6 Kinds of Corporate Events and Why They’re Important for Your Team

Though it may seem counterintuitive, disrupting your everyday schedule can significantly improve productivity for you and your team. What’s more, getting into a natural environment can help boost creativity and innovation. Essentially, fresh air can help create fresh ideas.

Whether you’re looking to jumpstart a new business venture or are hoping to show your team just how much you appreciate them, you’ll want to consider hosting your next corporate event at a fun, unique location. Port Farms, a premier barn venue in northwestern Pennsylvania, is an ideal spot for your next business gathering. In this post, we lay out six common corporate events, why they’re essential for your team, and how we can help make them great.

Developing Corporate Culture

Corporate culture is the combination of shared values, attitudes, and practices that define a business. It is typically an implied facet of the organization rather than something that is explicitly stated. Over time, a company’s culture develops based on the personality traits, interactions, and relationships that form among staff.

A healthy corporate culture encourages participation, reinforces the company’s values and mission, and prioritizes the well-being of its employees. Businesses that boast a healthy culture realize a variety of organizational benefits, such as:

  • Better employee retention
  • A positive reputation
  • Stronger relationships among coworkers
  • Optimal decision-making

If maintaining a healthy organizational culture is part of your business plan, consider giving your team the chance to step away from their desks and into the fresh air for a corporate event at Port Farms.

man speaking in front of a group at a corporate dinner; outdoor setting with participants seated at tables

1. Conferences

Conferences are informational gatherings that prioritize knowledge sharing, networking, and guest lectures. Whether they last only one day or extend over the course of a week, conferences bring executive leadership, employees, and other key stakeholders into the same space to work toward a shared vision. Though a local auditorium can serve as an acceptable venue, getting out for a change of scenery can turn your corporate conference into a fun, engaging day for all involved.

2. Executive Retreats and Meetings

An efficient team of top-level executives is crucial to running a successful company. As such, it’s critical to keep those stakeholders happy, engaged, and motivated. Executive meetings and retreats can help get your company on the right path toward successful business development, organizational planning, and goal setting. To keep new and creative ideas flowing during these meetings, consider breaking out of the board room and hosting at a space that helps foster innovation and efficiency.

3. Product Launches

If you’re looking to release a new product, you might consider holding a launch event to showcase your latest invention. It’ll give you the chance to thank key stakeholders, boost your marketing and advertising campaigns, and get consumers excited. Launch events typically alert the media to the buzz surrounding your product and range in style from flashy and formal to relaxed and casual. With that in mind, you’ll want to host at an equally versatile venue.

large group of people having fun outside

4. Appreciation Events

Showing your team just how much you appreciate them is a great way to boost morale and keep your workforce motivated. Typically, these gatherings step outside of formal roles and rigid structures that can sometimes be present at other kinds of corporate events. Instead, they focus on building genuine connections, showcasing stand-out employees, and strengthening your corporate culture. A day full of farm-fresh foods, exciting activities, and thoughtfully planned team-building exercises is a great way to demonstrate just how much you care for your employees.

5. Company Milestones

Be it an anniversary event or the celebration of a well-struck deal, getting your employees and stakeholders to celebrate company milestones is a great way to showcase your success. Similar in nature to appreciation events, a milestone party is a great way to keep everyone engaged and motivated toward future achievements.

6. Team-Building

Team-building events are designed to strengthen corporate culture, create stronger bonds between employees, and improve communication and collaboration. Additionally, engaged employees help their organizations bring in nearly double the annual net income of those that are less engaged. Among other benefits, team-building activities help employees and managers:

  • Be creative
  • Feel more comfortable together
  • Recognize leaders
  • Discover talents
  • Boost energy
  • Meet others within the organization

Port Farms offers a wide range of team-building activities on location, including giant slide races, relay races, tug-o-war, and more.

several people seated at a table in front of notebooks

Choose Port Farms for Your Next Corporate Event

To show how much you value your employees, customers, and other stakeholders, consider taking a trip outside the confines of boardrooms and office buildings and into a thoughtful, well-planned day of engagement. At Port Farms, our temperature-controlled barn has audiovisual capabilities, space to host full-group or breakout sessions, and a robust package of team-building activities that can help your team feel bonded and connected.

Stay for a few hours or join us for the entire day. We offer several packages to best meet your needs, including farm-fresh meals and specially planned add-on activities. No matter your goals, we have what you need to strengthen your corporate culture, improve employee engagement, and keep you and your team geared up for success.

If you’re ready to start planning your next big success, contact Port Farms today!

14 Barn Wedding Venue Ideas Every Bride Should Know

Feature image by Kelsey Frey Photography

From breathtaking photography backdrops to fresh-picked florals, a barn wedding venue can be the perfect place for a rustic and romantic wedding. Whether couples want a laid-back, boho-chic atmosphere or a high-end, Southern-charm aesthetic, anything is possible!

If you’re interested in learning more about all the possibilities that come with a barn wedding, Port Farms, northern Pennsylvania’s premier barn wedding venue, has compiled this list of ideas to help enhance your special day.

1. Styled Invitations

Styled invitations give your guests a little glimpse of what to expect at your wedding. Neutral colors, floral details, and tasteful illustrations of the barn itself can give your friends and family a peek at your day-of aesthetics. Plus, your guests will welcome the heads-up when dressing themselves for your big day.

2. Embrace the Season

If you live in the northeastern region of the U.S., you’ll probably agree that winter isn’t a great time to have an outdoor-themed wedding. But spring, summer, and fall come to life with beautiful florals, enchanting skyscapes, and bursts of natural color. With so much beauty in the landscape, you can minimize your decor for a clean, natural look or upscale it with personalized additions and features to lean into all the seasons have to offer.

3. On-Site Rehearsal Dinner

We all know the pre-wedding schedule can be stressful, but having your rehearsal dinner at your wedding venue can save you a lot of headache. You’ll eliminate the need to make one more dinner reservation for a large party and better understand how your wedding day will flow. Don’t be shy about checking with your hosts to see if there’s space for the wedding party to stay the night at the farm. If there’s space, it’s likely there for you to use.

4. Get Ready in the Farm House

Having the entire wedding party together on the big day is essential, but keeping it all on-site offers a more relaxed, easy experience for all involved. Invite your hairstylists and makeup artists, pop open a bottle of bubbly, and let the celebration begin the moment you arrive on site.

Wedding party standing on bridge over small stream surrounded by green meadows

5. Dazzling Photography Backdrops

Whether your location has rolling hills, gorgeous meadows, or pristine farm views, barn weddings come equipped with a natural photo backdrop that makes every moment picture perfect. Your guest will enjoy exploring what the scenery has to offer, and you’ll be thankful to have so many memories that perfectly capture the joy of your wedding.

6. Create Your Own Aisle

Lean into your decor choices by creating your own aisle for you and your love to walk down. Floral edges, manicured hay bails, or barrel planters can help you maintain the rustic ambiance while highlighting your personal style.

7. Rustic Tablescapes

Go DIY with Mason jars and watering can bouquets, or let your florist get creative with a pure green tablescape. Add a few candle tapers at varying heights for the perfect balance of rustic decor and elegant touches. No matter the vibe, a beautiful table set in a wooden barn is sure to take your guests’ breath away.

8. Decorate with Greenery

Natural decor is the perfect accompaniment to a barn wedding. If you’re going for a minimalist style, we recommend soft greens to compliment the barn’s natural wood tones. If you want more color and excitement, consider working with a florist who uses locally sourced, fresh flowers to give your guests a different kind of farm-to-table experience.

Don’t forget: wreaths aren’t just for the holidays. A few floral wreaths on barn doors or walls can dress up the space in an instant.

9. Ambient Lighting

Twinkle lights, Edison bulbs, candles, and more. The soft lighting of a barn wedding keeps your celebration intimate and peaceful. Enjoy the natural glow of your day with lighting that matches your atmosphere and mood.

10. Creative Rentals

Consider renting vintage couches and chairs to create a lounge area for your guests. If the weather complies, you might consider setting up on the property for more outdoor options. Alternatively, reserve a small corner of the dance floor or standing area to drop a few welcoming couches and give your guests some time off their feet.

11. Family-Style Meals

Serve up a family-style meal, and your guests are sure to feel right at home. If you can, find a caterer who offers farm-to-table cuisine to really take the experience to the next level. Your friends and family will love the chance to get to know their tablemates, and you’ll maintain the authenticity of a barn wedding throughout the entire celebration.

12. DIY Photo Booth

A DIY photo booth is a fun, welcoming way to keep your guests entertained. You can hire a photographer to stay close by or let guests get creative with their own snapshots. Either way, you’ll end up with a scrapbook’s worth of photos to look back on.

13. Upscale Your Bar Area

It’s no secret that wedding guests love a good bar, so don’t be shy about dressing yours up for the evening. Whether it’s a rusted-out wheelbarrow full of beer (a beer barrow, if you will) or an old wooden canoe full of bottled water and soft drinks, there are many ways to get creative with your drink station. If you’re hiring a bar service for the evening, consider crafting a bar table out of old pallets, wooden ladders, or vintage tables.

14. Grow the Perfect Party Favors

If you have a favorite local flower, consider growing seed starters to give to your guests as party favors. Put them in simple clay pots, and they can double as placeholders for seating arrangements. And if you’re not a green thumb, don’t worry–instead, consider offering your guests seed packets so they can grow their own gardens as you grow your life as a happy couple.

Say “I Do” to a Barn Wedding

Barn weddings bridge the gap between indoor and outdoor weddings. You’ll have the peace of mind of knowing there can always be a roof over your head while also having the flexibility to enjoy an evening outdoors. The food, decor, and atmosphere can all be tailored to your tastes and preferences, ensuring your special day is just what you dreamed it would be.

If you’d like to learn more about hosting a barn wedding at Port Farms, check out our weddings page today. Alternatively, you can visit our website to see what Port Farms has to offer for you and your wedding guests to make your special day the best it can be.

6 Family-Friendly 2021 Fall Activities in Erie, Pennsylvania

Maybe it’s how the leaves change from solid green to a spectrum of reds, oranges, and yellows. Or the curiously comforting chill that rides on the air. Perhaps it’s the array of soul-warming spices that get sprinkled into freshly-made baked goods, coffees, and ciders. Whatever it is, autumn holds a special place in our hearts.

To make the most of this magical season, Port Farms, your go-to location for kids attractions, pumpkin picking, and seasonal events, jotted down a list of six family-friendly fall activities to do in Erie, Pennsylvania this season.

1. Downtown Fall Fest

Trying to get a taste of fall without leaving the city? Whether you’re visiting Erie or a resident, you’re sure to enjoy the 3rd Annual Downtown Fall Fest. This family-friendly event is taking place on October 24th from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Downtown Fall Fest is packed with activities such as:

  • Classic car Trunk or Treat Line
  • Kids’ costume contest
  • Drum circle

What’s more, the Downtown Fall Fest is free, located in Griswold Park, and hosted by The Oasis Market and Erie Downtown Partnership. On top of activities fun for friends and family, the Downtown Fall Fest also has:

  • Harvest produce
  • Vendors
  • Live entertainment
  • Local food and beverages

More details and vendors will be announced as the date approaches.

2. Kooky Spooky

Photo courtesy of the Erie Children’s Museum.

Kooky Spooky is a trick-or-treat activity operated and organized by the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum with younger children in mind. During the activity, children can collect stamps, candy, and other treats. In addition to trick-or-treating, the museum has guessing games, pumpkin picking and decorating, and a corn maze. Admission also allows you and your family to explore all of what the museum has to offer.

On Sunday, October 31st, the activity takes place from 12 PM to 2 PM and 3 PM to 5 PM, with a break in between to follow cleaning protocols. There are a limited number of tickets available, so reserve your spot soon.

3. ZooBOO

Discovering a place that’s the right amount of “spooky” for younger children is difficult, but the employees and volunteers for ZooBOO at the Erie Zoo will make your search quick and simple. On top of permitting trick or treating activities for those of all ages, ZooBOO has a Spooky Scavenger Hunt, live music from DJ Bill Page’s Spooky Jukebox, and even the famous Eerie Express train. The event also features:

  • Chick-fil-A Talking Pumpkin in the Children’s Zoo Adventure Center
  • Sonic Drive-In Make-A Monster Contest in Center Zoo
  • Chick-fil-A Photo Spot in Wild Things Theater – What are the cows trying to spell?
  • Mason Farms Corn Maze in Adventure Woods
  • Various nights of entertainment by Once Upon a Party, The Magic of Cliff Hopkins & Kelly, and more
  • Food from Lombardo’s Concessions and Fowler’s Taffy nightly at the GrubsHub

While ZooBOO takes place Wednesday through Sunday every week until October 30th, the staff recommends purchasing tickets ahead of time so that they may plan accordingly for food, candy, and more. You’ll even receive a discount for purchasing ahead of time. What’s more, if you and your children are animal lovers, know that you’ll be funding the Erie Zoo’s animal care and daily operations by purchasing a ticket.

4. Pumpkin Patch Hunt

Two children in Halloween costumes in Asbury Woods.
Photo courtesy of Asbury Woods.

Interested in outdoor, fall fun? Head to Asbury Woods for a short hike through nature to find and choose the perfect pumpkin! Once your young ones have picked their pumpkin, it’s time to decorate. After they have been decorated to their heart’s content, your children can take these pumpkins home just in time for Halloween. This activity is perfect for families who want to refrain from making a mess of their pumpkins indoors and explore their full creativity with no bounds.

Ideally, this event is for children ages 2 to 6, accompanied by an adult. Asbury Woods’ Pumpkin Patch Hunt takes place on Sunday, October 17th, and Saturday, October 23, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at the Nature Center.

5. Peek’n Peak Fall Fest

The Peek’n Peak Fall Fest makes fall fun for those of all ages! Between the beautiful scenery surrounding the resort and the myriad of activities available, there is much to do. Observe the craft show with more than 100 vendors, farmers’ market, live entertainment, shop around, and so much more.

The fall fest also has a zone designed specifically for kids, which has:

  • A Rock Wall
  • An Extreme Jump
  • Inflatables
  • Face Painting & Balloon Animals
  • Pony Rides
  • A Train
  • Kids Crafts

Visit the site for photographs from past festivals and more information regarding the current events schedule. The fall fest takes place on October 16th and 17th from 10 AM to 5 PM.

6. Fall Harvest Festival

Relish in the crisp autumn air and experience the Fall Harvest Festival at Port Farms. Our sprawling farm in Erie County has oodles of activities that are a blast for kids young and old—heck, even for adults! Come pick up your pumpkins, enjoy some sweet and savory snacks, and walk our new corn maze. Among our seasonal festivities, we have over 37 attractions available for adults, teens, and children, such as:

Adventure Course
Ball Zone
Barnyard Fort
Bee Bungalow
Bessie the Cow
Cattle Chute Maze
Corn Box
Corn Maze
Diggit Pit
Game Garden
Gem Mining (Closed for 2021 Season)
Giant Rocking Chair – Great Photo Opportunity
Goat Mountain
Hay Ride
Hoppy Toad Corral
Jumpkin Patch
Little Farmer Playland
No Left Turn Maze
Pasture Paintball (Extra Charge)
Pedal Carts
Slide Mountain
Tire Fort
Trike Track
Apple Cannons (Extra Charge)
Live Music on Weekends – New Attraction for 2021
Tiny Town – New Attraction for 2021
Beer Garden (Saturday-Sunday) – New Attraction for 2021
Ropes Course – New Attraction for 2021
Mural Trail – New Attraction for 2021

Visit our site today for general admission tickets and view our bargain bundles and super specials for discounts. The Fall Harvest Festival takes place from September 18th to October 31st every Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Fall Fun

At Port Farms, we understand the importance of spending time with family and friends. As a family-owned and operated farm for over four generations, we’ve put emphasis on the family experience. Buy your tickets to the Fall Harvest Festival today and get ready to make exciting new memories. For more information, call us at 814-796-4500 or fill out our contact form. We can’t wait to see you and your loved ones out on the farm this fall!

14 Things To Do In Erie, PA

From breweries and beaches to water parks and family farms, this lakeside city has more to offer than most people know. Whether you’re here to find some family fun, party with your friends, or a mix of both, Port Farms is highlighting 14 things to do in Erie, PA.

1. Presque Isle State Park

Soak up some sun, hike some trails, catch some fish, or get some good eats—Presque Isle State Park has just about everything. Established in 1921, Presque Isle is a 3,200-acre peninsula with beautiful beaches, scenic lagoons, and lush forests.

With all of these features, more than 4 million people visit Presque Isle every year (Fun fact: that’s more visitors than Yellowstone National Park!). If you’re heading to the “PI,” here are a few must-dos:

If you’re visiting in the winter, be sure to visit the Tom Ridge Environmental Center Foundation website for more ideas. They have information on hunting, cross-country skiing, ice skating, and more!

2. Tom Ridge Environmental Center

The Tom Ridge Environmental Center during the day.
Photo courtesy of the TRECF.

Speaking of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC)—If you wanted to go to the Presque Isle, but the weather didn’t hold up, pop into the TREC to still get a taste of the peninsula!

The center combines hands-on interactive exhibits, educational programming, conservation efforts, and indoor and outdoor trails to create an engaging experience for those interested in science and earth education. It also provides educational resources for teachers who wish to incorporate environmental education into their teaching curriculums.

3. Waldameer Park & Water World

If you and your family enjoy a little adrenaline rush, then you should consider visiting Waldameer Park & Water World. The amusement park has over 100 rides, slides, and attractions for kids of all ages. Waldameer is also home to the Ravine Flyer II, the 8th Best Wooden Coaster in the World!

Not feeling the rides but still want to take the kids? Waldameer offers free admission into the amusement park

After your day of wicked fast rides, wet and wild water slides, and action-packed arcade games, be sure to grab some grub from their 17 food stands. The funnel cake is a rollercoaster for your taste buds!

4. Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens

A zookeeper at the Erie Zoo interacting with the animals.
Photo courtesy of the Erie Zoo on Facebook.

The Erie Zoo is a classic pitstop for any family. It only takes a couple of hours to walk through, and you’ll see nearly 400 animals and 11 breathtaking botanical gardens. The zoo includes some crowd favorites such as African Lions, Amur Leopards, Southern White Rhinos, and Eastern Gray Kangaroos.

Complete your trip to the Erie Zoo with relaxing rides on the Safariland Train and Wildlife Carousel. If you have time, be sure to drop into the Gift Shop for someone plush, toys, and souvenirs!

5. Erie Art Museum

Museums are an excellent place for learning more about a location’s rich history. The Erie Art Museum, one of Erie’s landmarks, is located right in the heart of downtown Erie and has been inspiring visitors since 1949. With over 7,000 square feet of gallery space, the Erie art museum showcases some of the city’s finest collections. These collections include local, regional, and traveling artists’ work.

The Erie Art Museum also exhibits stoneware pottery, paintings, and metal sculptures. If you want to be more of a creator than an observer, the museum also offers workshops to teach people how to make their own art.

6. ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum

Two children playing doctor at the Erie Children's Museum.
Photo courtesy of the Erie Children’s Museum.

Bringing your kids to Erie on vacation but don’t know where to begin? Try the ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum! While the museum is geared towards children, it doesn’t mean adults won’t have fun too! The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from 1 PM to 5 PM, and admission is just $8 per person (children two years old and under are free).

ExpERIEnce features over 25 hands-on exhibitions and various programs for children of all ages. With three floors of fun and an outdoor classroom, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about math, science, art, culture, literacy, and wellness.

7. Presque Isle Downs & Casino

If you’re looking for a night of live entertainment and want to win big, Presque Isle Downs & Casino should be on your list! Since opening over 20 years ago, Presque Isle Downs has become a staple in Erie’s entertainment scene. Attracting people from all around Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York, many have traveled to enjoy live horse races and gaming options featuring hundreds of slot machines.

Today, Presque Isle Downs & Casino is recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s best gambling destinations. The casino has more than 30 table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, and Craps; 7 poker tables; 50 sports betting kiosks; 1,500 video reel slots; live horse racing; and entertainment every night of the week.

8. Port Farms

Sunflower field at Port Farms's Flower Festival.

Port Farms is one of your go-to sources for family fun in Erie, PA. Established in 1897, we’ve become so much more than a pumpkin patch and source of local produce. From concerts and corporate events to weddings and seasonal festivities, there’s always something happening on the farm!

In addition to our seasonal event passes, we offer general admission to the public that includes access to over 37 attractions! In addition to our attractions, we regularly hold seasonal events for people of all ages, such as:

9. Erie Playhouse

What better way to end a romantic dinner date than with a show? Founded in 1916, the Erie Playhouse is one of the oldest community theatres in the United States. The Erie Playhouse has been home to various types of productions in its early years, including drama, comedy, and vaudeville shows.

However, throughout its history as a live performance venue, there have been many changes to how it operates, including community outreach initiatives and arts education. In fact, Strand Theater, a former movie house, was once at its current location.

Today, the Playhouse hosts all sorts of events, from ballet to musicals to plays! With over 12,000 square feet available, the theater can accommodate up to nearly 500 people. Make sure to check out their schedule for upcoming shows and events!

10. Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park

Children playing in the water at Splash Lagoon.
Photo courtesy of Splash Lagoon.

From pools and slides to arcade games and surf machines, there are many different attractions that Splash Lagoon has to offer. But people come to Splash Lagoon for more than just the fun and games! Splash Lagoon is an 80,000 square foot Polynesian-themed indoor water park composed of slides and games for families with young children.

If you’re interested in water park fun but want to stay indoors, plan a visit to Splash Lagoon! You can even ditch the admission lines and long wait times with Splash Lagoon’s super simple check-in process.

11. Lake Erie Speedway

Ready to put the pedal to the metal? Look no further than the Lake Erie Speedway! Built in 2002, the speedway is a racetrack located in Erie County, Pennsylvania. The track hosts both stock car and motorcycle racing events throughout the year, as well as monster truck rallies, with most of them occurring during the summer months.

In addition to hosting these types of competitions at speeds up to 150 mph, other activities take place at the speedway like camping, wine tours, and miniature golf! With so many different ways to have fun after an event—or if you get bored while waiting for one to start—there’s no reason not to take advantage of the events held at Lake Erie Speedway!

12. Erie County Historical Society

Erie's Hagen History Center / Erie County Historical Society.
Photo courtesy of Erie History.

Yet another significant museum showcasing Erie’s history, the Erie County Historical Society at the Hagen History Center, includes over 40,000 artifacts and objects that citizens of the county donated. The exhibit takes up six floors, displaying different aspects of life from decades past: farmlands to railroads; industry to education; military affairs to public works projects like roads and bridges.

The Historical Society is an independent nonprofit organization that maintains archival materials related to Erie County’s past: photographs, paintings, maps, scrapbooks, and more than 150 years’ worth of local newspapers from across Pennsylvania. If you want to learn everything you can about Erie’s history, this is the place to visit.

13. Erie Maritime Museum

Located near a plethora of bars and restaurants, the Erie Maritime Museum is a nautical museum with displays that feature the history of Great Lakes sailing freighters and steam-powered tugboats. The museum is perfect if you’re looking for something free and educational to do or need an activity to wait out the rain one afternoon.

First established in 1998, the museum also serves as a port for the recreated model of the U.S. Brig Niagara, a ship used in the War of 1812. The museum features exhibits regarding other types of watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, rowboats, motorboats, and model ships and shipbuilding techniques.

14. Breweries

Photo courtesy of the Erie Brewing Co.

Erie, PA is becoming a go-to location for craft beer lovers. With over a dozen breweries, you can make a whole day out trying this lakeside city’s finest brews. If you want an ever-growing list of breweries, check out the Lake Erie Ale Trail site.

Many breweries have implemented new ideas into their beers, making them popular among people who want to experiment with different brews, like:

  • Using non-traditional ingredients
  • Decreasing water content
  • Increasing nutritional value and alcohol by volume (ABV) content

Visiting Erie, PA

If you live near Erie, PA, or are visiting soon, be sure not to miss out on these gems in the Gem City! With plenty of beautiful parks, lakeside trails, museums, theaters, and other attractions, this city has something for everyone. If you’re ready to dive into your next Erie activity, head on out to Port Farms to kickoff vacation or your weekend!

8 Events You Can Host at a Farm

Many small farms have created a multi-functional event component to their business. This feature of some local farms, such as Port Farms, opens up a myriad of opportunities for people looking to make their next event stand out. From weddings and baby showers to corporate events and luncheon meetings, Port Farms lists eight events you can host at a farm.

1. Anniversary Parties

If you have an anniversary coming up, make it a celebration by finding a unique farm venue. Getting creative is a great way to keep the passion burning between you and your partner.

If you’re going by anniversary traditions, the fifth anniversary typically involves something wooden. Trees are a symbol of prosperity, strength, and wisdom. There is no better way to celebrate your fifth anniversary and recognize the significance of the day than with an event inside a wooden barn.

2. Baby Showers

If you’re looking to make a baby shower extra special, consider hosting it at a barn and having an engaging farm theme. Farms have a versatile setting that often allows you to have your event indoors, outdoors or both.

A couple having a pink-themed baby shower on a farm.

Depending on the season, you’ll want to book your barn/farm venue at least two months in advance. If your plan is in the heart of the summer, consider booking it three to four months ahead of time since you’ll be competing with the height of the wedding season. That said, you should also consider whether or not the farm offers cooler spaces or air conditioning.

3. Charity Events and Fundraisers

With the popularity of barn events, many farm owners have updated their amenities to ensure that they’re able to accommodate your vision, especially if you want a rustic barn vibe and an elegant evening. Such amenities include lighting, air conditioning, and plumbing. For companies and organizations looking for a space for their next charity event, a farm should be at the top of your consideration list.

Not only will it make your event stand out, but you’ll also be helping out a local farm! While it may seem like a small gesture to work with a small business, it makes a big difference. Currently, many locally-owned American Farms are in crisis mode due to extensive commercial farming and automation.

4. Classes and Workshops

Are you looking for a unique venue to host your growing classes and workshops? A barn can hold a significant number of people while still maintaining an element of closeness that is often necessary for instruction. From gardening and homesteading to creating a healthy corporate culture and improving leadership skills, we’ve seen classes and workshops about almost everything! Our spacious land and events barn allow for a wide range of activities to take place.

Woman in white t-shirt and red and white plaid pants holding brown and white bird.

The length of workshops vary considerably. According to the University of Kansas, a short workshop is between 45-90 minutes, medium-length is 90 minutes-3 hours, and long is 3+ hours. Port Farms can accommodate a range of class times — from short to half-day sessions, all the way to to all-day sessions.

5. Corporate Events, Luncheons, and Meetings

Need to get out of the office and stretch your legs? Your local farm will provide you with the perfect opportunity to get back to nature and out of the confines of a cubicle. Here at Port Farms, we offer a number of team-building activities that will inspire creativity and get your team pumped for the upcoming work season.

Should you choose Port Farms for your next corporate event or luncheon, know that you’ll have the option to enjoy a catered, farm-fresh meal. Just give us a shout, and we’ll do the rest.

6. Weddings and Wedding Showers

Most farms have a barn on the property, but not all are created equal or fit the same purpose. We at Port Farms have designed our barn in such a way to make it a perfect place to have your wedding. From the rustic look of the wood to the venue’s picturesque views, all of a farm’s features add charm to your special day.

Bride, groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids exiting a barn

But don’t feel like just because farms are out in the country that the wedding itself has to be country-themed. You can dress up or dress down as much as your heart desires.

7. Family Reunions

There’s nothing quite like coming together for a family reunion. On top of coordinating the time and date, determining the right location can be challenging, especially if you have a large number of people to accommodate — or even a smaller number of pickier people.

Farms can often accommodate small to large groups and offer affordable packages. Farm venues are exceptional for providing a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere where everyone can simply enjoy the company of their loved ones.

8. Field Trips

What better way to get kids engaged in their education than to take them to an outdoor learning farm? According to a study conducted by Emilyn Ruble Whitesell, Ph.D. at NYU Steinhardt, students who went on and participated in a science-based field trip improved their state test scores.

Young children investigating animals while on a field trip at a farm.

Field trips often provide students with a few hours—or even a full day—of relaxation while still ensuring that they’re learning along the way. Not only can field trips increase a student’s knowledge of a particular subject or experience, but they may also create new memories and friendships to last a lifetime.

Plan Your Next Event at Port Farms!

If you’ve been searching endlessly for a destination that will accommodate all of your needs, look no further than Port Farms. From a timbered barn venue with air conditioning and electricity to spacious land available for a number of different events and activities, we have it all. For more information on what we have to offer, subscribe to our newsletter or get in touch by filling out our contact form!