercially in northern climates, showcasing University of Minnesota varieties.

Orchard & Vineyard Walk 

Adjacent to Eastern Drive, this accessible walkway loops around the demonstration Orchard & Vineyard (future developments) that will showcase apples and grapes

11) The Farmhouse Education Center

This building will serve as the welcome center for the Farm. It will include a classroom, a conference room, and will serve as the headquarters for the Extension Statewide Master Gardener Program and Arboretum Adult Education.

 

Proposed Future Developments

Compost & Living Soil Demonstration area

New Farm Public Entrance

Native on the Land Exhibit Garden

History

History

Land

The Arboretum’s Red Barn and Farm is on original tribal homeland of the Dakota people - as is the rest of the Arboretum property and the surrounding region. It became the farmstead of early Swiss immigrant farmers Theodore & Sophie Bost, who cleared the first fields beginning in the 1850s.

Barn

The historic Red Barn was built a century ago around 1920 by the Williams family. They had 32 cows and ran a small dairy farm here from the 1920s to the 1960s. The existing Red Barn on the site was built in 1920.

University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota purchased the property in 1968.

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Hours

Beginning September 2019 

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.

Fees

Regular $15 gate admission for ages 16+ in effect for Arboretum entry

Arboretum Field Festival

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bring your family and friends to taste Minnesota and explore the plant-to-plate story!

  • Meet a farmer
  • Sample Minnesota Grown Grains
  • Beer Garden
  • Food trucks
  • Explore futuristic farming technologies like drones
  • Pop-Up store with Minnesota apples & Arboretum merchandise