Introduce Your Students to the World of Agriculture with an Agritourism Farm Tour

Jerry Blackwelder

Hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and pick your own fruit are just a few of the many fun and educational experiences your students can enjoy on a field trip visit to a North Carolina family farm.

The North Carolina Agritourism office, a part of the the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, brings together in one location a complete directory of the State’s family farms that welcome visiting groups of school students.

The directory, located  at www.visitncfarms.com, contains more than 250 listings of member farms that encourage school field trips. The farms are located all across North Carolina, and the site is easily searched by County as well as farm specialty.

From an economic standpoint, agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry, contributing more than $84 billion every year to the North Carolina economy. Taking your students to a farm not only teaches them where food comes from but also can inspire those with an interest in a career in agriculture.

The variety of products coming from North Carolina farms is amazing. Your students can visit farms specializing in:

  • Livestock
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Christmas Trees
  • Bees
  • Seafood
  • Flowers
  • Dairy products
  • Fish and seafood
  • Herbs
  • and many more

Many farms collaborate with classroom teachers to develop their themed field trips. The participating farmers also construct their tours to comply with the requirements of the North Carolina educational curriculum. Tours are also customized to various grade levels. 

Farm field trips are truly interactive experiences. Many students who grow up in cities may believe their food comes from grocery stores instead of being grown on farms. A farm field trip opens a whole new world to them as they see, smell and taste nature at its finest. In the process they also learn what it’s like to live and work in a farm setting.

Open your students’ eyes to a new world with a field trip to a North Carolina family farm.

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