Y5 trip to Hilltop Hanover Farm
This week Year Five went on a school trip to Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights, NY. Formerly a dairy farm, and with roots dating back to the 1600’s, Hilltop Hanover currently acts as a regional education hub offering programs on healthy and sustainable food production, skills for small-scale suburban and urban farmers, and sustainable living practices for local communities. The Eco-friendly nature of the farm and its promotion of a healthier more sustainable way of life fitted particularly well with our current Unit of Inquiry on how humans impact earth’s natural systems.
Year Five’s “Life on a Farm” program provided the children with an introduction to all the animals that lived and worked at Hilltop Hanover. The children also took a walking tour of the fields so that they could see what life on a regenerative farm looked like! Year Five were also able to meet the animals raised there and to learn about their various role on the farm – the cows and chickens were a real hit!
A key component of the visit was the chance for us to learn about how seasonal varieties of vegetables were grown, how crops were rotated and to see what it means to be an organic farm. The children also got to look into how modern greenhouse farming works. Throughout the trip, our guide Helen really helped the children understand the benefits of community supported agriculture (CSA) and the healthy practices necessary for growing food on an organic farm. It was a great day out.