Living in Southern California, we’re so lucky to live near so many great things to do. While we may not live in the prettiest area of Southern California, we do have access to some of the best beaches in the US. We are within a two hour drive of beaches, mountains, and deserts, we really have it all. I’ve also found that we have a lot of hidden gems in our area, you just have to look for them!
I get asked a lot about the places we visit so I thought that I should start sharing some of the places we love to visit. If you live in So Cal, then you should totally check them out, but if not, maybe you can do a search and see if there’s something similar in your area. I’ve found that there is so much more to our area than I’ve ever thought, you just have to look for it.
So my first edition of the explorer series is Amy’s Farm in Ontario, CA. I found Amy’s Farm through a friend who had told me about a one time Saturday class they were having. While we couldn’t make it to that class, I went on their site and saw all that they had to offer and knew that it was totally the right place for us.
We signed Big Sis up for the “Fun on the Farm with Your Little One” 8 week class. I came into the class with low expectations, thinking we just signed up for an 8 week glorified farm tour, boy was I wrong. Each class is packed with enriching activities but never overwhelming. Big Sis learned how to milk a cow, groom a horse and feed and pet all of the animals.
She also learned about all sorts of vegetables in the garden. How they grow and how to pick them. Most days we tried a new food that we picked straight from the garden.
Big Sis’ favorite is Rainbow Swiss Chard because of all of the beautiful colors.
We ended up taking the class for two sessions and enjoyed every minute of it! Each season is different so you can take all four sessions and get something new each time.
There is something so valuable about seeing your little one learn about where food comes from and how to care for the land and animals that God has given to us. It’s the best!
If an 8 week class isn’t right for you, you can visit for a farm tour or even a one time Saturday class for various ages, which you can also find on their website. We did the Bethlehem in the Barn class during Christmas time and made the cutest wooden nativity.
If you are looking for somewhere to buy fresh, local, organic produce you have to check out their farm stand. Each week their offerings change but let me tell you, their carrots are the best I’ve ever tasted. So so sweet!
One last thing that is actually so fun, is that you can volunteer there to help work in the garden. You just spend a few hours there picking weeds or whatever they need help with and then you can pick some produce to take home with you. I was surprised at how relaxing it was to pick weeds in the garden. I would go every day if time allowed.
The farm is one of our favorite places to go. If you are in the area you have to check it out and if you’re not, ask around for a local farm near you. You might be surprised that there’s one closer than you think.