This summer Gallatin Valley Farm to School Executive Director, Aubree Roth, organized a farm field trip for kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Bozeman. On August 13th, 36 boys and girls piled onto a school bus and headed out to Running Strike Farms on Stucky Road to meet with Farmer Dylan Strike and his crew. The farmers toured the kids around the farm, showing them what tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes and more look like when they grow and teaching them how oats, wildflowers, and bees can all be beneficial to the farm.
After the tour the kids participated in different activities to learn more. They searched in the grass for different insects and talked about which ones are harmful and which are beneficial to the farm. They also talked about the food production process and learned the sequence of events of how their food travels from the farm it was grown on to their dinner table. Their favorite activity was harvesting beets with Farmer Dylan. Each child got to pull a beet out of the ground to bring home. Piling back onto the bus with hands the color of their beets, it was a fun and successful trip!
GVF2S is expanding our farm-based education programming. Stay tuned for many more great field trips and activities like this one. Big thanks to Bozeman Area Community Foundation and Gallatin Gardeners Club for making this field trip possible through generous funding!
Learn more about CSAs in our area with this helpful resource from the Bozeman Community Food Co-op.