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Cary family runs educational farm

Posted August 28, 2009 5:45 p.m. EDT
Updated September 9, 2009 2:30 p.m. EDT

— Michael Phillips is turning his family farm, at 6701 Good Hope Church Road in Cary, into acres of entertainment and education.

Phillips, and his dad, Lee, are building a place where kids can get into farming. At the center of the farm is a seven-acre corn maze.

“It brings joy and happiness to a lot of families, and it's cheap,” Phillips said. “You can bring a family of four out here, spend all day for less than $50."

The entire farm is a learning experience for children right down to the bio-diesel tractor that pulls the cow train.

Although the place may look like a museum, Phillips said it is a working farm.

“We just want to bring in the public to see what we’re doing,” Phillips said.

Phillips Corn Maize and Family Fun is open Sept. 4 through Nov. 1 this year.

The farm is open from Thursdays through Saturdays from noon until dark and from 1 p.m. until dark on Sundays. Monday through Wednesday, the farm is only open to school groups.

All-day admission passes are $12 for adults and $6 for children and seniors 55 years and older.

The Phillips Farm Corn Maze is honoring legendary North Carolina State University women's basketball coach Kay Yow this season. One dollar from each admission will be donated to The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.

The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund® is a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to being a part of finding an answer in the fight against women’s cancers through raising money for scientific research, assisting the underserved and unifying people for a common cause. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, visit www.wbca.org/kayyowwbcacancerfund.asp.