The Fields of Learning Program pairs a school with a local farm to enhance students’ education through hands-on agricultural experiences. This ongoing relationship, three farm visits per year, between the school and local farm gives children the opportunity to learn about local agriculture and its role in their community.
Fields of Learning Components
The program is open to any entire grade level, 1st-5th, in public, private, and charter schools. This program brings together Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards in an environment that is hands-on and relevant to students. By not only exploring the items grown on the farm, but also its environment and its changes and impacts (i.e. an empty pond from the drought), the program allows students to delve into all the disciplinary core ideas of life science. Learning stations and tours of the farm cut across the concepts of science in patterns, similarity, and diversity; cause and effect; scale, proportion and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; stability and change. All of this, while students develop an understanding and appreciation of the County’s agriculture and its role in their everyday lives.
- Fields of Learning Coordinator to perform logistical coordination between the teacher and the farmer for visits.
- Three seasonal field trips to an El Dorado County farm, including a walk/talk with a farmer, and a minimum of three on-site hands-on educational stations
- One program kick-off classroom visit from our Fields of Learning Coordinator
- Access to and consulting on additional resources and lesson plans to continue farm lessons back in the classroom
- Farm-assigned FFA student leaders to work with and be a role model for your students
This program’s inception and growth was made possible by a grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Unfortunately, the grant has come to an end. For the 2016-2017 school year, the cost of the Fields of Learning Experience is $375 per classroom.
The first Fields of Learning partnership is between Camino School first grade classes and Rainbow Orchards farm. El Dorado Ag in the Classroom is developing a program template based on the pilot project that will be structured to cover students through six grade levels of instruction. When completed, the Fields of Learning program template will be available to other schools who have an interest in the programs.
Future Farmers of America (FFA) – Ponderosa High School
In addition to learning from the Farmer’s, students from Pondersa High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) Ag Leadership class are present to lead and instruct students during farm visits.
Registration and Important Information- Coming Soon!
For more information or to sign up as a school or farm partner, please contact Coordinator, Cherie Combs by email at firstname.lastname@example.org