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Kids on the Farm

kidsonthefarmyukon_at_gmail.com

Sarah Ouellette (867) 689-5866
Program Coordinator

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The Kids on the Farm program offers hands-on opportunities for students in K-12 to explore the life cycles, interconnections and ethical issues on a local farm.

NEW: Invite a farmer into your classroom to learn about plants and animals, make local relish or sauerkraut, discuss food security issues and more!

Recommended grade-specific topics with clear links to the Big Ideas in BC’s new curriculum or the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLO’s) in BC’s old curriculum are listed below. Take your class on a field trip to a local farm or invite a farmer into your classroom to speak about these topics and/or facilitate hands-on activities!

PLEASE NOTE: While at a working farm, students will be guided on a comprehensive tour and at least part of the tour will be devoted to observation, discussion and/or hands-on activities related to the recommended grade-specific topics listed below. It is imperative that each teacher and farmer discuss the class’ learning objectives and desired activities so that expectations are clear and for students to get the most out of the experience.

Farm Profiles for 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2016 Curriculum Connections:

Grades K/1/2 Science: Plants, Animals and Seasonal Change

Use your 5 senses to explore life cycles on the farm:

  • Plants from seeds to harvest: sow seeds in spring or harvest vegetables in fall.
  • Baby and mature farm animals: feed, brush, touch and/or hold farm animals.
  • Weather and seasonal change on the farm.
  • Water cycle on the farm and everywhere.

Curriculum Connections - Big Ideas

  • Plants and animals have observable features and behaviours that help them survive in their environment.
  • Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things.
  • All living things have a life cycle.
  • Water is essential to all living things and it cycles through the environment.

Contact: Any of the participating farms

 

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Grades 3/4/5 Science: Biodiversity on the Farm

Explore the diversity of plant, animal and soil life:

  • Plants: local and non-native plants; learn plant parts; plants are producers, the foundation of food pyramids.
  • Animals: farm animal characteristics; basic structures and functions of body systems; animals are consumers.
  • Soil biology: healthy soil ecosystems; bacteria and fungi are decomposers; different soil particles; compost.
  • Food chains and food webs on the farm and in nature.

Curriculum Connections - Big Ideas

  • Living things are diverse, can be grouped and interact in their ecosystems.
  • All living things and their environment are interdependent.
  • Humans use earth materials as natural resources.

Contact: Any of the participating farms

 

Grades 6/7 Arts Education: Local Fibre and Textiles

Learn about local fibre-producing animals and local fibre arts:

  • Observe alpaca or sheep shearing.
  • Learn about natural fibres, including their origins, characteristics, uses and care.
  • Felt with local wool.

Curriculum Connections - Big Ideas

  • Engaging in creative expression and experiences expands people’s sense of identity and community.
  • Engaging in the arts develops people’s ability to understand and express complex ideas.

Contact: Midnight Sun Alpaca Farm, Northern Spirit Alpaca Farm or Wheaton River Gardens

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greens

Grade 8 Science: Photosynthesis and/or Microorganisms on the Farm

Learn about plant growth and/or explore the relationship of microorganisms with living things:

  • Photosynthesis and cellular respiration in action.
  • Bacteria in food production: make cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut or other fermented food.
  • Compost: nature’s way of recycling; learn about microorganisms in the soil.

Curriculum Connection - Big Idea

  • Cells are a basic unit of life.

Contact: Circle D Ranch, Elemental Farm, Lendrum Ross Farm, Little Fox Farm, Midnight Sun Alpaca Farm, or Wheaton River Gardens

Grade 8/9 Foods and Nutrition: Personal Food Choices

Investigate the cause and effect of our personal food choices:

  • Learn about the true cost of local food.
  • Examine factors that influence personal food choices, including availability, cost and environmental concerns.
  • Consider the impact of factors that influence food choices, such as pricing, quality, availability, convenience, taste, organically grown and/or locally produced.

Curriculum Connections - PLO’s

  • Social, economic and cultural factors that influence personal food choice.
  • Discuss impact of factors that influence food choices.

Contact: Circle D Ranch, Elemental Farm, Heart Bar Ranch, Lendrum Ross Farm, Little Fox Farm, Midnight Sun Alpaca Farm, Rivendell Farm, or Wheaton River Gardens

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Grizzly

 

Grade 9 Science: Nutrient Cycles on the Farm

Investigate energy, water and nutrients cycles on a local farm:

  • Solar radiation and the greenhouse effect.
  • Nutrient cycles, soil health and compost.
  • Sustainable agriculture maintains a healthy ecosystem on the farm.

Curriculum Connection - Big Idea

  • The biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.

Contact: Circle D Ranch, Elemental Farm, Lendrum Ross Farm, Little Fox Farm, Midnight Sun Alpaca Farm, or Wheaton River Gardens

Grade 10 Science: Animal Husbandry and Genetics

Explore the impacts of domestication and animal husbandry on the diversity of life:

  • Basic Mendelian genetics and animals husbandry.
  • Mutation, natural and artificial selection on the farm.
  • Genetics and ethical considerations.

Curriculum Connection - Big Idea

  • Genes are the foundation for the diversity of living things.

Contact: Circle D Ranch, Heart Bar Ranch, Lendrum Ross Farm, Midnight Sun Alpaca Farm, Northern Spirit Alpaca Farm, or Wheaton River Gardens

 

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Wheaton

Grade 10/11/12 Foods and Nutrition: Local Food Production

See where local food comes from and how it is produced:

  • Discover a healthy farm ecosystem and learn about local production methods.
  • Explore factors that influence food production and supply, such as weather, production and fuel costs, growing conditions, local economy, organic production, growing season and geographic location.
  • Consider environmental and health implications of local versus global food production.

Curriculum Connections - PLO’s

  • Identify factors that affect food production and supply, especially in Canada today.
  • Investigate career opportunities related to food production, service and marketing.
  • Analyse global and environmental health issues related to the production and consumption of food.

Contact: Circle D Ranch, Elemental Farm, Heart Bar Ranch, Lendrum Ross Farm, Little Fox Farm, Midnight Sun Alpaca Farm, Rivendell Farm, or Wheaton River Gardens

Grade 11 Biology: Ecology on the Farm

Explore living things and their roles in the farm ecosystem:

  • Microorganisms on the farm and their role in the cycling of nutrients.
  • Plants use water and nutrients for photosynthesis.
  • Pollinators are essential for plants to develop viable seeds.
  • Food chains and food webs in the farm ecosystem.

Curriculum Connection - Big Idea

  • Living things are interdependent.

Contact: Circle D Ranch, Elemental Farm, Lendrum Ross Farm, Little Fox Farm, Midnight Sun Alpaca Farm, or Wheaton River Gardens

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Grades 11/12 Social Studies - Social Justice: Food Security

Explore the challenges and opportunities in attaining food security in the north and around the world:

  • Food mapping: where does your food come from?
  • Local versus imported food: costs, benefits and risks.
  • Climate change, rising food prices, farmers, consumer choices and food security.

Curriculum Connections - Big Ideas

  • The causes of social injustices are complex and have lasting impacts on society.
  • Social justice issues have both individual and systemic effects.

Contact: Circle D Ranch, Elemental Farm, Heart Bar Ranch, Lendrum Ross Farm, Little Fox Farm, Midnight Sun Alpaca Farm, or Wheaton River Gardens

Grade 12 Entrepreneurship: Farmers are Entrepreneurs

Learn about running your own farm business from an expert in the field:

  • Risks and benefits of farming, working for yourself and supporting your community.
  • Farm economics, flow of goods from producer to consumer and marketing.
  • Explore other agricultural career opportunities.

Curriculum Connection - Big Idea

  • New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.

Contact: Any of the participating farms

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tractor

Grade 12 Geography: Resource Management and Agriculture

Investigate the environmental impacts of local versus global agriculture:

  • Discover a healthy farm ecosystem and techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities and animal welfare.
  • Compare local, sustainable farming practices to large-scale, conventional agriculture.
  • Consider environmental concerns related to agriculture, such as water pollution, global warming and soil erosion.
  • Observe responsible use of energy and water resources, such as solar power and conservation irrigation.

Curriculum Connections - PLO’s

  • Assess the various considerations involved in resource management, including sustainability, availability, social and economic consequences.
  • Assess the environmental impact of human activities, including energy production and use, agriculture and water use.

Contact: Circle D Ranch, Elemental Farm, Heart Bar Ranch, Lendrum Ross Farm, Little Fox Farm, Midnight Sun Alpaca Farm, Rivendell Farm, or Wheaton River Gardens


Kids on the Farm is a Growers of Organic Food Yukon project, generously funded by the Canada-Yukon Growing Forward 2 Agriculture Education Program and the Yukon Government Ministry of Education.


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