Middle School Field Trip at the Farm

Recently we hosted a class of 7th graders for a day’s field trip at the farm. This trip had been rescheduled several times due the truly rotten weather we’re having this spring, but we decided to go ahead, rain or not!

planting vegetables

Learning to plant vegetables with the math teacher.

We had planned several activities and lessons around several themes: organic farming, nutrition, life cycle of plants and eco sustainability.

We had 2 teachers, a special ecology teacher and me, so we split into 3 smaller groups for the activities. They planted some vegetables and potted some herbs to take home.

Potting herbs to take home

Potting herbs to take home

They painted fantastic pictures of our farm:

Painting 1

Painting 1

Painting 2

Painting 2

Painting 3

Painting 3

We made organic whole wheat pizzas in our wood oven. Each kid made their own, and most went into the herb garden to pick and decorate their pizzas with herbs, what imagination they have!

Learning how to shape the dough

Learning how to shape the dough

Dressing each pizza with herbs

Dressing each pizza with herbs

Pizzas cooking in the hot oven

Pizzas cooking in the hot oven

I talked about food choices and the importance of eating organically, vegetables, whole grains, little meat….in my many searches I came across this food pyramid from Switzerland that I felt was perhaps more accurate than most. did you know every country seems to have a different pyramid? Amazing.

Swiss pyramid

Swiss pyramid

I talked about food waste.

Shocking, isn't it?

Shocking, isn’t it?

The kids ran, sang, danced, played on the hammocks and swings. The rain bursts didn’t bother them. Do you know just how much noise 24 kids can make? During the rain bursts we did activities like an olive oil tasting.

Olive Oil Tasting

Olive Oil Tasting

The teachers were great, I admire that they weren’t worn out by the end of the day. I sure was, but I’ll do it again next year…it was a blast!final-pic

 

 

 

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