Video created by Alex Hoefer, a student at Sunflower Farm



Sunflower Farm Mission Statement:

To cultivate an appreciation for farming, nature and our sustainable future by providing a place of mindful education and memories through daily farm routines, experiential play, family time together and stillness.

School Age Farm School Mission Statement:

Sunflower Farm offers a self directed farm experience for registered home schooled children. Children pursue interests in their own way, and at their own pace, and are free to explore the farm in a way that they find meaningful. While doing so, we understand that we are caretakers of the farm and all are required to give back to the farm daily with chores. This can be feeding and care for the animals, gardening, harvesting sunflowers, helping with irrigation, or whatever needs arise on the farm that day. The children’s interests generally weave into the care taking of the farm in a way that is allowed, encouraged, and supported by caring adults.

One important aspect of this program is because it is self-directed, we follow the natural rhythms of the day and of the children. We find it is very beneficial for children with special needs who attend class with a therapist or a paraprofessional. They can use the farm along with weaving in and out of our group setting as highly beneficial to their individual growth and development. Not only is it beneficial for those children who have special needs, but for all children as we have the time to truly listen and learn from one another in a nature based setting.

prospective families

We would love to have you visit a current class so you can meet the kids and families and make sure it’s a good fit for all. Our kids love to give tours, tell you all the exciting things they get to do and welcome new friends.

To schedule this visit, please send Emilie an email.


  • FALL-WINTER-SPRING Aug. 15, 2019 – May 23, 2020 (37 weeks)
    9-3pm Monday-Thursday (St. Vrain School Calendar)


1 day week—$2,775
2 days/week—$5,550
3 days/week—$8,325
4 days/week—$11,100

A registration fee of a non-refundable $75 reserves space for the fall.


Emilie HIlgers,  former SproutHouse Director

Emilie HIlgers,
former SproutHouse Director

I have always loved lambs. I had one when I was little on my rural hobby farm in Minnesota.  They intrigue me with their absolute joy of being alive.  I want to do that.  

I started out that way, but traditional education did a number on me but I didn't know (or my parents didn't) there was any other way. Perhaps a softer, more organic way of learning?  

And I loved littles, of all kind both animal and human.  After high school I started my college career in Education.  After 20+ years of teaching and directing in various preschool programs, and kind of becoming disenfranchised, I landed at Sunflower Farm.

It called me to a place with kids that I had never explored. I knew I was home.  I knew there was more, just like that little girl knew way back when.

And I am so happy to offer this to not so little people again, so we can grow together in a very natural, organic way.

I love my 17 year old son, my cat Maybelle, my family, natural health remedies, outdoors, watching and learning about human behavior, cooking, and biking.