FIELD TRIP 1
Camp Twin Lakes
Join Farm Coordinator, Nathan Fussell, as he leads a tour of the edible gardens, grass-fed cattle operation, bee hives and laying hens, while sharing techniques to engage children and youth in agricultural practices that produce clean healthy food. Jeffrey Hinkle, Chef Manager, will be demonstrating camper – approved cooking activities and discussing the practicalities of using farm fresh produce in a commercial kitchen. In 2014 Camp Twin Lakes Farm welcomed over 2000 campers with serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges, as well as every 5th grader in Morgan County.
FIELD TRIP 2
Hilsman Middle and Clarke Middle School: Growing and Eating Farm to School
Hilsman Middle School’s farm to school program features goats, chickens, and fish, as well as edible gardens and a greenhouse. Agriscience teacher Pam Stratton uses these production methods to engage students in hands-on learning about farming and science. Clarke Middle is famous around Athens for having a booming garden. Agriscience teacher Debbie Mitchell and Americorps Vista Service Member Wick Pritchard will show you around the rows of vegetables, fruit trees, greenhouse, and chicken coop, and will talk about how they use the garden as a learning tool. Afterwards, participants will head to the classroom for a student-prepared and seasonally inspired snack!
FIELD TRIP 3
Hands-On Building and Planting a Garden from Start to Finish
Want to learn how to build a raised bed? Compost bin? Then this is the trip for you! Spend the morning building a garden at the School Nutrition Department with School Nutrition Director Paula Farmer, FoodCorps service members, and the Athens Land Trust. You’ll leave with hands-on experience in garden bed building, as well as when and how to plant some popular seasonal seeds and seedlings.
FIELD TRIP 4
Jackson County Farm to School Program
Jackson County features a dynamic farm to school program in the classroom and the cafeteria. Join Stephen Lush, a Garden and STEM teacher, to experience his edible science garden and observe how hands-on learning is interwoven into the curriculum. Afterwards, Nutrition Director Debra Morris will share the ins and outs of her Jackson County Strong Day, where over 75 percent of the food served in school meals comes from Jackson County! For lunch, everyone will have a chance to enjoy one of her signature school meals featuring a local product.