Farming Then and Now

Offered by
Fresh Roots
Last updated on
Monday, January 10th, 2022
Experience type: 
In-Person
Program Description

From the invention of crop rotation to the industrial revolution to the creation of Genetically Modified Organisms, agricultural technology is always changing. See what technologies, modern and ancient, we use on our farms to grow delicious food, and even give some of them a try! This program is 1-1.5 hours.

Big Ideas
  • Complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies.
  • Complex tasks require the acquisition of additional skills.
  • Design can be responsive to identified needs.
  • Social, ethical, and sustainability considerations impact design.
  • Changing ideas about the world created tension between people wanting to adopt new ideas and those wanting to preserve established traditions.
  • Human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards.
  • Emerging ideas and ideologies profoundly influence societies and events.
  • The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change.
  • COVID Precautions

    The best place to learn right now is outside! Our all-outdoor programs are COVID-conscious.  Activities will be no-contact, with all tools and non-paper materials sanitized between uses. Hand washing or sanitization will happen upon arriving at the site, before harvesting, before and after eating, as well as any other time hand washing would typically need to happen. All participants will be required to wear a mask or other suitable face covering while harvesting, just like our farmers do! We ask that teachers and chaperones help students remember to maintain their physical bubble/distance from one another and our staff. 

    Trip Details
    City: 
    For Grades: 
    8, 9
    Months Available: 
    Days Offered: 
    Duration: 
    See notes. minutes unless otherwise stated.
    Maximum Students: 
    Offered In French: 
    No
    Also Offered For: 
    ESL, Guides, Homeschool, Other, Scouts
    Packages Provided: 
    Pre-Visit Information Package
    Fee Details
    Fee Notes: 

    10 or fewer students: $100

    11-22 students: $175

    23-30 students $250

    31-35 students $300

    VSB Discount! All VSB classes will receive a 20% discount on their field trips, farm bookings, and multi-visit programs. Schools in the David Thompson and Van Tech catchments will receive an additional 25% discount for their first field trip.

    Additional Notes

    Situated at Vancouver Technical and David Thompson secondary schools, our schoolyard farms are a short walk from many secondary schools and community centers. All field trips include a farm work experience, as well as a chance to harvest and taste vegetables, when seasonally available. Email us about different field trip time and duration opinions. 

    Learn more and book your trip at https://freshroots.ca/education/field-classes/.