|School Class Field Trips|
CORN PLANTING: Station Activities
Seed & Feed Preparation: Each person will select an ear of corn from the corncrib and remove the grain from the cob to “shell” the corn. Learn how to select the kernels which will make the best seed for planting. Use the remaining kernels to make feed for the farm animals by turning the wheels of a two-person grinder. Learn how our manure spreader recycles empty cobs on your way to the granary.
Corn Planting: Learn about corn planting technology by using hand sowing methods used throughout history...and by planting corn using a circa 1900, animal-drawn seeder. Discover why seeders like this one - and why tractor-drawn seeders- are still “future” technology for most of the world’s farmers.
Fieldwalk: Walk across fields that have been cultivated for over 200 years, and learn how crop rotations have allowed the farmer to maintain soil fertility. Corn, wheat, timothy and clover are some of the crops you will see. Weather and soil conditions permitting, you will visit a farmer who is working the fields with old fashioned horsepower.
Cornbread Baking & Tasting: Learn
how cornbread is made using the Farm’s flour, eggs, and honey
in a circa 1900 kitchen. Take a turn churning butter while the cornbread
bakes in our cookstove. Taste the cornbread as you learn about honey
production on the farm and the farms hardest workers--the honeybee.