Supporting a healthy planet: the new Farm at the Arb

Monday, October 14, 2019 - 12:00pm
Arboretum members chat with farmers at the Arb Field Festival

Arboretum members chat with farmers at the Arb Field Festival

Children play at the Farm at the Arb Field Festival

Children play at the Farm at the Arb Field Festival (photo by Al Giencke)

The Farm at the Arb (photo by Norbert Lucas)

The Farm at the Arb (photo by Norbert Lucas)

The Arboretum Farm dedication ceremony in front of the historic Red Barn (photo by Jason Boudreau-Landis)

The Arboretum Farm dedication ceremony in front of the historic Red Barn (photo by Jason Boudreau-Landis)

Land O’Lakes support for the newly opened Farm at the Arb furthers a vision of nourishing lives and strengthening communities

A 40-acre campus located on the eastern side of the U of M’s Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the new Arboretum Farm—better known as the Farm at the Arb—welcomes visitors of all ages to see, feel, and taste our connection to the land and the plants that feed us, and to build relationships with those who steward the land. 

On September 14, 2019, the inaugural Arb Field Festival welcomed almost 1,200 visitors from across Minnesota to the new campus. Land O’Lakes leaders Morgan Kinross-Wright, John Habedank, and Sheilah Stewart joined University leadership and other generous donors for a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony before the festival, hosted in front of the Arboretum’s historic Red Barn. 

Arboretum members and families spent the festival exploring the Farm at the Arb, learning more about local plants, the rhythm of the Midwestern seasons, and the journey that their food takes before it lands on their tables. A new, distinctive Minnesota tradition, the Field Festival celebrates Minnesota agriculture, connects families to farmers, and builds an understanding of the plant-to-plate story.

It is just one step in the larger mission of the Farm at the Arb. With the support of Land O’Lakes, the farm has been transformed into a unique arena for discovery where visitors will gain an awareness of agriculture, food production, and land stewardship. 

Public demonstration and exhibit spaces will accommodate tens of thousands of visitors each year, and experiential learning will engage guests of all ages. From a carefully restored Red Barn to the Land O’Lakes Forage Demonstration Plot, a community garden gallery to pollinator exhibits, production orchards to home-scale garden planning, the new Farm at the Arb brings Minnesota’s agricultural history to life.

Thank you, Land O’Lakes, for your commitment to healthy people, healthy plants, and a healthy planet!