*WCFP FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCES (Preschool, Elementary & Middle Schoolers): Our multifaceted field trip experience is divided into two parts: The Big Idea and Seed to Share GardenTM Community Service. We will tailor your experience to meet the needs of your age group. Field Trips are 2 hours and include 1.5 hours of programming and half an hour for a picnic lunch/snack either at the start or the conclusion of the field trip.
Part 1: The Big Idea: During the first 45 minutes, we will have fun connecting to nature and the farm as we explore the landscape with a focus on The Big Idea of your choice. Please select one Big Idea for your field trip experience:
- Garden Explorers: From tiny seeds to a jungle of leaves, the garden offers so much to discover! We will be using our senses as we get our hands in the soil and explore all the elements that help a garden grow.
- Fruit on The Farm: Discover what and how fruits grow here at the farm as we take a ramble in the brambles or an excursion through the orchards to seek out the freshest fruit on the farm!
- Friend or Foe? Getting to know all the Animals on the Farm: From our Shetland sheep to the tiny flea beetle, our farm is full of creatures great and small! Learn about the web of life here on the farm and which creatures are our friends and which ones are foes… or both!
- Wonderful Wool: Get up close to our wooly friends as we put on our farmer hats and learn how to care for sheep. After visiting the herd, we will use hands on activities to discover how we can turn a sheep’s fleece into a ball of yarn!
Part 2: Seed to Share GardenTM Community Service: During the second 45-minutes, we will take time to give back to the community through meaningful work in our Seed to Share GardenTM from which 100% of the vegetables are donated to local food pantries. Whether it is sowing seeds, wrangling the weeds, or hauling in the harvest there is always a lot going on in the garden! This unique component of the field trip provides a platform to have age appropriate conversations about food insecurity, ways to give back to the community and teamwork, in addition to hands-on gardening skills.
Field Trip Available Times: 10am – 12noon or 12:30pm – 2:30pm or 3:00pm – 5:00pm
*WCFP FARM TOUR EXPERIENCES (High School, College & Adult Learners): The Farm Tour is more than just a tour… it’s an experience! We offer a unique opportunity to dive a little deeper into a topic of your choosing as you get a “behind the scenes” tour from experienced farmers and educators. After this enriching experience, your group will give back to the community through meaningful work in our Seed To Share GardenTM from which 100% of the vegetables are donated to local food pantries. Farm Tours are 2 hours and include 1.5 hours of programming and half an hour for a picnic lunch/snack (bring your own) either at the start or the conclusion of the field trip.
FARM TOUR TOPICS
- Gardening 101: Join us for a tour highlighting our educational vegetable and perennial beds and our Seed to Share GardenTM. Topics covered may include basic garden planning, intercropping and companion planting, the importance of cover crops, organic and regenerative production methods, trellising techniques and beneficial insects to name a few! Please let us know if you have a specific interest, otherwise we will focus on the most seasonally interesting areas of the garden.
- Perennial Fruit Production: So, what really goes into producing organic fruit? How can perennial systems help sequester carbon? What is the difference between perennials and annuals and how does that impact management strategies? What is the difference between conventional, IPM, organic and holistic fruit production? Discuss the answers to these questions and more as we enjoy a walk through our brambles and orchards.
- Farm Ecology: The natural world is filled with complex interactions and relationships. Here at Willow Creek Farm Preserve we strive to apply this lens to our farming practices. Come for a farm tour that highlights the many life forms from sheep to pest insects that inhabit the farm and learn how they interact. We will discover how using ecological principles can make us smarter farmers and stewards of the land.
- Fantastic Fiber: Whether you are an avid knitter or simply love animals, this farm tour is for you! Come meet our sheep while we cover the basics of animal husbandry and the important considerations for producing organic wool. After visiting the herd, you will have the chance to see how fleece is transformed into products such as yarn through hands-on activities. We will also discuss the wool industry at large and the different scales of production.
Farm Tour Available Times: 10am – 12noon or 12:30pm – 2:30pm or 3:00pm – 5:00pm
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