Sharp's at Waterford Farm

Family-operated farm in Howard County, MD since 1903

Tour: Super Soils, Gardening & Good Eats

General Info

Super Soils, Gardening and Good Eats

Ages 8 to 12     April 18 – August 18
sharp_kids_pottingThe garden is the classroom to explore our science questions. What is good soil vs bad soil? How do they influence our environment and our water? Do bad soils change how our plants grow and how much they produce? Students will fill pots with various soil types, learn their differences in density, water filtration and water retention. Compacted soils will be compared to loose friable soils. They will see and measure the difference in plant growth in each soil type. This information will be noted as it relates to food produced in an ideal soil vs a compacted soil to answer how many more people can we feed with good soils. Let’s top off the day with a walk around the farm, to discuss natural resources, conservation, how we use our resources and what we can do to conserve our resources. Stream side buffers, waterways, and wildlife ponds will also be featured. Finish the morning off by feeding the farm animals as we discuss the influence of manures and wastes from animals on our soils, water and environment. Complete your tour by lunching by the pond at our picnic site.

Costs and Details


  • Hand washing stations with soap and water
  • Portable toilet facilities
  • Picnic site by the pond


OPTIONAL: If you have extra time after your scheduled program, take a self guided tour along our beautiful nature trail for no additional charge!!


Teachers can choose to have free admission OR to pay and receive a gift basket full of a variety of plants grown in our greenhouses!

How do we figure who is a teacher? We calculate 1 teacher for every 15 students for K and above or 1 teacher for every 10 children for those younger than the Kindergarten level.

Thanks for your help. It makes for a great day on the farm.

TOUR TIME: 2 hours
COST: $7.50/child, parent, & teacher**
GROUP MINIMUM: 20 (Don’t have the group minimum? See our calendar of Open House Events)


Super Size Your Field Trip

For an additional $3.00 per person you can add on the educational portion of a second educational program that will be added to your first selected program. Adding the Birdhouse Gourd program would be an additional $5.00/person due to the cost of materials.

Game Time add-on option

Add on games to your program for $1.50 per person. That’s some buddy boards, sack races and team building experiences.

Healthy Eats add-on option

For an additional $2.50 per person everyone will get to take home a bag of fresh vegetables picked fresh the morning of your tour from our high tunnel or garden. (In spring there is usually a variety of wonderful lettuces or spinach available.) Older students can harvest their own.

Scavenger Hunt add-on option

For an additional $1.00 per person everyone will sharpen their observation skills on our natural resource and conservation walk. Find evidence of various crops, erosion, stream side buffers, ponds and natural resources. Scavenger hunts make for great conversation.



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Sharp's at Waterford Farm © 2016 | E-mail- Denise & Chuck
Educational Farm & Environmental Tours and Events, Greenhouses,
Pumpkin Picking, Corn Maze, Nature Trails and Much More
4003 Jennings Chapel Road | Brookeville, MD 20833
Phone: (410) 489-2572 | E-mail: Denise & Chuck

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