Indian Ladder Farms | Kids Out and About Albany

Indian Ladder Farms

Indian Ladder Farms is an apple orchard with a farm market featuring fresh produce, local foods and unique gifts along with a cafe and bakery. The farm offers pick your own blueberries, raspberries, apples and pumpkins. The farm features a giant sandbox, nature trails along with a number of farm animals. We offer Farm Tours for all ages focusing on Honey Bees and Pollination, Baby Animals, Apples, and Farm-to-Table! ---------- The summer Barn School at Indian Ladder Farms takes advantage of our great location to explore the farm and the natural world in general and our barnyard animals, gardens, and orchards in particular. We offer summer day programs and activities that encourage children to understand the connection between food, health, and the environment. We love animals and life on the farm! We believe in having fun, working hard and following the children’s lead in our explorations. Our week-long programs encourage children to participate in farm work, animal care, and while teaching independence, building community, taking responsibility, and encouraging teamwork to get the job done! -------- Honey Bee and Pollination Tour (best May and June, but popular through August) Approximately 60 minutes. Participants of all ages will enjoy learning firsthand about the fascinating lives of honey bees and their important role in pollination on an apple orchard. Search for the queen bee in our observation hive. Watch the bees hard at work in the hive as while learning about the jobs in a honeybee colony. Touch, taste, and smell the products from the hive – honey, beeswax, propolis and more. Learn about beekeeping. Tour includes a walk on the farm, see the animals and find bees at work. ------- Apple Farm Tour: Approximately 60 minutes. (Fall only) Participants will hike up Mount Mac with a spectacular view of the Helderberg Escarpment, learn about Johnny Appleseed, visit the apple orchard, talk about pollination, harvesting, take a behind-the-scenes visit to the packing house and cider press, and of course, interact with our farm animals. All the while, they are learning about farming and caring for the land, where their food comes from, local history, and so much more. Participants will receive a snack of an apple and a glass of cider. ------ Baby Farm Animal Tour April 11th- May 4th, 2018 (no tours on Mondays) Approximately 75-90 minutes. Every spring Indian Ladder Farms comes to life with sights, sounds, smells and touch. Come into our Baby Animal Barn where tour participants will see, pet and learn about chicks, turkey poults, ducklings, goslings, bunnies, lambs, goat kids, piglets, and calves. Visit our new Goat Playground and learn about goat behavior while cheering on our lively goat kids as they romp and play with toys. In our Farm Animal Learning Center, visitors will explore the interdependence between animals and people and learn about a range of farm animal products and their uses. Tour our outdoor farm animal exhibits of adult cows, pigs, goats, sheep and poultry to see what baby farm animals will look like when they are all grown up. These limited spots fill up fast! ------- Farm-To-Table Tour (60-75 minutes) Where does our food come from? Connect with the sources of local food on our walking tour of the farm! Visitors will learn how farms work to protect the environment while providing us with the fresh and healthy things we eat and drink. Sustainable agriculture, pollination and honey, our herb garden, and livestock products are some of the fun and interesting things we will learn about! Plant a seed to take home! As with all of our tours, the content is tailored to meet the needs of your group.
Open hours: 
Sunday: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Monday: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am-6:00 pm
We offer educational programs for children as well as field trips for groups to learn about farm-to-table, apples, farm animals and honey bees.