Harvest Homestead


About Harvest Homestead Program

Grades 2 - 8 

This program provides a snack, cider tasting and a dipped candle for each student. 

September marks our early apple season and all things related to the rich flavors of autumn’s bounty. “Let your children gather your apples”, said the first American Farmer’s Manual. It continued, “Children are the farmer’s richest blessing, and when trained to habits of industry,

they become the best members of society.”

Come celebrate the apple harvest with us, discovering what life was like working and living on a late 19th century farm. Enjoy the daily adventures of a homesteading family, learning from their skills and craftsmanship. Drop by the old cider press and partake in making your own juice. We’ll visit the heirloom corn and pumpkin patch and bring in the harvest together. 

What to Expect 


Students are introduced to a variety of workshops and activities led by people on a 19th-century farm. They learn about the trades and responsibilities of apple farmers and how people in the past relied on one another for products and survival. This content rich program will have students expend excess energy as they perform hands-on activities at several stations in our historic orchard and provide follow up materials that align themselves closely with the standards of Common Core.

Program Activities May Include:

  •  Making traditional apple crisp

  • Seasonal cooking workshop and food preservation

  • Apple coring and peeling

  • Coffee grinding and helping with kitchen chores

  • Cider pressing and tasting

  • Orchard tour and discussion on regional apple farming history

  • Visit to the corn and pumpkin garden

  • Corn grinding and shucking

  • Discussion on homestead trades

  • Dipping a candle to take home

  • 19th century games

Time: 10 am to 1:30 pm (Start times may vary, depending on school schedule)

Dates: Tuesdays - Fridays during the following months:

Fall Only: (September - November)


Student Cost: $15.00

Teachers & School Staff: Free Admission

Adult Chaperones: $10.00, Please Note: One adult per twenty students is required.


Policies & Payment 

Please complete and send our Reservation Request Form below for full company policies and payment. You may also call our main office for questions regarding program details and reservations.


Chaperones:  Adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during their visit to Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard.


Deposit: A $250 non-refundable deposit is due within 30 days of field trip registration. Program dates will not be held if deposit is not received within 30 days. The remaining balance, after subtracting the $250.00 deposit, will be due the day of your field trip. We recognize that student numbers can and do change, so fees will be adjusted based on the number of students attending up to 2 weeks prior to the day of your tour. We regret that we are not able to accept purchase orders so please plan to pay by cash, check or credit card when you arrive.

Weather: Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard field trips take place rain or shine. Please encourage your class to dress appropriately for outdoor activities. 


In the event of severe weather... During heavy rain or severe weather Stone Soup Farm may cancel your field trip the day of the tour by calling the phone number you provide. If Stone Soup Farm cancels your field trip due to severe weather, we will make every effort to reschedule your group on an alternative date.

Phone: (951) 458-5382      Email:  programs@stonesoupfarmca.com