Our education programs teach students about local organic agriculture through hands on activities that incorporate math, science, art and writing as well as practical life skills such as gardening, problem solving, and working together.
~LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES~
Field trips are priced based on activity. All of the below activities can be tailored for different age groups. Contact Programs Manager Erin Eisele to schedule a field trip or to request for more information.
Mystery Microgreens: Students become sensory detectives, using all five senses to uncover which variety of microgreen matches its “parent” vegetable. Different taste categories will be explored, including “Spicy” “Bitter” and “Sweet.” We’ll document our findings, which teachers can take this back to the classroom and explore in more detail
Soil….It’s ALIVE!: Students will investigate different components of soil, and talk about what plants need from the soil and what we can do to help. They will learn about and see examples of cover crops, crop rotation, compost, and decomposers, and get their hands dirty identifying soil components.
Garden Journal: Students will create their own journal to take home! We will talk about how taking notes every year on our farm makes us better farmers, and what we need to pay attention to and record.
Plant Prints: Students will forage around the farm for interesting shapes, textures, and colors to make our own natural works of art! We will take a short hike to gather our specimens –leaves? petals? dandelions? blades of grass? herbs? – then gather to create our masterpieces. We will place our chosen plants between two sheets of cardstock, then use rolling pins to release the pigments, and see what shapes emerge! We will discuss plant parts and structures, and label our prints with each. (Weather-permitting!)
Taste Test: We will use all five senses to investigate one of the vegetables currently growing on our farm. We will predict what textures and flavors we might taste in that vegetable using sight, sound, smell, and touch. We’ll then taste several varieties of the vegetable, and talk about what we’ve found. We’ll document our findings, which teachers can then take back to the classroom to explore in more detail.
Do the Rot Thing: Lessons in Composting
1. Introduction: Introduce basic concepts of the life cycle: the importance of death and decomposition, soil, recycling, resource management, garbage and landfills, and biodegradable and non-biodegradable items—lessons include: What Does Biodegradable Mean? Dirt For Lunch, Don’t Throw that Away! Cooking with Carrot Tops. Students can build on the introductory concepts back in the classroom.
2. Basic Composting: Learn how nature recycles and how composting helps your community. Activities include: Make Compost in a Bucket and Compost Critters.
Discover how an organic, urban farm operates with a guided tour of the farm highlighting each area of what we do. Students will gain an understanding of a local sustainable farm operation by learning how we grow food organically, keep bees, practice animal and fish husbandry, composting, flowers, solar power, put on farm events and more. We are open to tailoring tours to any special interests your group may have and to the age of the tour attendees. And ask what’s happening in our fields at the time of your trip!
FARM TOUR PRICE: $6.50 per student. One adult parent/chaperone (free of charge) per 10 students required. Bus drivers and teachers are free. Add-on to a group tour +$1 per person for one of the following:
• Sustainability Scavenger Hunt: Search the farm for veggies and fruits, insects, animals, tools and more.
• Nature Bracelets: Take home a collection of seeds, petals, and leaves you find from the tour on your wrist!
• Plant a Seed to take home: Discover how to take care of a seed so it grows into a vegetable you can eat. Plant a seed together that you can take home and care for!
~PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP~
Now that you've planned your visit, we have a couple of guidelines to help you and your students prepare for a successful trip.
It is important that students observe farm rules. These guidelines have been developed with the safety of the children and the our crops in mind. We will review the following rules required of each visitor when your class arrives. They are:
- Watch where you step - even the smallest foot can damage seedlings and irrigation tubing.
- Ask before you pick anything - children may have the opportunity to harvest, but need to wait for instruction.
- Stay with your group - sometimes activities are spread out and we don’t want anyone getting lost.
- Respect the people and the farm - any tools or resources provided are to be used with care and for their intended purpose.