Farm Field Trips Introduce Students to Agriculture
Throughout our history, agriculture has been among North Carolina’s leading industries and today it remains the largest industry. Yet many students have never visited a farm to learn where their food comes from. Many family farms, which have always been the bedrock of the agricultural industry, now offer students the opportunity to visit and spend the day learning about agriculture and its impact on their daily lives.
Maple View Agricultural Center
Hillsborough, www.mapleviewagcenter.com, (919) 942-6122
Since 2009, The Center has been welcoming school field trips to its family dairy farm and 6,000 square-foot educational center. Maple View is located in Hillsborough, an easy drive from the Triangle and Burlington. The Center is dedicated to encouraging students to learn about agricultural life through hands-on experiences.
Climax, www.whitakerfarm.com, (336) 685-4888
Whitaker Farms, centrally located just outside Asheboro, was started by the Whitaker family in 1975 to produce fresh fruits and vegetables. Your students will learn about nutritious vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn, lettuce, melons, onions, pumpkins and strawberries.
Rural Hill Huntersville, www.ruralhill.net, (704) 875-3113
Rural Hill located just outside Charlotte in Huntersville is not only a working cattle farm but also a living history museum. The farm was the home of John Davidson, a Revolutionary War Major and signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.
Mathis Family Farm
Roaring River, (336) 984-2067
Student groups visiting the Mathis Farm near Wilkesboro take a hayride around the farm and encounter some of the farm’s animal inhabitants. In the Barn Yard they can feed the goats and meet a baby calf and at the Bee Yard students see honeybees at work through a glass bee hive.
Roseboro, (910) 289-5136
A hayride around Hawthorne Farm includes an Indian village from the 1700s, an early American log cabin and a chance to meet farm animals in their natural setting. Your students will also want to take in the outhouses, chicken yard and antique farm equipment.