Despite being quite busy with Farm to School Month activities and events, our Education Coordinator, Erin Jackson, has managed to lead four farm field trips this October and has two more scheduled this week! Each farm field trip is book-ended by in-classroom activities.
Second graders from Emily Dickinson visited Amaltheia Organic Dairy Farm to discover where their food comes from. Students observed pigs, chickens, and goats, while learning about the food products we get from each, how each lives on a farm, names for and differences between males and females, and other fun facts. Highlights were seeing the goats being milked and petting the goats inside their pen. In their follow-up lesson, the students tasted Amaltheia’s goat cheese and made thank you notes that included a fact they learned during the field trip.
Four kindergarten classes from Emily Dickinson visited Rocky Creek Farm. Students made and tasted apple cider, observed and learned about pigs, goats, and chickens (including identifying food products from each), and picked pumpkins to use for math activities. In the follow-up lesson, the students will taste test cooked winter squash from the farm and write/draw one thing they learned.
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Upcoming field trips:
Amsterdam School sixth graders will visit Alpine Organics Farm in Three Forks. The farm has four large, passive solar greenhouses (in which a variety of veggies are still growing), pigs, and ducks. The third graders from Amsterdam School will visit an Alpaca farm in Manhattan to learn about how wool and soap are made. Stay tuned for photos and stories from these field trips!
Thank you Gallatin Gardeners Club for supporting these field trips!
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