Urban Farm Lessons

Lessons at the Urban Farm are hands on, interactive experiences that give learners of all ages an opportunity to connect their classroom knowledge to the natural world around them.  We offer on-farm education classes to school groups, community organizations, church groups, etc. We will work with you to customize your visit to the needs and ages of your group.

Educational visits include an introduction to the farm and a farm tour, along with educational activities.  Lessons can be selected from the list below or customized based on the group’s needs.  Some of our most popular lessons can be found below.

Life of a farmer: Come out and learn what life is like for an Urban Farmer.  Participants will take part in the daily chores on the farm.  Tasks are seasonal but may include transplanting, seeding, weeding, harvesting, washing and packing vegetables for the market are just a few of the jobs you will take part in.

The life cycle of a flowering plant: Come discover how a plant grows from seed to flower. We’ll identify plants parts such as roots, stems, leaves, buds, and flowers and learn why they are so important to the health of the plant.  The lesson will conclude with a nature walk where students can use their new skills to identify plant parts and their function.   

Food miles: This class asks students to think about how the food they eat ends up on their plate. How is the environment impacted by our food choices? What does it mean to eat local food? Come discover the true cost of our food with this fun and informative lesson.

Compost: How and why does nature “recycle” its own resources? Students will learn that life, death, decay, and re-birth are essential elements on the farm. This activity will teach how to build a pile, introduce the creatures who live in a pile, and show the benefits of compost for plants and soil.

Edible plant parts: Do you ever wonder what asparagus is?  What part of the plant is broccoli?  This lesson will teach students to identify what part of the plant they are eating. The lesson will conclude with a nature walk where students can use their new skills to identify what is growing at CCUA and what part of the plant they can eat.

Please schedule at least 3 weeks in advance to ensure that we can accommodate your group. To schedule please complete an application.

If you have any questions or concerns about scheduling your class for an Urban Farm Lesson, please contact CCUA’s Urban Farm Educator Kyle Holland at kyle@columbiaurbanag.org or by phone at (573) 514-4174. We look forward to working with you!

Proper Attire
This is a working farm and therefore there will be dirt! Please dress according to the weather, wear boots or closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.