The Co-op Farm Tour is free family fun that can be done at your own pace. Visit one, visit all or just pick a few in one area. There is no need to RSVP or sign up. The farms will be offering tours, tastings and activities. The public is invited to come see where our food is actually grown.
This tour is a free and self-guided exploration of over 30 local farms. When we originally wrote this article in 2016, we were warned that GPS is spotty in rural areas and doubt that has changed. This could be a good time to work on map skills. Plan a route together before you leave, print a map and let the kids navigate. See the Google Map at the bottom of this page.
2021 Co-Op Farm Tour Information
The tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday July 10, 2021. These are working farms and sometimes peoples’ homes, so we are asked to be respectful and only visit during tour times. However, if you can’t make it this weekend, check their individual websites. Some of these farms do have public hours.
More Farm and Gardening Opportunities
We also offer more farm fun suggestions in these articles:
- Summer Farm Fun in the Twin Cities
- FFTC’s Guide to The Pizza Farm
- Family Fun: Twin Cities Pick-Your-Own Produce Farms
- Family Fun Idea: Gardening with Kids
- 10+ Family-Friendly Twin Cities Spring & Summer Farmers Markets
Urban Co-op Farm Tour
Don’t want to leave the cities? You take a mini urban farm tour with these four farms in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
- Frogtown Farm • 946 West Minnehaha Avenue, Saint Paul • 651-266-6368 • This is a St. Paul Park and the public is invited during park hours.
- Appetite for Change • 1200 West Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis • 612-588-7611 • This North Minneapolis organization works to make change through food and nutrition. Guided tours start at 10 am and 1 pm.
- Urban Roots • 463 Maria Avenue, St. Paul • 651-228-7073 • Urban Roots’s mission is to cultivate and empower youth through nature, healthy food, and community. They offer gardening classes for kisd.
- JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden • Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis, Minneapolis • Managed by Minneapolis Parks, this garden provides gardening plots and farming education to kids through programs during the growing season
Greater Twin Cities Co-op Farm Tours
Heading further out of the cities, families can design their own tours. The Co-op Farm Tour website offers a map of all the farms. .