Children Find Favorite Foods at Merry Lea Sustainable Farm

Environmental educator with children.

Ken Bauer, a student in the Masters in Environmental Education program, helps a student record a plant sighting.

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.