During my internship hours, we were lucky enough to host a field trip- sponsored by Aggies Move- at the farm! Students from a local elementary school came to visit, and as a Howdy Farm intern and officer I was given the opportunity to show the students around the farm. We set up a few different stations for the students to rotate between. At these stations they learned about hardening-off seedlings, sustainability, transplanting, harvesting, and composting! At first, I thought that these topics would be too much for the 3rd and 4th graders to understand- but they surprised me! They were very responsive and engaged in each activity.
Some students were more excited to answer questions than others...
It felt very rewarding to teach children about where their food comes from. Many of the children didn’t even realize that a head of lettuce grows straight out of the ground! Instead, many of them thought it grew on a tree or a bush. Here is a picture of the students learning how to harvest lettuce!
As the elementary school was packing up to leave, I saw one student tug on a Howdy Farmer’s sleeve to get his attention. She said, “I don’t want to leave” in a soft voice- there was definitely a tinge of disappointment in her voice. That is one of my favorite things about Howdy Farm- sharing what we love with the community (especially children!) It is gratifying to see someone who is just as curious and excited as you are to walk around the farm and explorer. Children have such an adventurous spirit and their excitement makes me excited to learn more about the farm!
Due to my filming and video editing, I haven’t been able to participate in the actual act of farming as much as I was hoping to this semester. I was really hoping to learn how to run a small scale farm, but i’m reminded by these kids that I should find a learning opportunity in every experience that I have. Just because i’m not farming all the time doesn’t mean I should stop asking questions or that I’ve lost the opportunity to learn. I’m going to start appreciating my time at the Farm now more than ever!
Howdy! My name is Marissa Albers and I am a Nutritional Sciences major pursuing a minor in Horticulture. My passion lies with food and where it comes from! I would eventually love to work with food security by helping malnourished populations find sustainable solutions to their hunger and nutrient deficiencies. I am excited to learn about how to grow healthy, local produce and to help bridge the gap between the community of Bryan/College Station and their food source!