Farm education programs connect kids to healthy food sources
A joint initiative between Lankenau Medical Center and Greener Partners, the Deaver Wellness Farm offers school-age children and adults a unique, hands-on, garden-to-table education. This living outdoor classroom connects learners to the source of healthy food, promotes healthy eating, and investigates the science behind agriculture.
After digging, planting, pulling and harvesting, students are able to taste the produce they have worked with in delicious, nutritious snacks that are served at the completion of each class.
“Teaching children where wholesome food comes from plants the seeds of wellness for life.” – Phil Robinson, Lankenau Medical Center president
Use the five senses to build observation skills and explore both plants and wildlife at the farm. Discover edible plant parts and learn why eating plants are part of a healthy diet.
PA: 3.1.A; 3.2.B; AL 4.4; 10.1.H; 10.2.C
SEEDS AND SPROUTS
Explore the hidden side of plants! Students examine different kinds of seeds and roots, and begin to explore the relationship between seeds, soil, and the plants we eat.
PA: 3.1.A; 3.2.B; 3.3.A; 10.2.C
Step into the shoes of a farmer learn about seasonality and the climate of Pennsylvania. Make connections between what we see on supermarket shelves and what is ready for harvest in our area.
PA: 3.2.B; 3.3.A; 3.4.D; 4.4.B; 3.3.5.B1
LIVING SOIL AND COMPOST
Don’t call it dirt! Many organisms and decomposers are part of a soil food web, and soil affects all life on earth. Students explore the farm and discover the world of soils and compost.
PA: 3.3.3.A1; 4.1.3.D; 4.1.5.A; 4.1.8.B
A POLLINATION PICNIC (May through October)
Learn about different methods of pollination, and observe pollinating insects at the farm. Discover the importance of pollination in agriculture and in nature.
PA: 4.1.A; 4.4.5.A; 10.1.H; 10.1.I
Students will discuss food access, food miles, and food systems. We will tour the farm, plant seeds or seedlings, and discuss the health benefits and environmental impacts of different food choices.
PA: 4.4.8.A; 6.4.8.D; 6.2.7.A
We are open to adjusting grade levels for lessons upon request.
*Each lesson at the Deaver Wellness Farm includes the harvest and preparation of a salad or healthy snack. All recipes are tree-nut and peanut free. Please discuss any other dietary restrictions at least one week before arrival.