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Fall 2020 Garden Unit Overview 

Lesson: Agricultural Inventors

Lesson: Community Supported Agriculture

Vegetable Gardening for the Community
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a program where consumers pay for a “part or share” of the farm. Each farm has their own share system based on what they grow and the seasons in which they have fresh produce to distribute. Each person holding a share receives a portion of the farm’s crop yield. CSA farms are growing in popularity as people want fresh produce to feed their families. In 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture estimated that 7,398 farms sold products through a community supported agriculture program directly to consumers. CSA farms were first developed to provide produce to people that don’t have access to gardens to grow food and to meet a growing demand for food grown on small acreage farms. Watch the video below created by the Oregon Department of Agriculture to learn more about Community Supported Agriculture farms! Then, add a comment listing one thing you learned through watching the video.
Garden Income & Expenses
Farmers decide what to plant based on projections of expenses and income among other important considerations, but there are a lot of uncontrollable expenses that affect their profit that are difficult to predict. We will do most of this worksheet tomorrow as a class. To prepare for tomorrow class, begin by filling in the acres column based on what you planted of each crop. Then tomorrow as a class, we will explore some of the unpredictable factors that could occur. Gather the remaining materials in your vegetable kit and bring them with you to our virtual class time tomorrow! (5 Unknown Variable cards, one dice and the Vegetable Information Card).
Garden Yield Projections
Using the attached worksheet, you will determine projected yields for your crops based on how many acres you plant and the average yield per acre each crop produces. On the worksheet below, you will begin by filling in the column labeled acres. For each crop, list the amount of acres you planted on your Garden Mapping Diagram sheet in the column labeled acres. Then, complete the equations across that is shown on the worksheet. You will multiply the acres you planted x average yield per acre to determine your projected yield.
Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
There are many considerations that must be made in order to grow a garden. Today, we are going to explore some of those concepts through a book about gardening. Watch the video below for the reading of Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt. After, complete the google form to review key concepts from the book reading.

Lesson: Cranberries

Hello, and welcome to November!                                     

I want to introduce you to your November Subscription Box from Oregon Ag in the Classroom.  Each month this school year your student(s) will have the opportunity to learn about a different agricultural crop/product grown in Oregon. This months’ lesson is all about cranberries.

Inside your kit are directions on how to access the videos that go along with this lesson. One that talks about buoyancy called Why Do Ships Float?  can be found by typing in this link:

The second video is called Cranberry, How does it grow? 

The video can be found by typing in this link:

In your lesson kit are detailed lesson directions and a marble for experiment purposes. Be sure to save one cranberry from your bag for the buoyancy lesson. 

Also in your November kit is a bag with 2 cups of fresh organic cranberries donated by Cape Blanco Cranberries in Bandon. We’ve provided you with a recipe in the enclosed packet so you can make your own cranberries sauce at home.

We hope you and your students enjoy this lesson and work together to make the cranberry sauce. Any questions can be directed to the Brookings Harbor School District garden education staff at [email protected].

We want to send a BIG shout out to Oregon Ag in the Classroom, Cape Blanco Cranberries, BHSD Food Service, and the students who helped assembly your kits. Enjoy!!

Lesson: Mint

Let's learn about Mint!

Welcome to December’s Farm to School activities provided by Oregon Ag in the Classroom.  This month we will be learning about Mint production in Oregon.  Did you know Oregon produces 33% of the peppermint grown in the US?  We have informative videos for you to watch (links listed below) and two worksheets to fill out.  Finally we’ve provided you with 5 different mint candies to complete these activities.   When you complete the activities you may taste the mint candies and compare and contrast their characteristics.