When it comes to animal encounters, sometimes keeping it low key at a farm is just the ticket. Whether that means feeding a horse, petting a longhorn, or becoming a beekeeper, we’ve rounded up the most fun, functional, and famed farmlands from coast to coast. Flip through the slideshow below for everything junior aggies need to know.

Become a Farmer for the Day – Queen Creek, Az

A family farm for generations, Schnepf Farms is a verified “Arizona Treasure,” visited by a quarter of a million people each year for its organic gardens, bonfires, hayrides, and even a chance to be a “Farmer for the Day.” Farmers-in-training get to visit with the farm animals, plant seeds, and pick veggies.

Check Their Calendar

Seasonal treats are offered year-round. This fall, that means a Pumpkin and Chili Party every Thursday in October. And no matter the time of year, you can even pitch a tent in their campsite for a Phoenix getaway. Talk about falling asleep counting sheep!

Schnepf Farms
24610 South Rittenhouse Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Online: schnepffarms.com

photo: Schnepf Farms

  • HarleyFarms-cc- penny via flickr
  • TractorKids - Schnepf Farms - via website
  • KidsFeedingHorses-Sun Valley Stables-via Chartlotte Stevenson
  • GirlLonghorn-Preston Trails Farm via facebook
  • FarmKids-Oliver Kelley Farm-via Minnesota Historical Society
  • GirlwithChickens via Stratford Ecological Center
  • GirlonTractor-Frying Pan Park Farm via Jennifer Massoni Pardini
  • GirlFeedsGoat-cc-Kurt Wagner via flickr
  • Queens County Corn Maze via Yabome M.K. Casper
  • TwoLlamas-cc-John Cudworth at Westpoor Park via flickr

Where do farm animals roam in your neck of the woods? Share with us in the Comments below!

—Jennifer Massoni Pardini