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Farm to Table Agriculture Course

By
Nandini Vaishnav,   Henry Ford Academy Of Mfg.
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Henry Ford Academy is situated in a unique location inside the grounds of The Henry Ford museum and Greenfield Village. Greenfield Village hosts one of the last 18th century working farms. As part of the third trimester course listings, students had the opportunity to enlist in this course and learn the real working of a farm, explore community gardens and work with the farm animals. Students are also taking advantage of becoming a part of 4H - the nation’s largest youth development organization, empowering six million young people throughout the United States. This is really a unique and exciting opportunity for our urban students to explore rural life first hand.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

One of the main aspects of this course is for the students to learn first hand what it means to be a part of a farm family. They look closely at daily life on Firestone Farm, and what it means to work and live on a family farm in the 1880s. Museum staff work with our students to help them understand agricultural advances, such as various tractors and harvesting devices. Students also complete weekly chores: feeding sheep, cows, chickens, cleaning pens, preparing soil, or planting seeds

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

The Food and Agriculture at Firestone Farm course is written into our course directory and is offered each tri so that students can follow the farm through the seasons. This course is designed for students to truly immerse themselves in the Greenfield Village experience: studying hands-on how people lived in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Students will experience these historical practices “hands-on”, and create an exhibit related to that topic for the 4H fair.