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Pie Ranch cultivates a healthy and just food system from seed to table through food education, farmer training, and regional partnerships.

 

 

FIELD TRIPS

We believe in experiential learning, connecting youth of all ages to new foods, soil,
and open spaces. Our field trips provide a wide range of opportunities for your class or youth group to engage with all that Pie Ranch has to offer from field to kitchen. Explore the
program offerings below to find an option that meets your class objectives and wishes.
We will be happy to help arrange a program that will work for you!

 

 

Field Trip Menu

All programs described account for facilitated program time. High School chaperone to student ratio: 1 per 10 students. 5th Grade and below: 1 per 7 students. Fees for teacher and chaperone are waived based on recommended ratio, additional chaperones will be charged at cost per student.

 

Program Booking Dates:
When available on our calendar February–November, Tuesdays are available for
Option #1 field trips, Thursdays and Fridays are available for Options #1–5.

Programming is not available December-January as well as Mondays,
Tuesdays (with exception of Option #1), and Wednesdays.

 

 

Option #1
Introduction to a Working Farm

Classes of 15 to 30 ::: 90 minutes | 10am–12:30pm

Grade level: K–12

 

Enjoy a two-hour walking tour of our farm with one of our staff. Tour includes a milling demonstration in our historic Roadside Barn and discussion of our small-farm operation. Guests are invited to bring their own lunch to picnic in our meadow following their tour.

 

10:00am:  Arrival and Welcome

10:00am–10:30am:  Overview of Pie Ranch, ice breaker, safety review

10:30am–12:30pm:  Milling Demo followed by walking tour of farm

12:30pm:  Enjoy our meadow for your own picnic lunch (optional)

 

 

Option #2

CONNECTING WITH THE SOIL

Classes of 15 to 30 ::: 3.5 hours | 9:30am–1:00pm

Grade level: 5th–12th grade

 

Enjoy a facilitated tour of the farm, engage in a farm activity facilitated by one of our farm team members. A closing reflection will be facilitated by a Pie Ranch staff member. Guests are invited
to bring their own lunch to picnic in our meadow at the end of the experience.

 

9:30am: Arrival and Welcome

9:30am–10:00am: Overview of Pie Ranch, ice breaker, safety review

10:00am–11:15am: Walking Tour of Farm

11:15am–12:30pm: Farm project with farm team

12:30pm–1:00pm: Enjoy our meadow for your own picnic lunch (optional)

 

 

Option #3
FOOD JUSTICE FROM FIELD TO TABLE

Class up to 30 ::: 3.5 hours | 9:30am–1:00pm

Grade Level 5th–12th grade

 

Enjoy a facilitated tour while harvesting some seasonal produce that will be
included in a side dish offering prepared by your class that will compliment a buffet
prepared by our visiting chef educator.

 

9:30am: Arrival and Welcome

9:30am–10:00am: Overview of Pie Ranch, ice breaker, safety review

10:00am–12:30pm: Farm harvest and tour, culinary lesson with chef educator

12:30pm: Enjoy a lunch buffet prepared just for your group

 

 

Option #4
THE WHOLE PIE

Class up to 20 ::: 3.5 hours | 9:30–1:00pm

Grade level: 5th grade and up

 

Upon arrival, the group will be divided into three teams: farm, culinary, and pie baking.
The farm team will work alongside members of our farm apprentice group on a seasonal farm project, the culinary team will work with our chef educator to prepare lunch for the visiting class, the pie team will create and bake pies from scratch. The groups will reunite to enjoy the
lunch buffet and pies made fresh that day to conclude the visit.

 

9:30am: Arrival and Welcome

9:30am–10:00am: Overview of Pie Ranch, ice breaker, safety review

10:00am–12:30pm: Farm, Culinary, Pie teams break out

12:30pm–1:15pm: Farm walk

1:15-1:30pm: Enjoy pie together

 

 

Option #5
LIFE ON A FARM: OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

Class up to 30 ::: 1.5 days | Time TBD

 

Overnight experiences at Pie Ranch are facilitated by Pie Ranch staff for the first portion of the day. We encourage visiting groups to explore the surrounding natural spaces near Pie Ranch after lunch and/or encourage you to craft activities or lessons that match your classroom discussions. The proposal below outlines a model for what overnight programming looks like at Pie Ranch
and includes suggestions for programming you may with to incorporate. For a listing of afternoon program ideas please see the bottom of this form. We are flexible with our programming
and are happy to work with you to adjust to the needs of your group within
our staff capacity, to ensure that your visit is impactful and memorable.

 

 

 

What to activities to expect on your visit:

 

Winter

Farm: Soil tests; sowing wheat; pruning cane berries and apple trees; greenhouse work;
paint signs for farm stand & tours/workdays; pest control, gopher/rodent trapping

 

Kitchen: tbd  •  Pies: Lemon

 

Spring

Farm: Prep ground for planting;set-up irrigation; pest/disease control; sowing in greenhouse; direct sowing & transplanting; harvest & post-harvest handling; weed cultivation; animal husbandry; pest control, gopher/rodent trapping

 

Kitchen: tbd  •  Pies: Lemon, strawberry rhubarb

 

Summer

Farm: Irrigation; sowing in greenhouse; direct sowing & transplanting; pest/disease control; weeding; summer/apple pruning; harvest & post-harvest handling; animal husbandry;
pest control, gopher/rodent trapping

 

Kitchen: tbd  •  Pies: Strawberry rhubarb

 

Fall

Farm: Harvest, plant strawberries & garlic, irrigation, pest control, preparing ground for winter cover crops, weeding, mulching fruit trees, pulling out summer crops (corn, beans),
winnowing beans and processing them for drying.

 

Kitchen: tbd  •  Pies: Apple, pumpkin

 

 

 

Pricing and Costs

A 50% deposit is required for booking purposes and is due 7 business days after an e-mail confirmation. Full payment for field trips is due 30 days after the issue of an invoice. In the case of unfavorable weather, we will provide you with an option to reschedule.
Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance.

 

All income received from field trips supports our operational costs that allows us to continue offering learning opportunities on our farm and also provides coverage for schools that express need of financial assistance. Thank you for your support!

 

 

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