Farm Programs

CSA Children’s Education Program
May 14-July 30  • Grades K-3 and 4-8
Session I Wednesday 4:00-5:00pm  • Session II Wednesday 3:00-4:30 pm
Maximum 15 students per class (First come first served)
Download the 2014 4-8 CSA Ed Registration Form OR  2014 K-3 CSA Ed Registraion Forms

Session I

May 14 • Grades K-8
“General Farm Tour – Where did it all begin and why is it here now?”
Discussion Led by Regina Watkins-CSA Member Master Gardener

Students will meet at the Barn where children will begin their tour of the Farm. Tour discussion will include: the past history of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum Barn and its roll in the original Cutting Family’s Dairy Farm, the farm’s current purpose by identifying it as a Community Supported Agricultural Farm using organic and sustainable farming methods, the introduction to farm tools and their use. Students will meet and feed our organic free-range chickens and take a walk through the field to identify spring vegetables such as peas, garlic, asparagus, strawberry and herb beds. The tour will end up in the hoop house “where it all begins”. We will discuss the purpose of the hoop house and cold frame. Children will look at the components of seed mix and the purpose of each ingredient. We will discuss seed germination, the meaning of organics and heirloom seeds.
Class activity: If time permits, children will prepare seed trays with seed mix, seed, water and label prepared trays. Children will read the seed packets to determine germination and growing periods.

May 21 • Grades K-3
“The Miracle of Seeds”- Planting Seeds
Discussion and Activity Led by Marilyn LaPenta –Educator and CSA Member

Students will discuss the miracle of seeds; variation of size and shape, the seed inside and out-dicot vs. monocot; dissect a seed to view the parts of a seed, diagram the parts, discuss which seeds can be directly seeded into the soil and which need to be seeded in trays and started in the hoop house; how seeds are spread through nature and the variation in germination periods. Edible seeds-what seeds do you like to eat? Tasting familiar seeds. Please advise of food allergies.
Class Activity: Children will work in the hoop house to plant seeds in seed trays. They will label and water them. Children will plant a vegetable seed in a container to take home.

May 28 • Grades 4-8
“The Miracle of Seeds”- Making Seed Tape
Discussion and Activity Led by Karen Valdini- CSA Education Coordinator

Students will discuss the miracle of seeds; variation of size and shape, the seed inside and out-dicot vs. monocot; heirloom vs. commercial; direct seeding vs. seeding in trays; how seeds are spread through nature and the variation in germination periods. Edible seeds-what seeds do you like to eat? Tasting familiar seeds. Please advise of food allergies.
Class Activity: Children will make Seed Tape with bean seeds and plant directly in the field. Children will be able to take home seed tape to plant in their own garden.

June 4 • Grades K-3
“Fun in the Herb Garden”
Discussion and Activity Led by Jeri Cordes- CSA Member

Children will use their senses to identify a variety of herbs. They will discuss how herbs are used for seasoning in their foods and the medicinal qualities of various herbs. Children will work in the herb garden to gain a sense of becoming stewards of the land and the importance of maintaining it by organic farming methods. They will learn how to care for the herbs so that they continue to grow and produce.
Class Activity: Children will participate in a craft such as making ceramic steppingstones or painting bricks that will be used in the garden to identify the various herbs. These activities will provide the children with a sense of ownership of this wonderfully fragrant part of our garden.

June 11 • Grades 4-8
“Strawberry Fields”
Discussion and Activity Led by Barbara Claudio-CSA Member

Children will tour the CSA Strawberry Patch. They will observe and discuss how the strawberries grow. Discussion will focus on how to care for a Strawberry Patch or a potted strawberry plant. Children will harvest their own strawberries and prepare a tasty snack.
Class activity: Children will prepare strawberry jam, chocolate covered strawberries or strawberry short cake with the strawberries that they harvest from the CSA Strawberry Patch. They will take home a jar of freshly made strawberry jam.

June 18 • Grades K-3
“Strawberry Fields”
Discussion and Activity Led by Barbara Claudio-CSA Member

Children will tour the CSA Strawberry Patch. They will observe and discuss how the strawberries grow. Discussion will focus on how to care for a strawberry patch or a potted strawberry plant. Children will harvest their own strawberries and prepare a tasty snack.
Class activity: Children will prepare Chocolate covered strawberries or strawberry short cake with the strawberries that they harvest from the CSA Garden.

June 25 • Grades 4-8
“Three Sisters’ Garden”
Discussion and Activity Led by Karen Valdini-CSA Education Coordinator 

The Three Sisters, corn, beans, and squash, are the traditional Native American garden foods of North America. Each of the Three Sisters helps the others to grow. The Three Sisters teach a sophisticated way to farm that evolved over generations of watchful farmers.
Class Activity: Children will create their own Three Sisters’ Garden in an area of the CSA. They will plant beans, corn and squash following the method used by the Native Americans. They will learn the importance of organic farming principles and how the Native Americans were the first to use this system of growing produce. By planting their own garden, they will become stewards of the land and feel empowered by this work experience.

 

Session II

July 2 • Grades K-3
“Cage Free-Care Free Chickens are Happy Chickens”
Discussion and Activity Led by Lynn Atlas-Educator and CSA Member

Children will get to know our free-range chickens. As one of our chicken caretakers, Lynn will discuss how she keeps these chickens healthy and happy. We will discuss the difference between free-range chickens and commercial chickens. Their life cycle, habits, diets and how they help in creating a sustainable and organic farm. Children will learn about the different breeds and how the breed determines the color of their eggs.
Class Activity: Students will observe the chickens in their coop and help feed them. Students will prepare a treat for the chickens to eat. They will make a “cabbage head scarecrow” for them to eat.

July 9 • Grades 4-8
“Cage Free-Care Free Chickens are Happy Chickens”
Discussion and Activity Led by Lynn Atlas-Educator and CSA Member

Children will get to know our free-range chickens. As one of our chicken caretakers, Lynn will discuss how she keeps these chickens healthy and happy. We will discuss the difference between free-range chickens and commercial chickens. Their life cycle, habits, diets and how they help in creating a sustainable and organic farm. Children will learn about the different breeds and how the breed determines the color of their eggs.
Class Activity: Students will observe the chickens in their coop and help feed them. Students will prepare a treat for the chickens to eat. They will make a “cabbage head scarecrow” for them to eat.

July 16 • Grades K-3
“Cooking with Vegetables”
Discussion and Activity Led by Matt and Eileen Connors-Chef and Owners of The Lake House Bay Shore, NY

Children will discuss the various vegetables that are in season at the time of this class. The discussion will include the importance of eating local and seasonal. What will be growing in mid-July? There should be beans, zucchini and summer squash, peppers, kale, maybe lettuce, garlic, maybe cherry tomatoes. You name it. What could be better than being on the farm middle of July? A discussion will be led on the nutritional value of each seasonal vegetable and how they are used in our favorite meals. Student will work in and care for the beds where these vegetables are growing and harvest what is needed to prepare a treat.
Class Activity: Children will harvest vegetables; walk through the Arboretum grounds to the Upper Carriage House where they will work in the kitchen to prepare a recipe that includes some of these freshly picked vegetables.

July 23 • Grades 4-8
“Cooking with Vegetables”
Discussion and Activity Led by Matt and Eileen Connors-Chef and Owners of The Lake House Bay Shore, NY

Children will discuss the various vegetables that are in season at the time of this class. The discussion will include the importance of eating local and seasonal. What will be growing in mid-July? There should be beans, zucchini and summer squash, peppers, kale, maybe lettuce, garlic, maybe cherry tomatoes. You name it. What could be better than being on the farm middle of July? A discussion will be led on the nutritional value of each seasonal vegetable and how they are used in our favorite meals. Student will work in and care for the beds where these vegetables are growing and harvest what is needed to prepare a treat.
Class Activity: Children will harvest vegetables; walk through the Arboretum grounds to the Upper Carriage House where they will work in the kitchen to prepare a recipe that includes some of these freshly picked vegetables

July 30 • Grades K-8
“CSA Scavenger Hunt”
Discussion and Activity Led by Karen Valdini-CSA Education Coordinator

Ready Set Go! Children will be given pictures or descriptions of various vegetables growing in the garden. They will be given a timeframe in which to locate these vegetables. The students will have to locate and identify the bed in which a particular vegetable is growing.
Class Activity: Students participate in a Vegetable Scavenger Hunt and take home the vegetables they find and harvest.


 
 
 
 

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