Students explore the process of growing/raising, packaging, and transporting food.
BEFORE YOU GO
- Ask farm staff about subject-specific tours on topics such as healthy or local eating.
- Ask about hands-on farming activities available for students.
- Find out what crops will be in season. Try to arrange a tasting session.
- Find out what livestock the farm raises. Try to arrange a petting/viewing session.
- With students, make a list of ingredients for meals they have eaten. Try to discover how and where these ingredients are produced on the farm when you visit.
WHAT TO WONDER
Ask: How does the cheese on your pizza, the eggs in your omelet, or the chicken in your McNuggets get from the farm to your table?
Observe the smells, the sounds, the feel, and the sights of the various crops, livestock, and farm equipment.
Describe a day in the life of a farmer.
Opinion Do you enjoy working outside, caring for animals, or planting a garden? Why or why not?
Compare two farm animals, including what foods they produce.
Challenge students to come up with a food or product produced by each crop or animal seen on the farm.
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