Programs and Field Trips

TUCSON VILLAGE FARM FIELD TRIP PROGRAMS:

 

Growing Forward (pre-K-5): 

 
This 2-hour hands-on agriculture and nutrition education program cycles groups of students through “stations” on the farm, where they learn about planting and harvesting, whole grains, the importance of a healthy diet, worm composting, simple food preparation, chickens and more. The cost is $6/student (adults are free) and includes a healthy snack and a $5 coupon for each student to come back to the farm to harvest produce during our weekly U-Pick Market. To schedule visit, contact Katie Bernal at tvf.fieldtrips@gmail.com. To request a field trip for your group, please click here to complete and submit the form. 
 

Digging Deeper (Grades 6-12) 

This Common Core-aligned field trip is a customizable program focused on agriculture and nutrition concepts. In this 3-hour experiential field trip, the concepts will examine the role of water in our ecosystem and food crops that are cultivated in arid regions throughout the world. The nutrition concepts will focus on the foods that should be eaten for optimal health and 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. 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. To schedule, apply here online or contact Thom Plasse at tplasse@email.arizona.edu.
 

“Branching Out” (Grades K-8)

 
Branching Out includes a total of 6-hours of programming for schools with populations of 50% or more free and reduced lunch. This program focuses on healthy living concepts, including nutrition and mental health, life skills, and workforce development. Branching Out includes 2 hours of activities for the teachers to facilitate in the classroom setting prior to attending their 2-hour field trip, one 2-hour field trip to the farm, and 2 hours of follow-up instruction in the classroom by one of our trained educators. The cost is $6/student (adults are free) and includes a healthy snack and a $5 coupon for each student to come back to the farm to harvest produce during our weekly U-Pick Market. Click here to schedule, or contact Katie Bernal at tvf.fieldtrips@gmail.com.
 

OTHER PROGRAMS:

 

4-H Healthy Habits (Grades K-12)

This grant-funded 8-hour (total) in-school education program is being offered free of charge to any school with populations of 50% or more free and reduced lunch in order to educate underserved youth and their families on healthy food choices, simple food preparation skills, access to healthy food items, and food budgeting strategies. A 2-hour field trip to the Tucson Village Farm can be included as part of the 8-hour program for $6/student (adults are free). To schedule, contact Natalie Shepp at natalieshepp@email.arizona.edu.

 

4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors (Ages 12-18)

This afterschool 4-H club provides youth with the opportunity to participate in projects on gardening, team building, workforce development, outdoor adventures, farm art, and much more. Applications will be accepted from September 1-22, 2019 from any teen who wishes to join the club for this school year.  Club members are required to attend the monthly community meetings, complete at least one project per semester and volunteer at the farm or community events for at least 10 hours per semester. The cost is $20 per year and scholarships are available upon request. For more information, contact Natalie Shepp at natalieshepp@email.arizona.edu.

 

“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 2019 classes are currently enrolling. For more information, contact us at: tvflilsprouts@gmail.com

 

Volunteer

Experience desert gardening first hand and learn by doing at the farm. Join us for Volunteer Mondays, from 7am am to 11am every Monday from May to August or from 8am-noon from September to April. Or, join us to volunteer for our U-Pick on Tuesdays from 4-6 pm from September to April; From May to August U-Pick volunteer hours are from 5-7pm. We also welcome volunteers on Wednesdays from 8 am til noon. Email us at volunteertvf@gmail.com for the full list of opportunities. 

 

U-Pick

Come to the farm on Tuesday afternoons to harvest your own vegetables! Prices are by the pound. Times vary by season: From May to August the hours for U-Pick are from 5-7pm and from September to April, the hours are 4-6pm. For produce listings, check on our Facebook page or call 626-1006.

Camp Experiences

Tucson Village Farm believes in experiential learning, and each 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 2019 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.