Farm to School Approved

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

f2s approved logoDC 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 this 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
Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Clagett Farm Key info for teachers Trip Preview We recommend for 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

Interested in receiving our DC Farm to School stamp of approval for your farm field trip site? Check out our Farm to School Approved Rubric for Farm Sites and for Experiential Learning Opportunities. Contact Lea Howe, to schedule a field trip or program shadow.


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