Wednesday, October 30, 2013

CORN CREEPERS HAUNTED CORN MAZE

Check out our new promo video.  A big thanks to Matt for making it.  Halloween night 8pm to 10pm come experience a fun and scary time.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Corn Maze Hours Update - Final Week

Due to popular demand the Corn Maze will be open Tuesday October 29th from 6pm to 9pm, Wednesday October 30th from 6pm to 9pm and Thursday October 31st (Halloween) from 10am to 7pm.  On Thursday night the maze re-opens from 8pm to 10pm and it is HAUNTED!  Please note that on Thursday October 31st between 7pm and 8pm the maze is closed while we setup for the Corn Creepers Haunt.  Admission is $5 per person.
October 31st is our last day of business and then we are closed for the season.

Monday, October 21, 2013

October Fun!

It has been a wonderful month!  The weather has been beautiful and made for fantastic days at the Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze.  Our Corn Maze has even been open at night and last weekend we had the light of a FULL MOON to explore it with.  We have been excited that so many people have come to the farm this year and we thank you for your support and positive feedback.

Announcements for this week October 21 to October 26
The weather forecast is amazing, come on out!

Nevada Day October 25th
Home means Nevada, Home means the Hills, Home means the Sage and the Pine.......Friday is Nevada Day!  Free Hay Rides, Free Popcorn, Free Papa Murphy's pizza samples, Free Little White Baby Boo Pumpkins (while supplies last).

Saturday Halloween Fest October 26th
Wear a costume and get $2 off admission into the pumpkin patch.  We will have Trick-or-Treating around the barn yard between 10am and noon.  Plus a magic show at 12 noon and 1:30 for just $1 per ticket.

Scare Creepers Haunted Corn Maze
The Scare Crows have come alive and with the help of other creatures and ghouls taken over the Corn Maze.  Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights this week and Halloween night from 8pm to 10pm the Corn Maze will be Haunted!  If you thought it was creepy at night before, just wait till you experience it haunted.  We will have two levels of scare.  So for the younger folks we will have glow necklaces for them to wear which will let the Scare Crows know to dial down the scare factor to low for that group.
During the day the un-haunted Corn Maze will be open for general admission.  It will be closed from 7pm to 8pm for setup of the haunt.






Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Opening This Saturday!

 It's the Best Time of Year....
We are opening the Pumpkin Patch a few days early this year! Our first day will be Saturday, September 28th. The Pumpkin Patch will be open from 10:00am - 6:00pm.

Opening Day Events Include:

*A Big Pumpkin Raffle - (one entry with admission)
*Free "Jack Be Little" Pumpkins! (one per person)
*Free Popcorn!
*Free Hayrides!


Lots of freebies and lots of new activities this year! Our biggest new attraction is our
 Huge 3 Acre Corn Maze! Come get lost and enjoy a challenging game,
the aMAZEing Race! Hidden in the corn maze are 5 checkpoints with log books and clues. Find all 5 and win a prize! The Huge Corn Maze is opening this Saturday from 10:00am - 10:00pm.




Some of our other new activities include a cute "Duck Pond", and some interactive bouncy horses for kids in the barnyard!
 
We guarantee that your whole family will have a great time! There are activities for all ages.
We hope you can join us this Saturday to kick off the season!

We have fun events lined up every Saturday  - below is the schedule of Special Events:
 

Special Events

Oct. 4th and 5th- “Pumpkins for Autism” - a fundraising event where a percentage of  all pumpkins sold during these two days will be donated to the Autism Coalition of Nevada. Includes a huge pumpkin raffle where all money raised for the raffle will be donated.
Oct. 5th -Bighorns Day at the Farm- 10a-2p
Join the Bighorns Basketball team Staff with some fun events! The Bighorns Dancers will be teaching dance at noon and at 2pm. Bruno, the mascot will be appearing, and there will be fun activites provided by the Reno Bighorns!

Oct 12th - Vendor and Crafters Market - We will have a small market with hand picked vendors selling snacks, crafts, jewelry, a photo booth and more!
Oct 19th - Live Music! The Mountain Girls - 12noon - 2:00pm

Oct. 26th- “Tricks and Treats!” Wear a Halloween costume and save $2 on admission!There will be free Trick or Treating in the Barnyard, and a MAGIC SHOW for $1.00 at 12 noon and 1:30pm!
 
If you are planning on coming more than once this season, take advantage of our family season pass! The cost is $60 for unlimited admission to the Pumpkin Patch for a family of up to 6 people!

 
 
We also have two charitable projects going on! The first is the
 Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation.
 
Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation
 
Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation - Porcelian Doll Pink Pumpkin
 
We planted "Porcelain Doll" pumpkins, as pictured above and they are beautiful! $2 of every pink pumpkin sold will be donated to the foundation for breast cancer research.
 
The second is "Pumpkins For Autism"  - a weekend of giving to children with Autism and their families. We will be holding a private event for Families with children who have autism. The following weekend we will be raising money for the Autism Coalition of Nevada by giving a percentage of Pumpkin Sales from Friday October 4th and Saturday October 5th. We will also have a raffle where all money raised from the raffle is donated to ACON.
Please take a moment to watch this touching video clip. It addresses Autism affecting many children in Nevada, and demonstrates a way that our Governor has reached out to children with Autism as well.

We are so excited to start this new season! Happy Fall and hope to see you here at our farm!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Farm Update Part 3 - The Big Corn Maze

Our biggest addition for 2013 is an almost 3 acre corn maze!  We know of only 3 other corn mazes in the Northern Nevada region and they are awesome!  So we thought we would try our hand at a big corn maze.  We planted a type of corn referred to as field corn.  It is grown for the purpose of harvesting for feed for animals or to be used to make corn meal or corn flour.  Field corn is great for mazes because the stalks grow very tall (Our tallest is about 9 feet at the writing of this blog post) and the leaves on the stalks are big and full.  Here are some pictures of our growing process.

Since we were planting in a new field that used to be pasture we had to spend alot of time prepping the soil with the ripper and disc.  Here is Kyle taking a shift with the disc.

Last year we planted the 1 acre of corn with a hand pushed planter that does 1 row at a time.  That method wasn't going to fly this year so I bought some International Harvester 185 Planter units from a corn farmer in Parma Idaho and built a 3 point 2 row planter that goes on the tractor.  Much easier!  Unfortunately,  I forgot to take a picture of the planter in action.
Kaleb helping with the very first irrigation on the corn field.

Kyle irrigating a couple weeks later

Beginning to cut the maze

The corn getting taller


I'm 6'2" and was excited when it was taller than me.

The swing shift irrigating crew



Sometimes, we do things the hard way.  In this case we didn't finish cutting the maze when the corn was short.  But that doesn't mean we can't have fun doing it.

What do we do with all the stalks?  The cows and goats love them.  And we bundle them for decorations.






Farm Update Part 2 - Sweet Corn!

Last year we planted 1 acre of sweet corn that we harvested and we also made a corn maze in it.  We called it our "kids corn maze" because the corn wasn't very tall.  Many parents told us they liked the maze because they didn't lose their kids in it and they didn't get lost since they could see over the corn.  We decided to do the same thing this year.  Here are some of our progress pictures:

Plowing the field

Laying the drip tape for the sweet corn

Spot seeding the sweet corn where seeds didn't germinate

The corn has tasseled.  

Farm Update Part 1

Cameron here, to update the blog with some of things we have been doing this summer on the farm.

Kyle cutting hay with the Hesston Swather and then baling with the old freeman 200 2 wire baler.
The baler caught fire about 20 minutes after this picture!

 Admiral Ackbar (our calf) escaped his pen and made new friends with Tom and Willey, the draft horses.

 Ethan clearing cattails from the ditch.

Painting the old chicken coop

Pumpkin Planting

Pumpkin Patch Weeding

Cooling off in the pond

We always love going to the Richest, Wildest Rodeo in the West! 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Farm Camp FUN!

Thanks to all the kids and parents who helped our first farm camp to be a success! We had some great times, and the kids loved it! I think they learned a lot and went home happy. Here's a little peek at our week!



The kids had lots of experience feeding and interacting with the animals 

 
 
 

 
Horse and pony rides


 



 


Bonding with and leading the alpacas







 

 

 
 
Crafts, Fun and Games






 

 
This was a GREAT bunch of kids!!
 
We will hold farm camp again next summer, and will offer a few different sessions so stay tuned!