FIELD TRIPS & FARM TOURS

 

FIELD TRIPS & FARM TOURS

We offer fun and educational farm field trips for groups in Preschool through 8th grade or Farm Tours for any age.. Looking to tour the farm and learn more about food and animal production? What about get your hands dirty and help us with a project on the farm? Want to explore the woods and native wildlife of Tennessee? Or maybe, you want to dive in and bring your group multiple times to create research and deeper learning opportunities. We can do that as well. Whether it be education or recreation, we can discuss options that will fit your group. We would love to have your group out soon.

FIELD TRIP:

 Field trips to The Food Initiative farm are designed around hands-on exploration and education stations and last 1.5-2 hours (This does not include a short introduction to the farm). Visitors who come in the morning are welcome to stay and have a picnic lunch on the ground before returning to school. 

 

Scheduling:

 All Field Trips will be set up after the “Field Trip Sign-Up Form” has been completed. This allows our staff to look over schedules and make sure we create the best experience for the students given the information we receive.

 Field trips can be scheduled on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during the months of March-May and August-October. We suggest that field trips begin at 10am, but are flexible with the times. 

 

Cost:

 Our fee per student is $8, minimum of $80 per group. (Title 1 pricing available. ) Currently we will accommodate up to 100 students. If you have a group larger than 100 students then we encourage you break the field trip up into two sessions or two separate days. Please contact Regina Hampton at regina@thefoodinitiative.org if you have any questions about the size of your group.

 There is no fee for accompanying teachers, bus drivers, or chaperones per the RATIO of students to adults. Any adult chaperones over the ratio number will be charged a $4 fee. This fee will be added in the total amount of the field trip fee.

Chaperones:

  • Preschool, Pre-K, & Kindergarten: Provide 1 adult chaperone for every 5 children
  • 1st-8th Grades: Provide 1 adult chaperone for every 10 children

 Cancelation Policy

 Field trips will take place rain or shine. If you need to cancel your field trip, please give us a notice one week prior to your scheduled date. If you cancel lessthan a week from your scheduled arrival then we will send a bill for the cost of your scheduled trip. In the case that TFI cancels the field trip due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a refund will be give or the date rescheduled. 

FARM TOUR:

People of all ages are able to take a farm tour! (Where our Field Trips are for young people in Preschool through 8th grade.) Farm tours are also intended for small groups of 25 people or less and do not include any hands-on activities.

 You’ll get a walking tour around the farm to see our sustainable agriculture practices in action. Meet the animals, taste what we’ve got growing, and learn more about our programming and how we’re impacting the community. Each visit is unique, but typically lasts 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.

 

 Scheduling:

 Farm Tours may be set up on any day of the week and most anytime of the day. Please complete the “Farm Tour Sign-Up Form” to let us know about your group and get the scheduling started. We ask that Farm Tours be scheduled at least one week in advance to your target date.

 

 Cost:

Yes, there is a small fee of $5 per person ($25 minimum) for a Farm Tour.  Payment will be arranged with Regina Hampton prior to your visit. One lump sum or individual payments are available. 

We have a small staff of hard workers, however the weeds work just as hard, the animals need tended to and we either need to be putting seeds in the ground or harvesting our bounty. These fees help compensate our time away from farming. 

We ask that you do not make an impromptu visit for a tour. 

 

 

 

 

Field Trip FAQs

Can our bus park at the farm?

 Yes. There is plenty of room for parking.

Can our group stay for lunch?

 Sure! Groups are welcome to stay for a picnic lunch on the ground. (Teachers and chaperones are welcome to bring blankets for groups to sit on) We will supply trash cans and bags. We ask that any garbage that comes on to the farm with your group leaves with your group.

What should we bring?

 We ask that everyone bring a water bottle and wear appropriate clothing for being on a working farm and the weather (layers are a good idea). Closed-toed shoes are required. Each guest will also need to bring a signed “Media Waiver” and a good attitude ready to learn and have fun!

What facilities are on the property?

 We will have the appropriate number of clean portable toilets for your group size. There is also a hand washing station. At this time, we have a 20′ x 60′ open covered area to use if we need it, but otherwise we will be in the garden and in nature. 

How does the payment process work?

 We except cash, check, or card. There is a 3% processing fee for payments made by card.  There is an option to choose you payment type on the “Field Trip Sign-up” form. We will communicate about payment plans if need be. The total amount will need to be paid by your scheduled trip date. 

Can you talk about something our class is studying right now?

 We’d love to know what lessons your students are learning! We will work with you to help make connections between your lessons and the field trip when possible. 

What is your cancellation policy?

 Field trips will take place rain or shine. If you need to cancel your field trip, please give us a notice one week prior to your scheduled date. If you cancel lessthan a week from your scheduled arrival then we will send a bill for the cost of your scheduled trip. In the case that TFI cancels the field trip due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, a refund will be give or the date rescheduled. 

We offer fun and educational farm field trips for groups in Preschool through 8th grade or Farm Tours for any age.. Looking to tour the farm and learn more about food and animal production? What about get your hands dirty and help us with a project on the farm? Want to explore the woods and native wildlife of Tennessee? Or maybe, you want to dive in and bring your group multiple times to create research and deeper learning opportunities. We can do that as well. Whether it be education or recreation, we can discuss options that will fit your group. We would love to have your group out soon.

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