Kids & Family
We are pleased to offer the following programs for children at the farm this spring. If you are interested you can download the application form below.
May 1 “Let’s Get Familiar” Where does it all Begin?
Class will begin at the Barn where children will begin their tour of the Farm.
Discussion will include “proper gardening etiquette”(staying safe while we work and
explore), introduction to farm tools and their use, meeting our free range chickens (what
does free range mean?), and a walk through the field to identify 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.
Children will prepare seed trays with seed mix, seed, water and label
prepared trays. Children will read the seed packets to determine germination and
May 8 “The Miracle of Seeds”- Making Seed Tape
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
Children will make Seed Tape with bean seeds and plant directly in the
May 15 “Making Mathematics Delicious”
Students will take some time discussing the parts of a plant (roots, stem, leaf,
flower) and the function of each. They will correlate some of their favorite vegetables
and fruits to the plant parts. Discussion will include; Is it a fruit or vegetable-which are
we really eating? What is the difference between a fruit and a vegetable? Samples will
be available to taste and handle. Please advise of food allergies.
Identifying lettuce and transplanting lettuce plants from the seed trays
to the field. Students will measure out the beds and the space needed between each
plant for optimal growing. Students will determine how many lettuce plants are needed
to satisfy the demands of the CSA membership. Tour of the field will be done to identify
vegetables as they are growing and students will identify which part of the vegetables
they will be eating.
May 22 “Worms Eat My Garbage” Composting with Worms
Students will take a look at the anatomy of worms, and discuss why they are so
important to the garden. They will see how worms keep the soil healthy and rich in
nutrients so that our plants thrive. Students will become familiar with vocabulary;
vermicomposting, vermiculture, and vermicast.
Students will handle and examine Red Wiggler worms. They will set up
and maintain a worm composting system.
June 5 “Stepping Stone” Herb Garden
Children will use their senses to identify a variety of herbs. They will discuss how
Herbs are used for seasoning in their foods and medicinal qualities of various herbs.
Children will work in the herb garden. They will make ceramic stepping
stones that will be placed in the herb garden. Students will plan and measure out where
each stone will be placed.
June 12 “Cage Free-Care Free Chickens are Happy Chickens”
Children will get to know our free-range chickens. The chicken caretaker 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 the environment.
Students will observe the chickens in their coop and help feed them.
Children will learn how to color “Easter Eggs” the natural way by using herbs,
vegetables and spices rather than commercial dye color.