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Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park was first envisioned as part of the community's Vision 20 / 20 process, and has become a reality for Greene County and the Springfield metro area as a result of a 1/4 cent parks sales tax approved by voters in 2001.
The 207-acre farm park was created to provide educational, as well as various recreational resources for the community and will celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of the area. Amenities include a new animal barn, new visitor's center and gift shop, and milking barn. The grounds will consist of demonstration crops and gardens, 20-acre native prairie, pasture land, one-mile paved trail, farm-themed playground, and Wilson's Creek.
Special thanks to the Rutledge-Wilson families for their generous support of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
Read highlights about Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park.
West on I-44
Exit on West Bypass- turn left off of exit
Continue South on West Bypass until you reach Farm Road 146, then turn right (Bradford Mini Storage on corner)
RW Farm is approximately 1 mile down FR 146 on the right hand side
West on Sunshine
Right onto West Bypass
Take first left- Farm Road 146
Farm is approximately 1 mile down FR 146 on the right hand side
Life on The Farm
When you visit Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park, you can enjoy the following activities:
See who lives in the big red barn
Farm animal meet and greets
Play on the farm-themed playground
Enjoy special events throughout the year
View demonstration gardens and crops
Fish in the fishing pond
Walk, run or bike the Wilson's Creek Trail
Admission is Free
Admission fees do apply to special events and education programs.
Farm Fun Facts
It takes approximately 280,000 seeds to plant our 10 acre corn maze. Of those seeds, about 90% will result in an actual cornstalk. That means that our corn maze has about 252,000 stalks of corn!
Dottie, our Holstein cow, eats about 30 pounds of food every day! (A combination of grass and grain.) This usually takes her about 6 ½ hours each day. She also drinks about 25 gallons of water each day!
Today's American farmer feeds about 155 people worldwide. In 1960, that number was 25.8 people.
One pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. At the farm, we have 2 sheep that are sheared 2 times per year. Each sheep produces approximately 2 pounds of yarn each time they are sheared.