Kelley Farm renovations to showcase changes in Minnesota agriculture

Learning about life on an 1860s Minnesota farm in Kelley Farm's Historic Farmstead // Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society

Learning about life on an 1860s Minnesota farm in Kelley Farm’s Historic Farmstead // Photo courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society

The Oliver Kelley Farm opens for the season April 1, following a multimillion dollar renovation. The new spaces and programming hope to showcase changes in Minnesota’s agricultural history—spanning from the 1860s to modern day.

“In the new Farm Lab area, visitors can explore today’s agriculture through modern cropland, animals, gardens and an outdoor exhibit trail. Then head to Oliver Kelley’s historic 1860s farmstead, a National Historic Landmark, to compare how Minnesota’s agriculture has grown and changed over 150 years,” says the Minnesota Historical Society, via press release.

Melanie Adams, senior director of Guest Experience and Educational Services at MNHS, says, “We can’t wait to welcome visitors to the newly revitalized Oliver Kelley Farm. Our new Farm Lab area perfectly complements the Historic Farmstead, and the site now gives our growing number of visitors a fuller picture of Minnesota agriculture, both past and present.”

The farm opens for the season April 1 with expanded hours, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They will hold a grand opening celebration May 6 and 7 with music, chef demos, food and more, to officially welcome visitors to the revitalized farm.


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