Creating connections between local growers and the school lunchroom.
Information about your farm field trip
In preparation for your upcoming visit we ask that you read through this information carefully.
Rogue Valley Farm to School is a small non-profit organization; we depend on volunteers, teachers and parents to help make your visit a success. This means that some teachers and parents will lead stations during the visit. Parent-led activities are simple. Directions and all necessary materials will be provided at the farm. Thanks so much for your cooperation!
Rogue Valley Farm to School coordinates with local farms to allow students to visit a working farm. We have agreements with each site that must be honored to ensure continued program availability. It is important that students observe the rules resulting from these agreements. These guidelines have been developed with the safety of the children and the farmer’s crops in mind. We will review the following rules required of each visitor to all of our farm sites when your class arrives. They are:
- Watch where you step - even the smallest foot can damage seedlings and irrigation tubing.
- Ask before you pick anything - children will have the opportunity to harvest, but need to wait for instruction.
- Stay with your group - sometimes activities are spread out over a large area and we don’t want anyone getting lost.
- Respect the people, the farm and the food - tools are to be used with care and for their intended purpose. The produce is to be eaten and should be treated gently.
Schedules can be adapted to fit the time your visit allows.
Sample Harvest Meal Schedule:
9:30-9:45 Welcome, orientation, rules
** SPLIT INTO GROUPS**
9:45-10:15 Session 1
10:15-10:45 Session 2
11:00-11:30 Session 3
11:30-12 Session 4
12-12:30 LUNCH, clean up, good-byes
Small Groups with Assigned Parent or Teacher Leaders
- 5-8 in each group
- Name the groups in farm-themed names
- Name tags are helpful
What to Bring
- Attire: weather-appropriate clothing, dress in layers, sturdy shoes or boots
- Water bottles
Parent volunteers are encouraged to arrive at the farm 15 minutes before the class, if possible. If not, written instructions describing a simple activity will be provided when they arrive. One or two parents or teachers will lead activity stations, others will rotate through with a group of students.
Please remember that we are a non-profit organization, donations are gratefully accepted!
If you have any questions or concerns about your field trip, don't hesitate to contact us!