Being a Farm Worker For a Day

Being a Farm Worker For a Day: an activity for all ages. In this activity you and your child will get to experience what it is like to do manual labor in the fields for a day.

  • Supplies
    • Access to a U-pick farm or something similar. This may require you to make a more extended field trip or even make this part of a family vacation. You may also ask a local farmer if you can do some harvesting in the fields even if they don’t advertise a U-pick.
    • Gloves
    • Sunscreen
    • Shade hat
    • Water bottle
    • Willingness to work
  • Arrange a day to take your child to work for a portion of the day picking fruits or vegetables.
  • Determine an age appropriate amount of time to work for the day and set a timer to let you know when you are done for the day.
  • Ask the farmer how much a worker would get paid to do the same work (this is often dependent on how much is picked and not the hours worked)
  • Work safely making sure to stay hydrated.
  • After the work is done ask your child to share what they felt and how they liked the work. Here are some starter questions:
    • Would you like to do that kind of work every day for long hours?
    • Should farm workers get more money and if so what would that do to our food prices?
    • Would you want food prices to be higher if you had to do the farm work?
    • Do you respect farm workers more now that you know a little more about what they do?
  • After purchasing your harvest go home and make something yummy with it or enjoy it fresh.
  • You can also share some of your harvest or what you made with someone who would enjoy it.