Farm at the Arb

Red ban and sunflower fields, photo Liz Potacek

Visit the historic Red Barn, discover the past, present and future of agriculture, explore Minnesota farm crops, and get tips on growing your own fruits and vegetables!

Getting here

Location

3210 W 82nd St, Chanhassen, MN 55317
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All visitors, members and children must make a reservation before visiting

Trails

There are several trails for visitors to explore around Farm at the Arb. 

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Click here to use our digital map

Farm Crawl Autumn 2021: Corn & More

Visit the Farm at the Arb with your smartphone to take a tour of what's growing at the Farm today!
Sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

Drone photo of the Farm at the Arb 2021, Norbert Lucas

Red Barn

Visit the iconic red barn by entering the door by the silo! Carefully restored to preserve its history and beauty, interior banners celebrate the legacy of 30 varieties of northern fruits and grains developed by the University of Minnesota. On the lower level, the interpretation explores the history of the barn. The barn is open seasonally and is not temperature controlled.

Arboretum Red Barn, photo Mark MaclennanInterior of the Arboretum Red Barn, photo by Norbert Lucas 2021

Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center

Watch the honey bee hives in action and explore the interactive exhibit hall. Learn about honey bees, native bees, monarchs, and more!  Open selected weekends in September and October, 2021.

Bee Center interior

Northern Grains Walk

Stroll through today’s agricultural crops such as soybeans, wheat, corn, oats, barley, rye and sunflowers. Check out potential crops of the future such as Kernza®, perennial flax, perennial sunflower and camelina. Visit each of the stop-and-learn interactive stations along the way.

Northern Grains Walk, photo by Jenny Ekern-HolmTillage Table at the Farm at the Arb

Vegetable Garden/Market Garden

Visit a garden for growing vegetables on a homeowner or urban agriculture scale. Learn helpful tips on how to maximize vegetable production per square yard anywhere you want to grow. The Market Garden is also home to the Arboretum's job training program in Agricultural production.

Vegetable Garden at the Farm at the Arb, photo Norbert Lucas 2021

 

Fruitful Way

Explore fruits that can thrive in your Minnesota yard or community garden such as apricots, plums, apples, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and currants! See plantings of hardy perennials that feed pollinators essential to these fruit crops.

Fruitful Way sign at the Farm at the Arb

Garden Gallery

This exhibit garden will serve as a rotating stage to showcase diverse crops and growing practices, envisioned and managed by a different Guest Curator each season.

Gallery Garden at the Farm at the Arb, photo Jill Leenay

Gathering Lawns

Enjoy the pastoral vistas from these two green oval “lawns” below the Red Barn. A great place for on-the-grass picnics, events, or community gatherings.

Event Lawns by the Red Barn, photo Norbert Lucas
photo Norbert Lucas

Sweasy Learning Shelter

Bring a lunch and enjoy a picnic under this shelter next to Bee Center. Capacity 80 people.

Learning Shelter at the Farm at the Arb, photo Jill Leenay

Scenic Overlook

A short meandering walk beyond the Farm and Bee Center is the scenic small amphitheater overlook. Look outwards for stunning elevated views over the natural landscape, or face backwards for views of the Barn and Bee Center looming above.

Scenic overlook at the Farm at the Arb, photo Jill Leenay

Garden for Pollinators

Observe gardens buzzing with activity from butterflies, hungry bees and other pollinators (May - October).

Pollinator Gardens at the Bee Center, photo Jenny Eckern-Holm

Apples, Grapes & Crops of the Future

This corner highlights the crops of the future: perennial grains and other future crops. It also features the most up-to-date apple and grape growing techniques.

  • Apple Demonstration Plots Explore how apples are grown commercially in Minnesota and view a living history University of Minnesota apple variety introductions, from the first apple developed through First Kiss.
  • Grape Demonstration Plots View how grapes are grown commercially in northern climates, showcasing University of Minnesota varieties.
  • Orchard & Vineyard Walk Adjacent to Eastern Drive, this accessible walkway loops around the demonstration Orchard & Vineyard that showcase apples and grapes

Grape and Apple plots at the Farm at the Arb

History

Land

The Arboretum’s Red Barn and Farm is on original tribal homeland of the Dakota people - as is the rest of the Arboretum property and the surrounding region. It became the farmstead of early Swiss immigrant farmers Theodore & Sophie Bost, who cleared the first fields beginning in the 1850s.

Barn

The historic Red Barn was built a century ago around 1920 by the Williams family. They had 32 cows and ran a small dairy farm here from the 1920s to the 1960s. The existing Red Barn on the site was built in 1920.

University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota purchased the property in 1968.

old red barn

Sustainable Horticulture Training Program

Sustainable Horticulture Training Program

This hands-on, technical training in vegetable growing is designed for beginning growers, skilled workers and career changes. Are you looking to pursue a career in sustainable food production for sale and community health? The USDA defines a beginning farmer as someone who has ten years of experience or less - The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum helps individuals begin or continue their career as vegetable growers.

Click here to learn more and to apply.