The Bulletin

Farm, Orchard and Pie, Oh My!

Monday, October 2011

The 5th grade celebrated the first day of autumn with a trip to a farm and an orchard.  In connection with our study of botany, we travelled to Susanna Farms in Lake Villa where the students practiced their orienteering skills in a corn maze, viewed varied habitats on a hay ride pulled by an antique tractor, learned some animal husbandry, and were able to pet and observe active racehorses.  Farmer Lauri shared her failures and successes using purely organic farming methods.  Each child was able to take home a small pumpkin.  Her farm welcomes the public and offers a Haunted Hayride from dusk until 10 p.m. the last three weekends in October.

5th graders observe the cycle of fruit from tree to plate!

After the farm, the group headed south to Heinz Orchard in Green Oaks where proprietor Anthony taught us about bee husbandry.  We learned how apple trees are propagated and tended.  The students picked delicious empire apples that became the key ingredient to our homemade pies.  Heinz Orchard is a family run, low spray orchard that is another great family field-trip destination. On Saturday, Jeff McCullough, parent of Will, taught students the art of baking pie crusts from scratch!  The class then shared our bounty with the social services Kovler Center on Albion Avenue.

Submitted by 5th grade teacher, Karen Hartz