For over a decade, the Randall’s Island Urban Farm has encouraged visitors to explore sustainable agriculture and the environment in a space designed for teaching and learning.
The Urban Farm Edible Education Program offers a formal opportunity for local K – 12 students to engage in topics not often addressed in school: their food, how it is grown, and how it contributes to their health and well-being, as well as to their communities and the greater food system.
Our experienced team of Urban Farmers & Educators guide students through age-appropriate hands-on classes focused on the environment, planting, composting, animal care, and cooking. Through these classes, students deepen their understanding around topics like soil biodiversity, plant anatomy, urban ecosystems, and healthy eating.
Lessons adapt to seasonal changes and classes can be tailored to the needs of teachers. All classes are developed to align with what students are learning in the classroom and adhere to New York State Scope and Sequence along with Common Core Standards.
Edible Education Field-Trips
In-Person Field Trip: In a two-hour visit*, students get a broad introduction to the farm by rotating through activities that engage their five senses in learning. They explore the diversity of fruits and vegetables available on the farm during a “walking, talking, tasting tour,” and prepare a simple farm-fresh dish with their harvest. They meet a flock of chickens and learn about their living habits and their significance to a farm and the farm’s surrounding community. They get their hands dirty, learning about compost and the important role worms play in growing our food. Along the way, students explore the relationships of vegetables within different families of crops, plant anatomy, pollination, and the relationships of animals to plants within the ecology of the farm.
*In 2021, in-person visits will be limited to 1.5 hours.
Virtual Field Trip: In this 30–45-minute experience, students participate in a live virtual tour of the Urban Farm. During the tour, Farmers & Educators will introduce students to a range of topics while engaging in a Q & A along the way. Students will meet our flock of chickens, learn about composting, and discover the fruits and vegetables growing in our urban environment. Tours can be tailored to all ages and designed to align with teachers’ desired focus.
“I was really impressed with the variety of produce that you have at your farm. Getting to taste some it with my students was my favorite activity! Some of them have never tasted kale or beets, so it was nice to be able to expose them to different types of vegetables that they might enjoy.”
“[I enjoyed] Seeing the children learn about nature/gardening/nutrition with people who obviously love what they do in the such a relaxed and beautiful environment. There was clearly a lot of thought and planning involved.”
“It was such an amazing experience and it will be a good memory for me and the kids. I cannot thank you enough and the soba was yummy…!”