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Regarding the Pumpkin Patch 2016

Family and friends- after much thought and prayer, we have decided that Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch will not be open for the fall 2016 season. This was not an easy decision as we have enjoyed sharing the farm with so many friends over the past seven years. It has truly been an honor to watch your little (and not so little) ones grow, play and learn at the patch. Many of you have become like family, and we appreciate the blessings you have been to us.
While the pumpkin patch will not be open, Johnstown Farm will continue its operations dedicated to providing its customers with quality and healthy chicken, eggs, and grass fed and finished beef. If you have not tried our beef or eggs, give us a call (785-227-2656).
We are also dedicated to providing agriculture educational experiences in and out of the classroom. Our certified teachers continue developing our unique curriculum instilling the “what” and “why” of Kansas agriculture. We look forward to visiting classrooms in the 2016-2017 school year. Please feel free to contact us for information.
Again, we are so thankful for the loyal customers who have visited us over the years. What a privilege it has been to be a part of your fall family traditions! Blessings to you families

Johnstown Farm, McPherson, KS 2016

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Hello, Pumpkin Patch…

Today certainly felt like pumpkin patch season is upon us. You know that type of day when your feet sigh with relief when you sit down at night? That was today. We started off our day (after chores, of course) at Washington Elementary School in the second grade classrooms where we kicked off our agriculture education program, “In the Class and On the Farm.” It was a privilege to guide the students in the discovery of the “what” and “why” of Kansas agriculture. Did you know that it is impossible to live a day without being affected by agriculture? Just ask those second graders, they’ll tell you! Here they are wrapping up their class time illustrating one of the many ways they were affected by agriculture today.

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After class it was time to hustle back to the farm to prepare the grounds for the pumpkin patch season. We open on September 27, and there is much to do. By the time the sun went down, we had checked off a lot of items on the master “To Do” list- prepping the new school room, filling sand boxes, painting signs, moving equipment, etc. As we worked around the farm, we found at least five of these big guys. This isn’t the best picture, but I couldn’t make myself get any closer. I think his body was about two inches long, not counting his legs. I have never seen so many giant spiders in one day. I know they are great for taking care of the gardens, but they sure can take us by surprise (and sometimes yelp out loud)!

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Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm – McPherson, KS 2014

 

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Preparations . . .

We enjoyed a weekend of preparing the farm for the upcoming season of Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch. We all do our own parts during the year, but my favorite time is when all the family comes down to work together. The beautiful weather was just what we needed to keep us going as we worked outside. I love that coolness in the air. It makes everything feel so….autumnish! Justin was working on preparing the trail for the barrel train, Dan was busy in the shop creating contraptions for the destruction zone, Papa was wiring the converted education room, Grammy fed us all, Angie and I were working on scheduling and store preparation, and the grandkids… had the most important job this weekend. They were cuddling the two new kittens and putting together scarecrows.

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Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch at Johnstown Farm, McPherson, KS 2014

 

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USD 418 Second Graders are Agriculture Experts

We concluded our “In the Class and On the Farm (ICOF)” program this week. Thank you USD 418 for sharing your 2nd graders with us and valuing agriculture education.

Roosevelt Elementary students joined us on the farm on Wednesday. Sadly, I had camera issues, so I don’t have pictures of the day. Hopefully I can get a hold of some on me else’s pics.

Lincoln Elementary spent the day with us yesterday. This last group of ICOF students were awesome agriculture advocates!

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Thank you, again, to Farm Bureau, Kiwanis Club of McPherson, MidKansas Coop, Artshirt, Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats, and Tractor Supply for all of their support for the “In the Class and on the Farm” program!

Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch-McPherson, KS 2013

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Agriculture Education

 

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More “In the Class and On the Farm” Agriculture Education

Mrs. Baker’s 2nd grade class was a joy today! Lots of learning and lots of fun was had by all. Thank you to Angie Krehbiel (Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats), Harry Watts (Farm Bureau), and Ron Frank (Farm Bureau) for sponsoring this program and for joining us for the day.

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Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch-McPherson, KS 2013

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2013 in Agriculture Education

 

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Agriculture Education with Elyria 2nd Graders

We thoroughly enjoyed our day on the farm with the 2nd graders from Elyria. They were hard workers. Thank you Mrs. Allen! We’d also like to say a special “thank you” to our Ag Partners who helped sponsor the trip: Farm Bureau, Kiwanis, MidKansas Coop, Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats, Artshirt, and Tractor Supply. TSC, we are so grateful for our education awning!

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Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch-McPherson, KS 2013

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Agriculture Education

 

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Welcome Washington Elementary for “A Day on the Farm”

Mrs. Cooke’s 2nd grader spent the day at Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch learning more about agriculture and how it affects each one of us everyday.

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Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch- McPherson, KS 2013

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Agriculture Education

 

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