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||We recommend for middle & high school|
|Alice Ferguson Foundation's Hard Bargain Farm||We recommend for middle & high school|
|Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture||We recommend for elementary school|
|DC Urban Greens' Fort Stanton Farm||We recommend for elementary & middle school|
|Common Good City Farm||We recommend for elementary school|
|Rocklands Farm||We recommend for middle & high school|
|Washington Youth Garden||We recommend for elementary school|
|Red Wiggler Farm||We recommend for middle school|
|Calleva Farm||We recommend for middle & high school|
Additional Resources for Teachers
- Making the Farm an Educational Experience – This guide translates the value of a farm field trip into the language of education standards. DC Greens has combed through all K-12 education standards for English Language Arts, Health, Science, Math, and Social Studies and highlighted the places where the standards naturally align with lessons learned on the farm.
- Extend Your Farm Field Trip into the Classroom- These lesson plans were developed by a variety of environmental educators and food literacy experts across the country. Each provides an excellent learning opportunity to prepare for, or extend a farm field trip to maximize your experience.
- Guide to Farm Field Trips for Farmers and Teachers – Compiled by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), this guide outlines basic standards of learning covered on a farm for K-5th as well as considerations for farmers interested in hosting a school group.