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Plan a Field Trip

Field trips are a wonderful way to engage students in hands-on learning about the natural world, our food supply and nutrition. If children can touch, taste and see food where it is grown, they are much more likely to develop an interest in what they eat.

Take a field trip to a local Farmers’ Market

Visiting a farmers' market is one of the easiest ways to educate students about local food. Learn the essential role agriculture and food play in the life and economy of our region. Meet the farmers and learn how they grow their crops, where they come from, what is in season, and why they choose to farm.

Farmers' Market Lesson Plans and Activities

    SF 2012 Market List
     Download list of Farmers’ Markets
    in San Francisco


Additional information about local farmers’ markets

Take a field trip to a grocery store

 A neighborhood grocery store can be a great place for a field trip.  Divide into groups with parent volunteers to do a nutrition label reading lesson or to purchase ingredients for a classroom cooking activity.  Call ahead to see if tours are possible.

Take a field trip to a local garden or farm

Bay Area Farms and Gardens (pdf)


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