Middle Schoolers Visit UMD Land Lab

Students Learned First Hand Where Food Comes From

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been an interesting day for some area middle school kids. They got a hands-on experience learning all about farms.

Duluth seventh graders have been talking about food systems in their classrooms. Now, they had a chance to get their hands dirty experiencing it on a real life farm.

As part of their life science class, Lincoln Park and Ordean East Middle School students are learning about things like photosynthesis and pollinators. They’ve even started growing plants in their classroom.

Now they’ve gone on UMD’s Land Lab farm to learn first hand how their food is grown.

“We’re learning a lot about living things in our class so we’ll be surrounded by living things and we get to learn a lot about them and this is a good place to learn,” said seventh grader Meghan Westerberg.

Teachers believe giving students active learning opportunities gives them a chance to experience the class material on an even deeper level.

“The outdoor classroom’s great to get kids active,” said Annette Strom, Seventh Grade Life Science Teacher at Ordean East. “They’re middle schoolers, they like to move around, so they usually love being outside and being able to experience things rather than always being in the classroom.”

The farm experience offered as part of the Duluth Farm to School Initiative. The initiative also provides classroom lessons and brings local food into school kitchens.

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