September 4, 2014
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Kids
Over 500 third and fourth grade students from local elementary schools will attend the second annual Tahoe Farm Day, held on September 16, 2014, from 9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This all day field trip at Camp Richardson teaches students about the wide diversity of regional agriculture. Volunteer presenters will bring topics alive for students through creative, interactive activities that feature regionally grown fruits, and vegetables, and concepts of healthy eating and nutrition. Learning demonstrations topics will include bees, local fruit & vegetable crops, nutrition, soils, worm composting, watersheds, water use, pest management, and farm animals, including horses, goats, and chickens.
Tahoe Farm Day is an all day field trip where 500 local third and fourth grade students learn about the wide variety of regional agriculture. Over 30 volunteer presenters bring agriculture alive for students through creative, interactive activities that feature fruits, vegetables and farm animals as well as concepts of healthy eating, nutrition, and stewardship of the land.
Held at Camp Richardson, classes of students visit different learning stations on a rotation schedule providing a wide variety of hands-on learning activities on subjects including milk/dairy, growing vegetables and fruits, nutrition, irrigation, composting, organic pest management, bees, and land stewardship. Livestock demonstrations include horses, goats, and chickens.
The benefits of the Farm Day experience for children are significant. Agriculture is an essential part of our daily existence – from the food we eat, the clothes we wear, to the homes we live in. It is a universal common element in all our lives. With less than 2% of Californians involved in agriculture, most of our children have little understanding of where their food, fiber, and shelter come from. As students learn about soil, cultivation, food cycles, animals, nutrition, natural resources, and stewardship of the land, they begin to understand their own connection to nature, the land, and the benefits of its healthful bounty. Agriculture also provides a real world connection to their lessons in math, science, and natural history.
Studies indicate that when children have a direct connection and understanding of how food is grown, they are more likely to try and consume a greater variety of fruits and vegetables, resulting in healthier eating habits. Experiential learning at Tahoe Farm Day can also help children feel connected the natural world around them. Having hands-on experience with farm animals, bees, the role of insects, broadens children’s perception of their world. It excites the wonder and imagination; it provides children a sense of being part of the natural environment around them.
Hosted by El Dorado County Ag in the Classroom, this educational day is developed to meet California state standards for third and fourth grade curriculum. Tahoe Farm Day is provided in partnership with Lake Tahoe Unified School District, Tahoe Resource Conservation District, EDC Farm Bureau, Camp Richardson, and El Dorado County Office of Education.