Ongoing programs at Matthews Farm include:
* Farm Day for 1st graders in Grayson County and Galax every year in May.
* Heritage Day(s)
* Arts Council Quilt Show
* Blue Ridge Discovery Center field day at the Museum
* Master Gardener kitchen garden and herb garden & related educational programs
* Collaborations with Matthews State Forest
Farm Day: At the end of the school year, area first graders are invited to attend our Standards of Learning based Farm Day program. Six learning stations are available for the children to learn about how children their age lived in 1900. Farming tools, labor practices, farm animals and their uses, plants and their uses, fibers from plants and animals & their uses, and a spring house as refrigeration represent the 6 stations. Hands on activities vary from year-to-year.
Heritage Day(s): A variety of demonstrators set up around the grounds, showing our visitors how their skills were used on the farm - many sell the items they are making. Visitors are invited to try their hand at several of the activities. Gardens are on display and Master Gardeners provide educational programming and materials for visitors to take home. Entertainment is incorporated into the experience with live, local musicians. Food, drinks, bathrooms, and a shaded Pavilion are also available.
Arts Council Quilt Show: The sight of colorful quilts flying through the pastures of the Farm Museum is an experience not soon forgotten. Area quilters bring their finest efforts for display along with the stories that are illustrated by the quilts. Visitors enjoy the stories and the results of hours of labor that the quilts represent. Prizes are given and many of the quilts are offered for sale. Vendors with fiber related products are available for shoppers as are a variety of fiber demonstrations and activities. Music, Food, and related entertainment are available at this event as well.
Blue Ridge Discovery Center: Dozens of activities to interest children of all ages and their parents and grandparents! BRDC staff set up a variety of inter-active educational stations teaching about the natural world around us, their important relationships, and how they affect all our lives. Field trips are taken throughout the day, exploring the 21 acres of the Farm Museum, and sometimes venturing into the Matthews State Forest which surrounds the Museum grounds. The Museum and Chestnut Creek School of the Arts participates in this fun filled day as well. Refreshments are provided.
MGBR Kitchen & Herb Garden: Throughout the year, Master Gardeners of the Blue Ridge hold plant and seed sales that are generated from this garden. The garden also provides produce for area food pantries and learning opportunities for area youth.
Matthews State Forest: The State Forest sponsors a variety of quality educational events throughout the year. The Farm Museum is proud to partner occasionally with the State Forest.