APPLE HILLS – Continuing the Farm to School initiative, students got a virtual glimpse into the life of an apple grower.
Since the pandemic, it has been difficult to get children out on field trips, so AG in the Classroom has started doing “virtual outings” instead.
The other day, about 3,000 students from Broome, Tioga and Chenango spoke with farmer Dave of Apple Hills.
Sarah Atwood, educator at AG in the Classroom, says it’s a great way to bring agriculture into schools.
Atwood also mentions that his National Farm to School Month and National Apple Month, so that’s a great connection.
“It’s great, we can hit these kids who could have gone with their parents, grandparents, anyone to an apple farm and pick. They actually got to see it and see what was going on, and it’s live, they got to ask farmer Dave questions. Is this cool? “, she says.
The students also received apples to taste while learning about the different types of apples.
They also got an exclusive preview of what Farmer Dave does on a daily basis.
Each student also received a free donut coupon.
Every apple kids eat in school is also New York apples.
AG in the Classroom plans to host more field trips like this in the future.