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A Day on the Farm! Garden Stewards Field Trip

 

 

 

Last Friday the Garden Stewards Program had the opportunity to explore two different urban farms within just a few miles of our school.

 

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Our first stop was at the School Farm at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. The School Farm is run by a The Ecology Center of San Francisco, http://www.eco-sf.org/. Farmer Sam gave us a tour of the farm walking us through the rows of different types of vegetables and plants they are growing. We talked about the importance of bio-diversity and how each plant plays a special role in the farm ecosystem.

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The School Farm specializes in natural building techniques. Natural building is an ancient technique of building using clay, sand and straw, also known as cob. They have an array or earthen structures on the farm such as a mini house, cob oven, chicken coop, and sculptures.

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The chickens were a highlight of our visit. The kids had the opportunity to go inside the coop where they held and fed the chickens. We also collected a dozen fresh eggs!

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As we continued on our farm tour we took a shortcut through an amazing natural and preserved habitat, Glen Canyon.

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Our second stop was to Alemany Farm, http://www.alemanyfarm.org/. Alemany Farm is the largest food production farm in San Francisco.  Farmer Jason gave us a tour of the vegetables, fruit orchard and honey bees. Alemany Farm is run solely on volunteer efforts so after the tour he put us right to work. We had groups weeding and collecting snails.

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When we were finished Farmer Jason let us harvest some beautiful heads of lettuce to take back to school for all our hard work. We were all exhausted by the end of the day, it’s not easy being a farmer. We had a day full of inspiration and learning how to grow food in our city while preserving and respecting the natural ecosystems around us. We are planning one more filed trip to visit the Civic Center Farmers Market and the Hayes Valley Farm project. Thanks to Chris, Susie and Tawnya for coming along with us. A big thank you to Farmer Sam and Jason for letting us come visit!!

 

 

 

 

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