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Visit a Farm: an activity for all ages. Visiting a farm is a wonderful way to take your learning about farming to the next level. In this activity, children will learn how to arrange a farm visit and how to maximize learning during their visit.
- The first step in visiting a farm is to identify possible farms in your area to visit. You may have a family member, church member, or someone down the street that you already have in mind. You could also find local farms by visiting your local farmers market or contacting your local 4H club.
- Once you have found a possible farm, contact them about the possibility of coming to visit. Have your child do as much of this as possible. Have them plan out what to say and practice looking people in the eye when asking a question (if asking in person).
- Use this as an opportunity to teach your child about manners. For example:
- Make sure to show up on time.
- Don’t expect or ask to pick anything unless instructed.
- Look the farmer in the eye when greeting and talking to him or her.
- Remember to say please and thank you.
- Don’t overstay your welcome.
- Before going to the farm have your child prepare a list of questions. (Make sure to leave blank spaces for the answers to the questions).
- After your visit, have your child document their learning experience (draw or write). Record a younger child’s explanations/dictations as needed.
- Include any pictures taken.
- Place the page or pages in a protector when finished and include them in the garden notebook/journal.
- For an older child: consider finding a farmer who would be willing to allow your child to do some of the simple farm chores required that day or who would be willing to provide an opportunity for future shadowing and hands on experience.
- Tag your pictures with #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.