Programs and Field Trips

TUCSON VILLAGE FARM FIELD TRIP PROGRAMS:

 

“Growing Forward” Agriculture & Nutrition Program (Pre-K - 1st Grade)

 
Growing Forward is a 2-hour hands-on program for youth ages pre-k through 1st grade. This program cycles small groups of students through the “stations” of the farm, where they get their hands in the soil doing fun farm chores while learning about food production and the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, growing healthy soil, caring for chickens, composting, vermiculture (worm farming), nutrition, pollination, etc. The program fee is $6/child. Teachers and chaperones are always free and there is no limit on the number of adults that can attend. The $6 fee includes a healthy snack and a $5 coupon for each child to come back to the farm with their family to harvest produce during our weekly U-Pick Market. Programs are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and start promptly at 9:30a. For more information about the Growing Forward program please email tvf.fieldtrips@gmail.com or call 621-1006. To request a field trip for your group, please click here to complete and submit the form. 
 

“Branching Out” Agriculture and Nutrition Program (2nd - 5th Grade)

 
Branching Out is a 6-hour program for students grades 2nd to 5th grade. This program includes activities for the teachers to facilitate in a classroom setting prior to attending their 2 hour field trip on the farm and a classroom visit by one of our trained educators to deliver follow up activities. The cost is $6/student (adults are free). This program is currently grant funded. The $6 fee includes a healthy snack while at the farm and a $5 coupon for each student to come back to the farm to harvest produce during our weekly U-Pick Market. For more information about the Branching Out program please email tvf.fieldtrips@gmail.com or call 621-1006. To request a field trip for your group, please click here to complete and submit the form. 
 

Digging Deeper: Arid Lands Agriculture (6th-12th grade)

 
This 6th-12th grade Common Core-aligned field trip program is designed to teach students about the challenges of producing food in regions with water scarcity while providing sustainable solutions to these problems. In this 3 hour experiential field trip, students will examine the role of water in our ecosystem, move water through a model irrigation system, and plant, maintain and harvest food crops that are cultivated in arid regions throughout the world. Regional plants in our Desert Edibles Garden demonstrate to students that the Sonoran Desert has provided food for peoples in our region for centuries. Tying it all together, students will prepare and eat a dish using arid lands crops and discover that we can grow nutritious, flavorful foods while remaining stewards of our scarce water resources in a warming world. Programs are scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-12pm. The cost per student is $8 (Adults are free) and this includes a $5 coupon for each student to come back to the farm to harvest produce during our weekly U-Pick Market.  For more information or to schedule a group contact tplasse@email.arizona.edu or call (520) 621-1006. To request a field trip for your group, please click here to complete and submit the form. 
 

Digging Deeper: Nutrition and Healthy Living (6th-12 grades)

 
A 6th through 12th grade field trip program designed to teach students about nutrition and healthy living. In addition to a 3 hour field trip to the farm, this program also includes activities for the teachers to facilitate before attending their 3 hour field trip on the farm and a classroom visit by one of our trained educators to deliver follow up activities in the classroom. During the 3 hour experiential field trip, students will learn the importance of reading nutrition labels, explore hidden sugars and calculate the amount of sugar in a variety of foods and drinks, learn about the important role that physical activity plays in a healthy lifestyle, and discover easy ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet. Students will also participate in a hands-on culinary activity. The cost per student is $8  (Adults are free). For more information or to schedule a group contact Parker Filer at tvf.fieldtrips@gmail.comTo request a field trip for your group, please click here to complete and submit the form. 
 

OTHER PROGRAMS:

 

4-H Food Smart Families

Arizona 4-H is offering the 4-H Food Smart Families program in order to educate underserved youth and their families to take action around nutritional deficiencies, healthy food choices, safe cooking skills and food budget and management strategies. Food Smart Families is being offered to in-school and after-school program providers for youth ages 8-18. The program is being offered in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties and includes a dynamic curriculum that will include hands-on lessons designed to teach youth, and ultimately their families, about healthy food options, food selection and preparation, as well as food budgeting. Optional programming is also being offered that focuses on home and school gardening as a means to provide additional fresh produce into family’s diets. Contact Natalie Shepp at nshepp@cals.arizona.edu or 520-626-5161 for more information on joining the program. Click here to download the program overview. 

 

“Lil' Sprouts”

Lil' Sprouts is hands-on educational programming for 2-5 year olds and their accompanying grown-ups. We have worked to create a preschool program that is filled with investigation, discovery, exploration, and most importantly fun! We hope to encourage your little sprout how to become a young scientist, building confidence and gaining valuable skills along the way. Classes meet once a week for one hour. Our 2018 classes are currently enrolling. For more information, contact us at: tvflilsprouts@gmail.com

 

4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors

Tucson Village Farm offers middle and high school students the opportunity to be trained as leaders to promote healthy lifestyle choices and sustainability within our community. The Healthy Living Ambassador 4-H Club allows youth the opportunity to participate in projects on nutrition, cooking, local food production, mycology, beekeeping, team building, outdoor adventures and farm art. Participating students are required to attend the monthly community meetings, complete at least one project and volunteer at the farm or community events for at least 10 hours per semester. The idea is that youth can be encouraged to be instigators of change toward more healthy habits within their communities. Similar programs are also offered in Santa Cruz, Cochise and Pinal Counties. Contact Natalie Shepp at nshepp@cals.arizona.edu or (520) 626-5161 for more information.

 

Volunteer Mondays

Experience desert gardening first hand and learn by doing at the farm. Join us for Volunteer Mondays, from 8:30am to noon every Monday. Email us at volunteertvf@gmail.com for the full list of opportunities.

 

U-Pick

Join us at our weekly U-Pick and grab your veggies for the week while supporting your favorite urban farm for kids at the same time. Our U-Pick is open every Tuesday afternoon from 4-6.  Our produce is sold at market prices and we accept cash or check.  Check on our Facebook page to see a weekly update of available produce for sale.

 

Camp Experiences

Tucson Village Farm believes in experiential learning, and this summer your campers can experience it all! From farm-to-fork to canning and carpentry, our friendly, seasoned educators will give your child the best summer experience and skills to last a lifetime. We are taking the winter months to plan an amazing 2018 camp season. Our camp registration will open in the spring of 2018. Check back here or sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the home page. People who receive our newsletter will be alerted 1st about our camps.