Summertime fun at Tollgate!

MSU Tollgate Farm July 2017

Tollgate Garden Open House

A Mid-Summer Garden Celebration!

July 22, 2017
4pm - 7pm

There is so much
to do!
  • Tour the gardens
  • Enjoy live music
  • Take a hayride through the back fields
  • Shop for gifts
  • Learn about plants and gardening
Tollgate Farm has over 20 gardens to enjoy. There will be musicians, artists, and vendors on the farm to display their crafts.  Tollgate Garden Volunteers will be available for informational presentations on garden topics and will guide you through the gardens.  There will be hayrides and walking tours to highlight the Tollgate grounds and gardens.  Come join us for an evening on the farm! Please, no pets and no alcohol. Thank you.

Evenings in the Garden
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 pm

Two new classes are coming:
August 24 - Cheryl M. English

Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for the Michigan Garden

The amazing variety of native woodies is not only beautiful; they "play well with others" while providing key habitat for native fauna. Cheryl English is a popular and accomplished gardener, writer, potter, artist, and lecturer.

September 14 - Nick Zimmer

Fall Container Planting

Attend this demonstration and go home with the knowledge and inspiration to create your own beautiful fall color container. You can even purchase plants or a finished pot onsite! Nick Zimmer is the founder and owner of Willow Greenhouse, "The Greenest Nursery in Southeast Michigan."

Registration will open soon. Check our website for more info:
Farm Sprouts Preschool Program

How does compost help a garden grow? Ask these preschoolers! They spent the spring season experimenting in our garden and greenhouse and interacting with our animals to build on their understandings of life cycles and our local Michigan ecosystem. The learning and fun will continue this fall!

We're currently registering for our fall season of our Farm Sprouts Preschool Program:
Calling All Teachers!

It's not too early to schedule a fall field trip for your students to Tollgate Farm and Education Center. Fall is a fascinating time to visit the farm for our Harvest Farm Ecology program. Enjoy the fall colors on your wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. Learn about the life cycles of pumpkins and apples. Meet our farm animals, pick apples, press ciders, and enjoy a tasty snack of doughnuts and cider. Bring your students to the farm for some fresh fall air and research-based programs that help your students learn where their food comes from.
Popular with school and community groups alike, our March maple sugaring program investigates the natural sweet treat native to Michigan. From tapping to tools through time, discover the making one of Michigan's finest treasures - maple syrup. This standards-based science and history program is experiential in nature and can be geared to any age or grade.

Schools are calling now to reserve dates for our Sheep to Sweater and Spring into Farming programs for spring 2018!   
Program dates fill fast, so call 248-347-0269 ext 227
or email to schedule your visit today. 

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Summer Camp Adventures

Lots of good old-fashioned outdoor fun is taking place this summer Tollgate. This past week, campers enjoyed Survival Camp with plenty of outdoor adventures and hands-on learning. 
 Check out our blog to follow the adventures happening at Tollgate Farm Summer Camp!  
Pumpkinfest 2017
Save the dates:

Saturday & Sunday,
7th - 8th

Please bring your friends and family and join us for a fun fall destination at Pumpkinfest 2017!

Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin. Food, music, farm animals, educational exhibits, and children's activities make for a great fall outing for all ages.  
This special event is a fundraiser for educational programming at the farm. Entry, educational exhibits, children's area, and music are free of charge. Tickets sold for cash or credit are required for pumpkins, food, and select children's activities. There is a charge for parking.

Also, check out our  Pumpkinfest volunteer opportunities!

Pumpkinfest 2017
Zoey (L) and Max (R)
New Horses

As of Monday July 10 we have five new equine faces on loan for summer camp! Let us introduce them to you:

Tulsa - light yellow, spotted Appaloosa, mare

Max - yellow body, black legs/mane/tail, gelding (pictured, right)

Zoey - red/brown body, white face, white markings on legs, freeze brand on left shoulder, mare (pictured, left)

Jade - white horse, mare

Ellie - brown body, minimal white on face, freeze brand on left flank, mare

They are friendly but, of course, always exercise caution when around large animals.

You may be wondering about what looks like "blindfolds" on some of the horses' heads. They may be wearing fly masks. These are made of mesh material and the horses can see perfectly fine through them.

The next time you visit Tollgate, don't forget to say "hello!" to these beauties.
This month's 4-H Newsletter is here!

Oakland County 4-H Connections is a monthly newsletter for 4-H members, families, and the general community with news and information about 4-H Youth Development activities in Oakland County.

July 4-H Connections newsletter
Tollgate Volunteer Opportunities

There are many fun and friendly opportunities to contribute to Tollgate! Join us in the gardens; help with community events, special projects, maple sugaring, or educational programming.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

If you are interested, send us your name, email address, telephone number, and area(s) of interest. As opportunities arise, you'll be contacted. Thank you!

Email: or visit:

Tollgate Volunteer Page
Rent the Tollgate Conference Center

The MSU Tollgate Conference Center, historic barn, and Americana boardroom are available for your next business meeting, bridal or baby shower, or private luncheon. Our event catering staff are available to meet all of your needs.

To learn more about hosting your event at Tollgate, please visit:

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center offers programs throughout the year designed to allow adults and children to experience learning hands-on, explore the joys of gardening and the natural world, appreciate and promote locally grown food, and build community. 
MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Novi, MI 48377
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