Holly Fork Farm
Holly Fork Farm, Produce & Pumpkin Patch 
  Barhamsville, Va 

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If you come to see us we can offer you the following options in the spring :)

~Option one~

*Tour of our green house & fields & strawberry fields, etc. 

*Discussion on plant life/plant life cycles etc./The importance of sun, water, oxygen, etc.

*Hands on seed planting (participants will get to take home their plantings) We will use magnifying glasses and    become investigators (we appreciate any parent or teacher help with the planting portion of the tour)

*Hayrides for everyone in your group, a small game area and a great picnic for are for everyone to enjoy

This package cost is $6.50 per participant and $3.00 for parent chaperone to join us for the tour

~Option two~

*Tour of our green house & fields & strawberry fields , etc. 

*Discussion on plant life/plant life cycles etc./Importance of sun, water, oxygen, etc. to have successful planting

*Animal adaptations/lifecycles ~we will discuss this by utilizing our pigs and chickens (they are on site)

*Hayrides for everyone in your group, a small game area  and a great picnic for are for everyone to enjoy

This package cost is $5.75 per participant and $2.75 for parent chaperone to join us for the tour

( as always no charge for teachers and teachers assistants)

Each station is apx. 15-20 minutes in length-keep in mind we are willing to work with all kinds of groups-special needs-autistic students, etc.  Also each trip is geared to the student’s age level and if you need us to include some other educational components in your trip- just let us know as we are very flexible at Holly Fork Farm.

We open as early as 9:30 a.m. for our trips!.  One of our friendly staff will greet you upon your arrival.   Don’t forget about the barn/sales store where you will find homemade jams, jellies and other food items, etc.  We also have  farm cookbook available for purchase too! We accept cash,  ebit and credit.  For field trips our preferred method of payment in by check.  Keep in mind payment is due on the day of your trip.  If there are any issues with this just give us a call at the number above.  

Thank you for considering a trip to our farm,

Farmer Stephanie and Farmer Michael @ Holly Fork Farm 

  ~~Fall Field Trip Information~~

Hello and thank you for considering a trip to Holly Fork Pumpkin Patch~We would love to celebrate fall with your group…


I am writing to inform you about our pumpkin patch – Holly Fork Pumpkin Patch in Barhamsville.  I wanted to let you know that we would love have your school, group or organization come and visit us!

 Holly Fork Pumpkin Patch opens on The last Saturday in September @ 10:00 a.m.  We welcome groups (We open for groups as early as 9:30 am)   The fee per is $6.00 child/group member. The cost for chaperons is 2.75 each- (teachers/school staff/bus driver attend at no charge).   Each paid student receives a small pumpkin to take home (they may pick these from the patch), a hay ride and includes an educational lesson.   You may chose a lesson about animal life/ care - (We have chickens, pigs and sheep at the farm).   The OTHER choice is about the life cycle of a pumpkin. This will be a very family friendly patch (no scary stuff).  There will be hay rides, game area, a small corn maze, pumpkins, homemade jams, sweet potatoes, mums, a large picnic area and, of course, FUN!  If you are a teacher you receive a complimentary classroom pumpkin too!  Call or email me today, so we can schedule your group.

Happy Fall,


Farmers Stephanie & Michael Ripchick

  **Jump pad can be added to fall or spring field trip packages for an additional 3.75 per child**

General Info about your trip and SOL lesson info. 

On your field trip to Holly Fork Farm you will visit two educational stations, pick pumpkins, take a hayride, visit the corn maze, and explore all the things that fall has to offer!  Our patch includes a large, clean picnic area and handicap asses-sable port-a-jons for restroom use. Helpful employees will be on site during your visit and a certificate of insurance can also be provided to you as we are fully insured.


  • Educational station one will include information on the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Students will actually have this lesson in a special patch planted just for this purpose. They will be presented with the life cycle and it will include the stages-seed, sprout, plant, flower, green pumpkin, and finally, orange pumpkin.  The seeds will be on hand for students to explore, pumpkins will be cut open we will discuss the parts of a pumpkin and that it has one of the longest growing season of any vegetable (120 days).  The blooms, vines, etc. will all also be on hand for students to explore and we will talk about different types of pumpkins that we grow.  This station last approximately 12-15 minutes and comfortable clothes/shoes are strongly encouraged.

  • Educational station two will include animal adaptations of a chickens/pigs .  In this lesson adult chickens will be at the farm/on site.  The students will have the lesson by the coop and in the chicken area.  The lesson will include much discussion that adaptation is the idea that animals/chickens have developed features to help them survive and thrive in the environment where they live.  For example, we will discuss the specific traits that help them survive in their environment.  One part of the discussion will be about chickens’ feet and that like the feet of other birds reveal much about their ecology and behavior.  They allow them to scratch, turn up leaves, dirt and find bugs/seeds to eat.  Their feet along with strong flexor tendons in their legs, allow chickens to perch on roosts, a behavior that protects the birds from predators.  We will be able to look at these traits as the chickens that are on hand at the farm will display some of the behaviors which will be very helpful in the learning process.  There will be discussion on weak and strong chickens and the pecking order of the hens. Another part of the discussion will be about a chicken’s beak and the  

    highly efficient/lightweight digestive system that meets the needs of their high metabolism.  Again, it will be very helpful to students that we have the chickens on hand so we can watch them peck, eat, etc. This station will last 12 -15 minutes.  YOU WILL PICK ONE OF THESE LESSONS FOR YOUR GROUP~

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