EDUCATIONAL GOALS & STANDARDS
To inspire a new generation of farmers and consumers to be more intimate with their food source and to engage them with the intricate scientific and multidisciplinary process of
growing food on a small sustainable working farm.
We adjust the exploration of big ideas to meet the needs of students from
preschool up to college.
Give students the opportunity to explore how sustainability starts with soil health.
Show them how we promote soil health through composting natural resources in the garden
and rotational grazing in the pasture and evaluating its effects on the
environment, plants and animals.
Guide students through the everyday life of a farmer as an interdisciplinary career and offer a close up view of our role in producing food at every stage in a way that stewards the nature of plants and animals to promote their health and happiness as well as the consumers.
Engage students in exercises that elaborate the different models of food production to offer a context to inquire about their own food choices.
Investigate the complexities and solutions to regional, national, and global problems of food shortages, food safety and land stewardship.
Provide students a lovely place to enjoy their lunch and evaluate what is in their lunch box;
what part of the plant or animal does each item come from?
Allow them to consider how much agriculture they encounter everyday off the farm.
These are just some of the many on our field trips….
STEM STANDARDS for K-12
“Innovation today to meet tomorrow’s global challenges.”
A farmer is one who daily innovates interdisciplinary STEM skills to investigate and implement solutions to the global challenges of food shortages,
food safety and land stewardship.
MARYLAND ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY STANDARDS
‘The purpose of Maryland’s Environmental Education program is to enable students to make decisions and take actions that create and maintain an optimal relationship
between themselves and the environment.”
Seeing food production in action—before it reaches the shelves of a grocery store or farmer’s market—gives students the opportunity to make more informed decisions based
on the impact of their food choices on the environment.
Rocklands farm is an historic property from 1870 featuring Seneca sandstone
milled down the road in the bustling canal days.
Historic buildings including the main house, the blacksmith shop, a smokehouse and a springhouse all contribute to a glimpse into Maryland’s post civil-war farm life.
The heritage breeds of pigs and heirloom vegetables are conducive to seeing old time small scale farming mixed with modern conveniences and technology.
Use the tour to extend the classroom explorations of literary works from Charlotte’s Web or Farmer Boy to Omnivore’s Dilemma or Walden Pond etc…
Bring your art class to sketch or paint.
Are you doing specific research projects?
Take a tour and ask questions with Rocklands as a case study
and our farmers as primary sources.