We enjoy a box of fresh farm produce each week from Abundant Harvest Organics. We took advantage of the farm tour when it was offered so that our children could see the process involved in getting the food from the farm to our table. This is a tour offered occasionally during the year and is fascinating and well worth the cost of admission. It is a fantastic educational experience for kids and adults alike. If you do not live in California, check to see if your local farms offer tours of both the farms and processing facilities.
We all got to help prepare a farm box to see how the fruit and vegetables make it into the box. The kids enjoyed wearing hair nets, gloves and fluorescent vests. The employees seemed to enjoy having the kids ‘help’ them.
We learned that the oranges travel on conveyor belts and then go under many infrared cameras which take photos of the fruit at different angles in order to sort it into various classifications. No fruit goes to waste. The fruit with the most imperfections on the skin becomes juice.
Part of the fun of the tour is the samples. This is a great way for children to stay engaged in the process. All of our kids enjoyed the many samples of fruit and vegetables. Capri carried her orange as she walked along during the tour wearing an extra shirt from her brothers to keep warm.
This tour offers a hayride as fun way to get out to various parts of the farm. Xayden pointed out something he found interesting on the Farm to Capri as they waited for the hayride to begin.
We learned that they ‘thin’ the fruit by picking about 80% of it off of the tree at an early stage in order for the remaining fruit to be able to grow large enough for market. We had fun participating in the thinning of the plums. Ryder was happy to climb a tall ladder while he thinned the fruit. In the second photo, Ryder enjoyed a piggy back ride with “Uncle Vern” who is the head of Abundant Harvest (and goes by Uncle Vern to all farm guests).
The biggest highlight of the tour for the kids was the release of the ladybugs. If you decide to go on a tour, find out what time of year they release the ladybugs into the farm. It is so fun for the kids to hold a cup of ladybugs and and help them find a shady spot. Capri wanted to make friends with each and every ladybug. She was instantly attached! It was fun to see so many ladybugs being released into the farm as a natural form of pest control. The first photo shows Grayson’s hand holding the cup of ladybugs.
Have you been on a tour of your local farm or manufacturing facility? What did you think? If you haven’t been, it is a great thing to add to your family adventure list. It is also nice for schools and scout troupes. We had a Girl Scout troupe on our tour who earned a badge for their participation.
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