McKellar Family Farms reminds community of several events for field trips and families

@TheSunGazette

IVANHOE – Daylight saving time might have beleaguered workers drudging their way of bed feeling an hour behind, but McKellar Family Farms is springing into action for the upcoming season. With winter fleeting, the Ivanhoe farms, just east of Visalia will soon be hosting a number of interactive community events on their ranch.

The nonprofit organization is hoping to engage and educate the community about citrus farming and agriculture in Tulare County.

McKellar Family Farms logo.

McKellar Family Farms logo.

When the weather turns to the bright and shiny days of spring McKellar Family Farms will begin their spring field trip and tour season as they welcome students from around Tulare County to their farm. During a field trip, students will experience a citrus farm through an interactive wagon ride, orange picking, and the viewing of a film about the citrus industry. The farm is still accepting pre-scheduled tours and field trips for the months of April, May and early June, so teachers and parents can get more information and book a trip through mckellarfamilyfarms.com.

As soon as this month, Saturday, March 24, they will be holding their U-Pick Oranges event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families and individuals will have the opportunity to explore the farm, pick oranges straight from the tree, and fill up an 8 lb. bag to take home for $7 (bag provided by McKellar Family Farms). They will also be offering a full wagon ride experience once per hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. The wagon ride is $3 per person (children ages two and under are free).

Then on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27–28, McKellar Family Farms welcomes families and small groups for their Spring Break Farm Tours event, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. It takes place during the week of Visalia Unified School District’s spring break. McKellar Family Farms will be setting aside specific times for families and small groups to schedule a wagon ride farm tour. Because McKellar Family Farms can typically only schedule large groups, they are setting aside these times and dates so that families can enjoy the farm during spring break without needing to organize a large group. Tours include wagon rides and orange picking. To book one of the time slots, guests can visit mckellarfamilyfarms.com/events and click on the Sign Up Genius link.

Lastly, on Thursday, March 29, they will host Mountain Mike’s Group Raise Fundraiser for McKellar Family Farms. Here, Mountain Mike’s Pizza off of Walnut and Akers in Visalia is doing a Group Raise event for McKellar Family Farms by donating 25% of purchases to their nonprofit. For those who would like to help McKellar Family Farms continue and expand their ag educational services, visit Mountain Mike’s at any time on March 29 and mention McKellar Family Farms while making a purchase.

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