Farm Education Lessons

Farm-education lessons are taught by Farm Education Coordinators year-round, to all ages, at both farm sites.

  • The WWCP Children’s Garden — Located on the grounds of Awbury Arboretum, this site has more than 2 acres in vegetable production, as well as the ¼-acre Children’s Garden designed for younger adventurers (pre-K through 8th grade).  The site lends itself to hands-on planting, harvesting, exploring and tasting.

  • Weavers Way Farm CSA — Located at W.B. Saul High School, this site is a 2.5-acre production farm that specializes in working with older students (6th through 12th grade). Weavers Way Farm CSA is conducive to planting, harvesting, farm tours and cooking. 

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Programs available at both sites

Bee Mine: Do you like honey? Learn the types of bees and all the things bees do for us on and off the farm. Also learn about beneficial insects and bugs! (May-September)

Compost and the FBI: What’s the FBI got to do with compost?  Fungus, bacteria, invertebrates, that’s what! Learn about compost and the organisms that make it all work. Be prepared to be digging in soil and observing bugs.

Seed to Seed: Explore the life cycle of seeds. Younger students will learn a seed dance as well as plant seeds to take back to the classroom with them. Older students will do some seeding in the fields and taste-test a variety of seeds. (May-September)

Six Plant Parts: Roots, Stems, Leaves, Fruits, Flowers and Seeds! Learn about the six plant parts and travel around the farm to collect each part. Finish the tour with a delicious "burrito" or salad.

Art on the Farm: Fruits, vegetables and the natural environment have inspired artists for decades. See what other artists have created, then use the right side of your brain to create a beautiful still life of your own with farm-fresh produce.

Farm to Plate: Follow the process of getting your meal from the field to your mouth. Harvest, wash, cook and eat! (May-September)

Service Learning on the Farm: Become a farmer for a day and get your hands dirty with some experiential learning. Help the farm complete one or several of the following activities:  planting, weeding, raking, harvesting.  (Service learning programs are only $5 per student.)

Programs available at the WWCP Children's Garden

Explore a Food Forest: A food forest is an orchard that is planted with fruit trees and other plants to create an on going permaculture garden. Children will learn about how fruits, berries and nuts can be grown right here in the city. Kids will help prepare a seasonal fruit-tasting and learn about the benefits of eating healthy, pesticide-free fruit snacks.

Whole vs. Processed Food: Investigate the true differences between whole foods and processed foods. Learn about seasonality, nutrition and locally grown foods.

Medicinal and Wild Edibles: Learn about native plants that are edible and that can be used to heal!

Programs available at Weavers Way Farm CSA

Additives and Preservatives: Learn about the ingredients inside your food and explore how to make healthy eating choices.

Food Justice & Social Movements: Interested in social change? Study how many major social movements are deeply connected to food justice.

New programs!

Cycles on a Farm (2 visits, 1.5 hrs. each): 

  • Six Plant Parts
  • Seed to Seed
  • Compost and the FBI
  • Bee Mine
  • Farm to Plate
  • Farm Tour

Age group: Pre-K to 5th grade (for youth in Pre-K, we will subsitute "Explore a Food Forest" for a short version of "Six Plant Parts")

All About Eating (2 visits, 1.5 hrs. each):

  • Explore a Food Forest (includes fruit tasting)
  • Bee Mine
  • Medicinal & Wild Edibles
  • Six Plant Parts
  • Farm to Plate
  • Farm Tour

Age group: Pre-K to 5th grade (for youth in Pre-K, substitute "Compost and the FBI" for "Six Plant Parts")

Foods that are Healthy, Foods that are hurtful (2 visits, 1.5 hrs. each):

  • Additives & Preservatives
  • Whole vs. Processed Foods
  • Medicinal & Wild Edibles
  • Farm to Plate
  • Farm Tour

Age group: 6th grade and older 

Changing the Way we Eat (2 visits, 1.5 hrs. each):

  • Food Justice & Social Movements
  • The Food System: Corporations and Co-ops
  • Hands-on organic fieldwork (transplanting, hoeing/weeding)
  • Farm Tour

Age group: High School and older

Cycles on a Farm (4 visits, 1.5 hrs. each):

  • Compost and the FBI
  • Seed to Seed
  • Six Plant Parts
  • Bee Mine
  • Bats & Bugs
  • Art on the Farm
  • Farm to Plate
  • Whole vs. Processed Foods
  • Hands-on organic fieldwork (transplanting, hoeing/weeding)

Age group: K-5th grade

Special Offer!
Farm to Store to Plate (2 hrs.):
An expanded version of our farm to plate lesson where students have the chance to harvest, wash, cook, eat and prepare produce to be sold. Students will have the unique and exciting opportunity to sell to the Weavers Way Co-op produce department and tour the co-op. This lesson will also discuss the food system, and the difference between local and seasonal, and organic and conventional farming practices. 
Age group: 1st grade and older, maximum of fifteen students

Register your group for farm education.

WWCP Farm Educators are available for classroom visits too!  
Examples of classroom lessons taught November-March (or by request) include:

Simple Cooking Demo: Using only a hot plate and simple cooking utensils, students will learn how to make healthy, nutritious and seasonally appropriate snacks. (Similar to the Farm to Plate lesson.)

Guerrilla Gardening: Make your own “seed bomb” that can be used to beautify a vacant lot or your back yard come spring. Students will also learn how to make a carrying pouch for their goods.

Worms! Learn about worms and what they do for your soil. Students will learn how to make their own worm bins. (Similar to Compost and the FBI lesson.)

Seed to Snack: Learn how to grow your own plant! Then eat a delicious snack of seeds and other goodies. (Similar to the Seed to Seed lesson.)

Foodie Art: Everyone loves a vegetable stamp, a leaf print or a piece of homemade paper. Students will learn how veggies can do more than just taste good. (Similar to the Farm Art lesson.)

Download the Farm Tours Brochure