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!

Drone photo of the Farm at the Arb 2021, Norbert Lucas

Farm Crawl Autumn 2021: Corn & More

Visit the Farm at the Arb with your smartphone to take a tour of what's growing at the Farm today!
Sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

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. 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. 

Explore the Farm

Bee Center interior
Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center
Watch the honey bee hives in action and explore the interactive exhibit hall. Learn about honey bees, native bees, monarchs, and more!  Open selected weekends in September and October, 2021.

Pollinator Gardens at the Bee Center, photo Jenny Eckern-Holm
Garden for Pollinators
Observe gardens buzzing with activity from butterflies, hungry bees and other pollinators (May - October).

Northern Grains Walk, photo by Jenny Ekern-Holm
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.
Interior of the Arboretum Red Barn, photo by Norbert Lucas 2021
Red Barn
Visit the iconic red barn by entering the door by the silo! 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. On the lower level, the interpretation explores the history of the barn. The barn is open seasonally and is not temperature controlled.
Vegetable Garden at the Farm at the Arb, photo Norbert Lucas 2021
Vegetable Garden/Market Garden
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. The Market Garden is also home to the Arboretum's job training program in Agricultural production.
Fruitful Way sign at the Farm at the Arb
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.
Gallery Garden at the Farm at the Arb, photo Jill Leenay
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.
Event Lawns by the Red Barn, photo Norbert Lucas
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.
Summer Kitchen at the Farm at the Arb
Summer Kitchen
Drop by this seasonal outdoor kitchen to taste samples of farm-fresh snacks. 

Tillage Table at the Farm at the Arb
Tillage Table & Farming Techniques
This stop at the end of the farm plots is a great place to stop and talk about the techniques and technology farmers use to make the food we eat!

Learning Shelter at the Farm at the Arb, photo Jill Leenay
Sweasy Learning Shelter
Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic under this shelter next to Bee Center. Capacity 80 people.
Scenic overlook at the Farm at the Arb, photo Jill Leenay
Scenic Overlook
A short meandering walk beyond the Farm and Bee Center is the scenic small amphitheater overlook. Look outwards for stunning elevated views over the natural landscape, or face backwards for views of the Barn and Bee Center looming above.
The Farmhouse Education Center (COMING 2022)
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.

Grape and Apple plots at the Farm at the Arb
Apples, Grapes & Crops of the Future
This corner highlights the crops of the future: perennial grains and other future crops. It also features the most up-to-date apple and grape growing techniques.

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

Proposed Future Developments

  • Compost & Living Soil Demonstration area
  • New Farm Public Entrance
  • Native on the Land Exhibit Garden

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.

old red barnred barn

Sustainable Horticulture Training Program

Sustainable Horticulture Training Program

This hands-on, technical training in vegetable growing is designed for beginning growers, skilled workers and career changes. Are you looking to pursue a career in sustainable food production for sale and community health? The USDA defines a beginning farmer as someone who has ten years of experience or less - The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum helps individuals begin or continue their career as vegetable growers.

Click here to learn more and to apply.

Location

3210 W 82nd St, Chanhassen, MN 55317
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All visitors, members and children must make a reservation before visiting

 

Trails

There are several trails for visitors to explore around Farm at the Arb. 

Click here to download a map (pdf)

Click here to use our digital map