A field trip to the farm is a hands-on learning experience where children work directly with professionals in our local food system to learn about food and farming. Common Ground field trips engage children in participating in a true field to fork experience. Students tour our fields, meet with our farmers, and harvest crops. They take their harvest to the classroom, where they work with our chef to create a delicious seasonal dish together. Students also visit with the barn animals, learning about their roles on a working farm.
Our programs change with the seasons--in the spring students learn about the importance of the greenhouse in starting seeds, and learn how farmers take care of seedlings, spring crops, lambs, and chicks. In the fall students learn about autumn harvesting, cover cropping, curing fall vegetables, and taking care of the barn animals when the weather gets cold.
School groups can also add an additional topic that builds on school curriculum, such as a lady bug or earthworm exploration, or a visit to the pond and study of its food web.
Visits are two hours long for elementary schools, and we can work with as many as 60 students at a time. We can accommodate shorter programs for preschool groups. Groups may bring a lunch and picnic on the grounds. Each program includes suggested pre and post visit activities and a recipe of the dish created to share with families.
Contact education director Sember Weinman at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss designing and scheduling a program for your school.
There are many benefits to children and adults who visit Common Ground Farm: the joy of picking and tasting fresh food from the garden, learning how food grows and participating in farm work, exploring a theme-based topic on the farm. We welcome scout troops, college classes, homeschool groups, clubs, parent groups, and other organized groups. Contact education director Sember Weinman at email@example.com to discuss the many options for your visit.