SEED SAVING FARM-TO-SCHOOL PROGRAM [Fall]
The Seed Saving Fall Program is designed to supplement learning at school with developmentally appropriate activities, with consideration to common core standards. This experiential and hands-on learning opportunity offers students the chance to build a body of experiences that ground and enhance their academic learning in the classroom. Using the body and their senses, the child will be immersed in the experience of the cycle of growth as well as the opportunity to contribute to our local farm.
Seed Saving Workshop:
Students engage with the process of identification as well as seed threshing and winnowing to prepare for the next spring season.
This workshop can have many extensions for student projects and extended learning. We recommend our follow-up Spring program, Sow to Grow.
SOW TO GROW PROGRAM [Spring]
This three* phase, Sow to Grow Spring program teaches students about the cycle of food at the farm.
Crossroads Farm educators and volunteers visit students in the classroom in early Spring. Students will engage in soil blocking, seed identification, and seed planting.
Students visit the farm in mid-Spring to learn about the history of the farm and organic farming procedures. Students will transplant seedlings directly into the fields.
Students visit the farm in early Summer to harvest what was planted in phase two. A farm-to-table feast concludes this visit. Students and teachers come together to express gratitude for the gifts of nature and to break bread together!
*Schools new to Sow to Grow must complete a pre-phase 1 teacher training at the farm.
Field Trips [Summer, Spring, Fall]
Available for public school classes of all ages & college classes!
What does it mean to be a farmer? Students will engage in important farm tasks based on the season of their visit. Each visit includes a conversation about our organic farm, its history, a tour of the farm, a selected activity and free play. Some activities may include preparing seed trays, planting, transplanting, harvesting, seed collecting, hoeing, weeding, composting with an organic slant.
Additional activities and themes are available if choosing a series of visits.
We welcome Scouts of all ages to join us at the farm to participate in farm life!
Your First Visit:
Scouts will engage in important farm tasks based on the season of their visit. Some activities may include preparing seed trays, planting, transplanting, harvesting, seed collecting, hoeing, weeding, and composting with an organic slant.
Each visit includes a conversation about our organic farm, its history, a tour of the farm, a selected activity and free play.
If you are working on a badge, please let us know and we can work collaboratively to design your experience.
Scouts seeking volunteer opportunities must be 16 years old and must first participate in an orientation (fee included in first visit).
"Education for Sustainability is learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet. It helps teachers bridge grade levels and subject areas, curriculum and school operations, and parent and community partnerships."— Shelburne Farms’ Sustainable Schools Project
For more information on booking our Education Programs for your school or organization, contact us at or call 516-881-7900 Ext 3