Farmer Jess and her team will lead students in a variety of activities designed to teach them about sustainable growing in an urban environment, healthy eating, and nutrition. See below for more curriculum details. Every field trip is designed with an emphasis on hands-on exploration and discovery; incorporating sensory engagement and constructivist learning models. Centers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the farm, located at 3660 S Lawrence St. Philadelphia, PA. Farm visits are scheduled for a 9:30 AM start and end at 11:30 AM
In Class Lessons
For centers located with in 40 miles from the farm, you may request Farmer Jess to come to you for a nutrition lesson. Ideal for the colder months, the lesson includes a variety of hands on activities, tastings and plantings. In Class Lessons last about 40 minutes and are targeted for 1 class room at a time. The maximum number of students per class room is 20. We can accommodate up to 3 class rooms per date (60 students).
Group Size: Group maximum is based on age range. For students 3-5 years old, the group maximum is 30 students. For students ages 6 and up, the group maximum is 40 students. Our minimum group size is 10 students. For larger groups or multiple locations, we recommend splitting up the groups over a multiple dates. In Class Lessons have a max group size of 20 students per lesson. See above for details on In Class Lessons. All scheduled visitors must read, sign and submit our Farm Visit Expectations Acknowledgment prior to attending. This covers expectations of the farm and staff, how to get here, your chaperone responsibilities, etc.
Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your visit, please let us know as soon as possible as we may be able to offer your time to another center. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Weather: Novick staff will communicate with visitation contacts to confirm cancellations due to inclement or extremeweather. Classes may continue in light rain or inclement weather, as mutually agreed upon. An In Class lesson may be substituted at the time of visit in cases of poor weather.
Students We Serve
Early Education (3-5): Seeds of Discovery
Our focus for these visits are based on Head Start principles and national early education curriculum. We will stimulate all senses as students are supported in developing life skills through holistic nature based learning. Students will be able to smell, taste, and engage hands-on with multiple aspects of the farm. Active games and activities will inspire wonder and discovery as students learn about plants and develop respect for local farms and ecosystems as well as nutrition and healthy eating.
Elementary Grades (6 and Up): Urban Farm Discovery and Investigation Our emphasis with this age group is experiential learning and inspiring excitement in the farm process and healthy eating. These students will participate in a scaled-down version of “farm work,” go on a taste-and-smell tour and do activities suited to their ability level. Students will explore compost, nutrition, insects, and healthy environments through interactive games and lessons. There is also opportunity for older students to investigate sustainable agriculture, attend and get involved in more hands on farming activities.
Our farm education programs are year round, with Farm Visits only being offered Spring - Early Fall. All visits include a farm exploration tour with tasting, hands-on “farm work”, and a lesson on an aspect of the farm. We can tailor visits to group needs and time constraints. Farm visits will be led by our Farm Educator, Jessica Renniger.
Each season generally has a different focus for our curriculum and lesson
Spring: Seed sorting and planting station, soil exploration, plant life cycle, compost, and healthy eating.Classes take home post-visit activity ideas and root view seed cups for classroom observation
Summer: Plant life cycle, composting, pollinators and beneficial bugs on the farm, harvesting, and healthy eating.
Fall: Visit our vegetable garden to harvest and eat garden treats, Collect leaves and make leaf prints, fall crafts, plant life cycle, compost, pollinators, season extension, and healthy eating.
Farm Education lessons meet Pennsylvania Academic Standards and are designed based on the 5-E educational model for science exploration.