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The Importance of Farm Field Trips

Farm visits are an essential part of telling the story of food. They introduce students to the person and profession “farmer.” They expose them to unfamiliar fruits and vegetables and reacquaint them with others in the midst of the growing process. Farms also bring school subjects alive in a tangible way. Lessons in science, math, nutrition, and history are found in the farm’s food webs, the geometrically planted rows, the farm fresh snacks, and the three sister’s plantings. Yet not all farm field trips are created equal. 

Stamp of Approval

DC Greens’ “Farm to School Approved” stamp takes the guesswork out for teachers. All sites with this stamp:

  • actively engage students in hands-on learning (planting, harvesting, tasting, smelling);
  • expose students to a wide variety of plant and animal species;
  • serve as an extension of the classroom, rooted in educational standards;
  • and draw the connection between plants on the farm and food on our plates.

If you see our stamp, you know that you’re taking your students on a rich educational field trip.

These farms have our stamp of approval:

City Blossom's Marion Street Garden

Key info for teachers

Trip Preview

We recommend for middle & high school
Alice Ferguson Foundation's Hard Bargain Farm

Key info for teachers

Trip Preview

We recommend for middle & high school
Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Key info for teachers

Trip Preview

We recommend for elementary school
DC Urban Greens' Fort Stanton Farm

Key info for teachers

Trip Preview

We recommend for elementary &  middle school
Common Good City Farm

Key info for teachers

Trip Preview

We recommend for elementary school
Rocklands Farm

Key info for teachers

Trip Preview

We recommend for middle & high school
Washington Youth Garden

Key info for teachers

Trip Preview

We recommend for elementary school
Red Wiggler Farm

Key info for teachers

Trip Preview 

We recommend for middle school
Calleva Farm

Key info for teachers

Trip Preview 

We recommend for middle & high school

Additional Resources for Teachers