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Food and Farming: Half Day

Class Details

3 Hours

4th Grade to Adult


Two People Planting Crops Inside Farm Hoop House
Jenna Pollard, Brittney Portes, wolf ridge Farm. Finland, MN

What relationships and skills do we need to build in order to sustain a healthy community of farmers and eaters?

This class explores Wolf Ridge Farm starting with a tour of farm infrastructure, including classroom high tunnels, farm kitchen, and chicken coop. Next, students step into the farmers’ boots as they help with seasonal field tasks. Students then transition into a lesson based upon the seasonal farm tasks. The class concludes with a food web activity and reflections on the quest for fair and just food systems as an important global environmental issue.


  1. In farming, relationships are at the heart of what we do and how we do it.
  2. There are lots of types of farms and different ways to farm. Location plays a big role.
  3. Farming is hard work, an understanding of tools and techniques can help.
  4. Farming requires a good understanding of ecological, mechanical, and financial disciplines
  5. Farming is dynamic, it changes with the seasons
  6. Our food choices can support a sustainable food system for everyone, farmers and eaters!


  • Identify specific vegetables and food crops on the farm and share their experience with their classmates in the dining hall.
  • Say “I can do this!” when it comes to growing food.
  • Think critically about the farming practices implemented where their food comes from.
  • Understand how farming fits into the ecological system.
  • Recognize farming and eating as a series of relationships that involve them, the land, the wildlife, and those who came before.
  • Understand the history of the food and farming and the people involved, both on this land and in the US.