Welcome to Briggs Farm

Briggs Farm is a family-owned outdoor adventure and event destination encompassing 560 acres of wooded bluffs, meadows, farmland, and creek bottoms. The farm was one of the first in Winona County, established in 1854 by Norwegian immigrants Halvor and Kari Myhre. Today, the Briggs family maintain a small herd of grass-fed beef cattle on the farm, but most of the property is managed to attract wildlife, including red-tailed fox, whitetail deer, wild turkey, eagles, coyotes, brown trout, wood turtles, hooded warblers, showy lady’s slipper, and jeweled shooting stars, to name just a few.

Stay with Us

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Our three-bedroom farm house is filled with period antiques as well as modern creature comforts. It’s quiet enough to hear birds and crickets and the music of Cedar Valley Creek, and dark enough to see thousands of stars, yet only twenty minutes from the many cultural, recreational, and entertainment options of historic Winona. Plus, you can hike or ski our fifteen miles of trails during your stay.

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Add an Adventure

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With more than fifteen miles of trails, there’s plenty of room for adventure out here. We offer a variety of outdoor adventure packages that you can add to your stay at Briggs Farm. Whether you’re interested in hunting, fishing, birding, wilderness survival training, wild edibles, or guided stargazing, we’re here to help you have a fun and memorable experience.

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Plan Your Event

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We love hosting parties and special events, including family gatherings, weddings, company picnics, kids’ birthday parties, and larger events involving hundreds of people. You can bring your own food and activities, or let Steve fire up the outdoor wood-fired oven so you can make delicious pizzas just the way you like them. You can also add a bonfire, hayride, or mini-adventures with one of our naturalist guides.

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Whether you’re coming for a one-day event or staying a week, host Steve Briggs wants you to have the best experience possible. Feel free to contact him with questions at (507) 450-9902, or use the Reservations page to book your event or adventure today.


Upcoming Events

August – September 2014

Aug
3
Sun
Wild Edibles Walk @ Briggs Farm
Aug 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

hikingYou can find plenty of good things to eat out in the wild—or even your own backyard!—if you know what to look for. Derek Barkeim of Seekers Wild knows exactly what to look for, and he’ll show you, too, on a wild edibles walk through the various habitats of Briggs Farm.

You’ll learn to find, identify, and harvest a variety of wild edible plants, safely and ethically—not only out in the wild, but in your own backyard. You can taste what you pick along the way, and once you’re back from the hike, you can prepare a small meal from your harvest.

If you come…

  • This event is $10 per adult at the farm or $9 in advance (purchase a pass using the Paypal
    Derek+Arial
    Derek and Ariel Barkiem of Seekers Wild

    button below). Kids come along for free.

  • Come prepared for a walk in the woods.
  • Derek will lead walks starting from the farmhouse every hour approximately on the hour (1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm). Free refreshments as well as lawn games will be available at the farmhouse for your enjoyment before and after the walk. You’re also welcome to picnic on the grounds.

 

Purchase $9 advance passes

If you can’t make this event, you can use your passes at any other upcoming Briggs Farm event.


Aug
24
Sun
Primitive Orienteering Treasure Hunt @ Briggs Farm
Aug 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn primitive orienteering techniques such as story mapping and orienteering by the sun from Derek Barkiem of Seekers Wild. Then, use your new skills to find natural “treasures” on the farm.

If you come…

  • This event is $10 per adult at the farm or $9 in advance (purchase a pass using the Paypal
    Derek+Arial
    Derek and Arial Barkiem of Seekers Wild

    button below). Kids come along for free.

  • Come prepared for a walk in the woods.
  • Free refreshments as well as lawn games will be available at the farmhouse for your enjoyment before and after the walk. You’re also welcome to picnic on the grounds.

 

Purchase $9 advance passes

If you can’t make this event, you can use your passes at any other upcoming Briggs Farm event.


Aug
31
Sun
Sit Spots and Bird Language @ Briggs Farm
Aug 31 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A sit spot is a place one goes to often and regularly to look, listen, feel, smell, and even taste the surrounding landscape. Sit spots, like meditation, have been shown to improve mental and physical health as well as improve the participant’s spiritual state. Sit spots also allow you to see animals and other natural mysteries not seen in normal outdoor recreation. Doing a sit spot regularly also increases one’s awareness and understanding of the natural world. This event involves a short talk about the concept of sit spots as well as a facilitated sit spot experience.

If you come…

  • This event is $10 per adult at the farm or $9 in advance (purchase a pass using the Paypal
    Derek+Arial
    Derek and Ariel Barkiem of Seekers Wild

    button below). Kids come along for free.

  • Come prepared for a walk in the woods.
  • Free refreshments as well as lawn games will be available at the farmhouse for your enjoyment before and after the walk. You’re also welcome to picnic on the grounds.

 

Purchase $9 advance passes

If you can’t make this event, you can use your passes at any other upcoming Briggs Farm event.


Sep
14
Sun
Wild Medicinals Walk @ Briggs Farm
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

7625086_origJoin naturopathic physician Ariel Barkiem in exploring the farm for wild medicinal plants. Along the way, you’ll learn how to identify and harvest wild medicinals safely and ethically, as well as some of the traditional uses of wild plants for medicine. Guests will be able to take their harvest home.

If you come…

  • This event is $10 per adult at the farm or $9 in advance (purchase a pass using the Paypal
    Derek+Arial
    Derek and Ariel Barkiem

    button below). Kids come along for free.

  • Come prepared for a walk in the woods.
  • Free refreshments as well as lawn games will be available at the farmhouse for your enjoyment before and after the walk. You’re also welcome to picnic on the grounds.

 

Purchase $9 advance passes

If you can’t make this event, you can use your passes at any other upcoming Briggs Farm event.


Sep
21
Sun
Survival Skill Basics @ Briggs Farm
Sep 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Could you meet your basic human needs for survival in a remote wilderness setting? Besides potentially saving a life, wilderness survival skills are fun to learn, increase self-reliance, self-confidence, and critical thinking skills.

You and your kids will have a hands-on opportunity to learn and practice some of these skills at Briggs Farm with the guidance of Seekers Wild instructor Derek Barkiem. Some skills that might be covered over the course of the afternoon include:

  • building and using functional tools
  • becoming invisible with stealth training, silent movement, and camouflage
  • building a fire using multiple techniques: single match, fire by friction, metal match/magnesium
  • fire safety and theory: balancing oxygen, fuel, and heat, tinder selection, managing surface area
  • primitive trap building, including: rolling snare, deadfalls, pencil snare and more
  • finding and purifying water
  • building a survival shelter
  • compass-free navigation by the sun
  • foraging and preparing delicious and healthy wild edible foods
  • basic knife safety

If you come…

  • This event is $10 per adult at the farm or $9 in advance (purchase a pass using the Paypal
    Derek+Arial
    Derek and Ariel Barkiem

    button below). Kids come along for free.

  • Come prepared for a walk in the woods.
  • Free refreshments as well as lawn games will be available at the farmhouse for your enjoyment before and after the event. You’re also welcome to picnic on the grounds.

 

Purchase $9 advance passes

If you can’t make this event, you can use your passes at any other upcoming Briggs Farm event.


Sep
28
Sun
Weaving Harvest Baskets @ Briggs Farm
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

9613584_origJoin us at Briggs Farm for an afternoon of “wild weaving.” Derek and Ariel Barkiem will be on hand to show you how to select and prepare materials suitable for weaving harvest tools (baskets, mats, nets, and so on). We expect this to be a fun activity for older kids as well as adults, so bring the whole family along! You’ll be welcome to bring your creation home when you’re finished.

If you come…

  • If you hope to complete a basket, mat, or other woven tool, plan to arrive early (before 2 or so). If you come later than 2, we’ll get you weaving and you can finish your project at home.
  • This event is $10 per adult at the farm or $9 in advance (purchase a pass using the Paypal
    Derek+Arial
    Derek and Ariel Barkiem

    button below). Kids come along for free.

  • Free refreshments as well as lawn games will be available at the farmhouse for your enjoyment before and after the event. You’re also welcome to picnic on the grounds.

 

Purchase $9 advance passes

If you can’t make this event, you can use your passes at any other upcoming Briggs Farm event.


 


 

Briggs Farm Journal

Hummingbirds and Swallows

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Sometimes, the big birds get all of the attention out here: the turkeys, the bald eagles, the hawks. But some of the little guys are just as fun to watch—and you don’t have... READ MORE

July Birding Report

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These are the birds identified on the farm in July by our team of experienced birders.   July 6 American Crow American Goldfinch American Redstart American Robin Bald Eagle Barn Swallow Black-capped Chickadee... READ MORE

June Birding Report

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Here are the birds identified on the farm by our experienced birders in June 2014. Note that we launched our bird list project late in June, so the birds listed here represent only a partial... READ MORE