Food Systems

Come out to the Extension Learning Farm to learn about different Local Food Systems through hands-on learning activities, and pair the experience with experiencing a fresh snack made onsite in our local Harvest Kitchen .

The Local Foods and Harvest Days field trip will provide the opportunity to learn about various locally grown produce and the impact on our local foods system. Choose from the options below based on the time of year you wish to schedule a visit and availability of resources.

Animal Science Hands-on Learning Activities

Who Grew My Soup: (Ideal for Fall)

Grades K-3

  • Objectives: Identify major food groups, identify NY grown products
  • Hands-on Activity: Go to high tunnel and talk about where food comes from, pick vegatables
  • On-site Activity: Make a soup using the Harvest Kitchen and vegetables from the high tunnel

Grades 5-8

  • Objectives: Identify NY grown product, local markets, and local economics
  • Hands on activity: Scientific Method Myth-buster activity: “Eating fresh is too expensive” – cost analysis of growing your own food vs purchasing in the store. Buying local analysis and impact. 
  • On-site Activity: Make a soup using the Harvest Kitchen and vegetables from the high tunnel


Apple Orchard Riddle: (Ideal for Fall)

Grades K-3

  • Objectives: Why farmers and bees are important. to agriculture and food systems
  • Hands on activity: Apple Oxidation
  • On-site Activity: Make applesauce using the Harvest Kitchen


Applesauce Bandit: (Ideal for Fall)

Grades 4-6

  • Objectives: Why farmers and bees are important.
  • Hands on activity: Busy Bees pollination game
  • On-site Activity: Go out to orchard and discuss orchard farming and pollination.
  • On-site Activity: Make applesauce using the Harvest Kitchen


Seed, Soil, Sun: (Ideal for spring/summer)

Grades K-3

  • Objectives: What plants need to grow, Importance of agriculture, Germination
  • Hands on activity: Bean baby activity & Plant a seed
  • Scientific method/Myth-busters activity:chart the growth of a seed with variables
  • On-site Activity: Go to high tunnel and green house to discuss plant life, plant a seed, map seed growth

Last updated January 22, 2018