Organic Farming 101

Organic Farming 101 is for Middle and High School students—and beyond! The program is rooted in organic and sustainable farming practices and takes place on our certified organic production farm. (We offer this program to 4th & 5th grade students at the teacher’s discretion. Please note the student to instructor ratio is typically 20:1).

Content can be tailored according to individual focus areas, ranging from social justice and food miles, to impacts of flooding and conservation.

Other topics may include:

  • Organic soil health and methods (organic farmers grow the soil, not the crops!)
  • Organic pest management techniques using fire, beneficial insects, and other creative methods
  • How native plants and restoration fit in on the farm
  • Local foods and food miles (How can we eat more locally in our state? City? Neighborhood?)

The program

Organic Farming 101 is a 2.5 hour program with two components:

1. The farm tour: An educational tour through the production fields with one of our knowledgeable farmers, where classes will learn about and discuss the challenges of organic food production (approx 90 minutes, followed by a 30-minute lunch break).

2. The service project: Learn by doing through educational, facilitated field work. Students will be lead through a real farm chore depending on seasonal needs. Possibilities include weeding, gleaning, transplanting, and mulching (approx 30 minutes).

Dates

Note: If your desired program date does not yet have registration slots available, please call 425-788-1134 x 3 or email education@oxbow.org to schedule your field trip

Summer

We are full for Summer 2018!

Fall 2018

September 17-28, November 1-9 from 10:30 am-1:00 pm.

Note: due to other seasonal programming, Organic Farming 101 is not offered during the month of October.

Please contact us to schedule: 425-788-1135 x 3 or education@oxbow.org

Spring 2019

April 15 – June 7th, 2019,  from 10:30 am-1:00 pm.

Cost

Tours are $200 for groups up to 20 students. For groups larger than 20, there is a graduated scale:

Groups of 21-25: $250

Groups of 26-30: $300

Groups of 31-35: $350

Groups of 36-40: $400

Groups of 41-45: $450

Groups of 46-50: $500

Scholarships-If field trip costs pose a hardship, please contact us at education@oxbow.org for scholarship information. (Scholarships are based on free and reduced lunch rate.)

Getting here

We are using our West Entrance for field trips. Google Maps will not send you to the right place! See directions here.

Scholarships 

If field trip costs pose a hardship, please contact us at education@oxbow.org for scholarship information.