Investigations from Farm to Table
This course offers students the unique opportunity to grow, cook and eat their own food. In addition, we will study the life cycles of plants and animals, as we do hands-on work caring for Pingry’s growing farm. Activities will include planting seeds, weeding the garden beds, harvesting crops and caring for our flock of chickens. Students will get the chance to learn about cheese and bread making, as well as sample the food they have grown during on-campus picnics. We will even have a guest teacher come one day to teach us about cooking over a campfire!
The Basking Ridge campus includes more than a hundred acres of woodland and farm property. Our entire day will be spent outdoors. In addition to the learning about where food comes from and how to produce it, students will be able to engage with nature and explore the campus. They will write, draw and record observations about their experiences daily. The course may also include a visit to a local farm.
The course will require physical activity for the bulk of the time. Students should be able to hike for at least 30 minutes over gravel and dirt paths, and lift watering cans, wood and small stones. Appropriate attire includes good walking shoes and clothes that can get dirty! Gloves and other necessary equipment will be provided. We will ensure that there is food for each student to sample, regardless of allergies or dietary restrictions.
The course is led by a Pingry Biology and Farming Teacher.