Farm Tours

August, 2009

We have received increased requests from the public to visit a working farm. Since a desire to educate others is part of why we began farming, we would like to explore the idea more. This page will likely change along with our experiences, but for now, we’ll start at the beginning.

Nevermore Farm is located on 9.34 acres in rural Arbuckle, CA, west of Interstate 5. Driving time is approximately 60 minutes from Sacramento, 40 minutes from Davis, and 100 minutes from San Francisco. We offer farm tours by arrangement in advance. It is possible to have a tour Monday, Friday, or Sunday at this time. We welcome supervised children but no pets may come with you except for service animals. A tour can last anywhere from 45 minutes to three hours or more depending on the level of interest and time of year.

What will I see? For the most part, tours are given by Deborah. Tours can be very general, or there can be a narrow focus on topics such as almond production, raising poultry, how to raise seasonal vegetables, beekeeping, growing heirloom vegetables, seed saving, what is involved in operating a CSA farm, etc. In a general tour, it is possible to enter our poultry yard, and see the chickens and turkeys and peafowl up close. Children can feed grain to the birds. We will walk around the gardens and orchards (we raise 60+ kinds of vegetable and 25+ kinds of fruit/nut), identifying crops and trees and explaining how they are grown. If there is something ripe we think you might enjoy sampling, we will gladly pick and share. We have a beehive and can explain about honeybees and their role in agriculture. There are flowers to enjoy and some can be picked. We are happy to customize your experience to particular levels of interest. We are also able to do workshops on focused topics such as raising tomatoes from seed, raising chicks, etc. We strongly prefer to have no more guests for a tour than can travel in a single vehicle. This allows us to give each participant our full attention and answer questions as they arise….and for an almond production tour, there is a limit of 5 persons as this tour involves use of a vehicle. We can accommodate larger groups, it’s just somewhat more challenging.

Fees: If you are a member of our CSA program, there is no charge for a tour. For the general public, we ask a fee of $5 per adult and $1 per child. For tours that will take extensive amounts of time (more than 90 minutes) there is also a surcharge of $10 per additional hour for the group. This is to help offset the time that we are taking away from our workday obligations in order to give a tour. Workshops, if requested, would have a similar fee structure with a small charge for any needed materials.

Rules: Please tell us in advance if you have your own pet birds (of any kind!) so that we can discuss biosafety….we maintain many endangered breeds of poultry and it is possible to bring an avian illness to them on your shoes or clothing! And, no chasing animals. “Chasing” means pursuing any animal in a manner that causes it to feel it needs to move away from where it is and what it is doing.

What facilities are available? We are a small, working farm. There is a restroom in our home easily accessible for guests. There is a picnic table under an arbor for resting if needed. There is very limited shade available for parked vehicles in hot weather. The tour will be 100% outdoors!

What should I be aware of? All farms have hazards, and although ours has relatively few, it is not a child-proofed environment. While unlikely, there is a possibility of stings from paper wasps, bees, or fire ants. There are areas of uneven ground on which it is possible to stumble. In the summer, daytime temperatures can be well over 90 degrees. There may be farm implements, construction projects, or compost pits around which playing is inadvisable. We have several cats and many birds, to which some people may have allergies. There are weeds and cultivated plants that have sharp thorns. Fencing and other objects may have sharp edges. It is a good idea to wear close-toed, sturdy shoes. Hats and sunglasses in summer are strongly recommended, as is wearing sunscreen. In the winter, layered clothing is the best option. Bring water and snacks, and for very small children, consider a spray bottle of plain water to help keep cool. Deborah was certified for over 7 years as an Emergency Medical Technician, and our farm has a complete first aid kit. That being said, please consider any personal limitations you or anyone in your group may have, so that we can adjust accordingly to keep everyone safe and comfortable. If you have limited/difficult mobility, are easily affected by heat or cold, or experience severe allergies, consider that a farm visit may not be a good idea.

Can I buy farm products when I visit? As a CSA farm, most of our resources are already pre-sold to our customers. If you visit on a Sunday, there is a possibility that some surplus produce items will be available for sale. We usually have our almonds available, with prices ranging from $5 – $7.50/lb depending on the crop and the time of year. There is also the possibility of dressed chicken, honey, beeswax, pickled vegetables or other preserves, loofahs, peacock feathers, vegetable and flower seeds, or who knows what else that we might have on hand. If your heart is set on a particular item, please mention this in advance and we’ll see what we can manage!


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