For our October field trip, HFP was honored to be selected as this year’s guest for Sauvie Island Center’s Farm to Preschool Day during National Farm to School Month. On our visit, children enjoyed participating in excerpts from the center’s farm-based preschool curriculum. They experienced organic farming in action as they explored the land and tools of farm life, they identified edible plants, and they visited the Grow Lunch Garden which is planted, tended, and harvested by visiting school children. Many HFP families continued on to Kruger’s Farm to witness the activities of a working farm at harvest and sales time, bounce on hay ride, and pick pumpkins to take home for the holidays.
SAUVIE ISLAND CENTER
For the tour of the Sauvie Island Center farm, children were split into three groups, each group with its own guide. Fun, down and dirty hands-on educational activities included seed to harvest projects, plant identification games, and soil and compost workshops.
On the tour, children explored a commercial greenhouse, and they learned to identify leaves and other plant components while playing a color matching game. Children rolled up their sleeves and dove into compost demonstrations, noting that healthy soil is full of worms. They sampled farm-grown vegetables straight from garden beds. Each child noted the unique tastes and textures while munching on fresh kale, fennel, carrots, and cherry tomatoes. Children also sunk their hands into the earth as they potted up their very own vegetable starts to take home.
HFP families and our farm guides gathered in a large song circle before taking a break for a snack where everyone delighted in the crunch and sweet flavors of apple slices, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin bread.
At Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island, HFP families climbed aboard a tractor and bounced through fields of harvested pumpkins. Children selected big, colorful choices to take home, maneuvering wheelbarrows and weighing their prized pumpkins before purchase.
The tractor hayride offered an ideal opportunity for appreciating the crisp fall weather, the sea of orange, gold, and white gourds strewn through surrounding fields, and the views of vast gray skies and trees just beginning to show their colorful foliage.