What do you remember most about elementary school? Your desk? The playground? The math lessons?…Or the field trips!? At California Farmland Trust, part of our mission is to educate the next generation on the importance of preserving farmland. Thanks to our generous supporters, we are able to do just that with our Raley’s Field Trips on the Farm field trip program. Truly, a FIELD trip to remember.

The trip kicked off at Steamboat Acres organic farm in Courtland, with an educational tour led by farmers Michael and Tara Neuharth. On their tour, the kids discovered the differences between conventional and organic farming, how male and female flowers and pollination work, the importance of soil care and crop rotation, and just how long it takes to grow pears versus pumpkins. Squeals of “me, me, me!” could be heard throughout the 300-acre farm as Michael and Tara asked whether the kids like spaghetti (squash) or wanted to try sweet corn fresh-picked off the stalk.

After experiencing the farm first-hand, we packed the kids to Raley’s supermarket in Lodi, where they got a tour of the produce section. Carrying on with organic education, grocery gurus Jacki and Sean educated the students on the importance of separating organic and conventional produce.  Students were awed as Jacki demonstrated the size of the produce section in her South Dakota home town – just one table!

“The kids were so excited…we got to see produce from the start…it was awesome!” said fourth grade teacher Mrs. Cadena.

Thank you to our supporters and our program sponsor, Raley’s, for enabling us to put the field in field trips!

Article by: Melanee Cottrill, California Farmland Trust



On May 3, donate to the California Farmland Trust as part of Big Day of Giving, and help conserve a unique resource, farmland, to enable future generations to thrive!