Stories from the farm – a closer look at the people, the place and the bio-diversity at 5EyesFarm
Hey Middle Schoolers – we warmly invite you to come along for A Day on The Farm
You get to eat and drink the amazing foods and juices, breath the wonderful clean mountain air, reconnect with mother nature.
A Day on the farm includes six taster workshops’ for middle school students
1. Animal farm quest
Students will explore the world of the animal farm. The workbook will have a quest for them to discover around what types of chickens, ducks, geese and quail are there and how the breeding cycle works.
2. Making food for the animals
Students will experience the organic food making process for the animals. They will see the whole process in action and participate in helping to pound banana stem in the big bucket. The workbook will show the process in full and have questions for them to answer.
3. Making a worm farm
Students will make a small worm farm. They will have activities in the workbook that explore the life and importance of compost worms for the soil on the farm.
4. Making a garden bed.
In a covered area, students will help to make a layered garden bed. There is no digging involved. They will learn about the value of a raised bed for growing healthy food. Again, the workbook will have information and questions for them to answer and discover.
5. Planting seedlings for the aquaponics
Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in water). Students will plant seedlings in small containers and put them in the rafts for the aquaponics system. The workbook will explain aquaponics and why it is an innovative sustainable system for agriculture.
6. Making bricks from recycled plastic
Recycling is a big part of the farm. We try to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can. Students will bring a plastic drink bottle to the farm and make a plastic brick by filling it with small pieces of waste plastic using a special method. They will learn the value of recycling and the importance of taking care of the environment.
A Day on The Farm introduces middle school students to some important concepts. A farm can be a diverse learning experience. We learn by doing…the importance of recycling and waste management. Discover practical innovations around raising animals and food in a healthy context. There is much to learn and see at the farm and it is an exciting opportunity to explore and learn with Hands, Head & Heart.
In addition to the workshop tasters, we provide background information and further challenges in specially designed A Day on The Farm Workbook (for students).
We hope you consider a day at the farm for your class and we look forward to hosting you.