Exploring Merry Lea Sustainable Farm will wrap up a successful first season this week. The program introduces children to a working farm and the ways farm ecosystems are different from wild ecosystems.
During their visit, children act as scientists, comparing and contrasting wild ecosystems with a farm ecosystem. They also hunt for the ingredients found in foods like pizza. Above, a child records a food plant the group has sighted.
One highlight of the program is the opportunity to meet farmers at work.
“What are you doing?” a group leader asks Farm Manager Kate Friesen while his group visits the kitchen garden.
“I’m pulling out old cucumber vines that were killed by the cold,” Kate explains.