Overcast weather means it’s time for an outdoor adventure. This time, we went on a tour of Wheeler Historic Farm in Murray, Utah. The girls were busy with other lessons, so it came down to me and PB to explore the gardens, farm, and playground at Wheeler Historic Farm.

I’ve been a part of a local homesteading group for a little over a year now. Liz Hamilton and I became friends through the group and we’ve been chatting about our gardens ever since. After lots of reminders, I finally decided to visit her at Wheeler. Liz works at Wheeler Historic Farm as an Agricultural Program Coordinator for Salt Lake County. Spectacular things grow at Wheeler Farm because of Liz and her team.

little boy, PB - age 4, standing in front of a blossoming flower bed, smiling

The Gardens

After our preschool work was done online, we put on our shoes and drove over to Wheeler. It’s not far from our home. We parked the van and PB immediately ran for the first set of gardens. These gardens are grown and managed specifically to help feed the needy. They also grow flowers. Can you imagine being unable to get up and leave the house? I’ve been there and it’s rough. Fresh flowers delivered with lunch would definitely help a person’s mental health.

Sign outlining the details of the mealsplus harvest garden program

After exploring these gardens, PB and I headed over to the big barn to wait for Liz.

Liz took us to see the loofas and theĀ Russian Mammoth sunflowers first.

PB plays in the garden at Wheeler Farm. In the foreground, we see hanging loofa plants.

See those things hanging at the top of the photo? When they grow a bit more and the inside dries up, Liz will pick them and remove the skins – voila! Loofas!

Sunflower hide n’ seek concluded and we walked through the rest of Liz’s fabulous garden. PB found some tiny, undeveloped watermelons and Liz let him take one. She warned him that it wouldn’t taste very good, but he mostly wanted to carry it around. Liz grabbed another of the melons and we headed back toward the animal enclosures.

PB holds a tiny watermelon

The Animals

Our group encountered another tour group as we walked back toward the animals. Liz stopped to chat with them and they commented on the watermelons. She assured them that these were not ripe and proceeded to show them what she meant by putting her tiny watermelon on the ground and cracking it open with her shoe. PB thought this was the greatest thing he had ever seen in his entire life! He laughed and laughed. Liz said we could head back and feed what was left of the melon to the chickens. PB skipped a bit as he followed her.

After we checked out some chickens, Liz took PB inside to meet a very special friend. (Fair warning: This video starts a little loud. He was about to step right into a fresh cow pie! I totally yelped.)

#ayrshire calf at #WheelerHistoricFarm #Roadschool

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After we met the babies, we went and met their mamas. Before we left the cows, we went to meet the pregnant cows. Liz told PB how they keep the pregnant cows separate because they get different food from the others. He looked at her, confused. She tried to clarify by telling him they get different food because their babies are still growing inside them. PB’s confusion turned into horror for a moment, “WHY DID THEY EAT THEIR BABIES?!?!? Cows, you’re not supposed to eat your babies!” Liz and I cracked up laughing and got down to the task of trying to explain to my 4 year old that pregnancy doesn’t work that way.

As we wrapped up our visit, we found ourselves in the cute little gift shop where we grabbed some refreshing drinks and checked out the fresh produce. The playground was calling to PB, so we stopped there for quite some time before heading home.

All in all, we had an excellent day and we will be sure to go back soon for the fall festivities at Wheeler Historic Farm.

Wheeler Historic Farm

Would I recommend it? Yes.

Best ages: 3-12 or anyone interested in animals or gardening. They have a horse camp, too, so that may or may not be of interest to your family.

What to bring: Water and good shoes. I would suggest a donation of $3/person and a little cash to spend on drinks at the gift shop if you don’t bring them from home. You don’t need a picnic blanket, but a sack lunch would be a good idea. There’s a nice covered pavilion with tables right next to the playground. Oh! Don’t forget your camera!