Sixty-six third graders from Dentzler Elementary School in Parma visited Stearns Homestead, a historic farm in Parma, to learn about Ohio agriculture, particularly growing carrots in Northwest Ohio, and how that carrot farm operation impacts businesses and consumers across the mid-west.
The ‘Growing Carrots In Ohio’ program, a lesson plan central to fourth graders curriculum produced by the Ohio Farm Bureau, uses the carrot as a starting point for exploring everything from science to social studies.
“This is the fifth year I have participated in this program and the kids love it, and it fits into many of the lessons we teach during the year,” said Wendy O’Malley, another third grade teacher at Dentzler Elementary School.
Cuyahoga Farm Bureau offers the ‘Growing Carrots in Ohio’ program to classrooms of third and fourth graders throughout Cuyahoga County. “If you are interested in enhancing the experience, we partner with Stearns Homestead to add a “farm flavor” to the program,” said Anita Cook, organization director for the Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau.