Imagine a classroom full of preschoolers, eager to learn during a farm theme unit. The golden question is asked, “Where does our food come from?” Several excited hands raise and the one pupil who just can’t hold it in squeals “The grocery store!”.
This was a personal experience from my classroom a few years ago. Now, with my own daughter in the picture, it’s a mission of mine to incorporate farm to table themes into our lifestyle. In a society with technology buzzing and demanding our constant attention it’s important for her generation to know where their food is coming from, how it’s made and the cost.
My husband and I run a small hobby farm where our daughter is apart of a farm culture everyday. We keep a few goats, chickens and cows. She’s 7 months old, but it’s never too early. Here are 6 simple ways to incorporate these lessons into your own home:
1. Garden: Planting flowers or simple vegetables in planters can be accomplished even in the most urban of homes. Watching a seed grow into a sprout, then eventually produce a bloom or a bean will be a great activity to teach your child the sequencing of farming on a small scale.
2. Visiting Orchards/Farmers Market: Springfield area has so many hidden treasures. The Farmer’s Market of the Ozarks is a great way to find local gems and immerse your family into farming culture. I suggest visiting Murphins Orchard in Marionville, MO for peaches and apples or Persimmon Hill Farm in Lampe, MO for blueberry season. You can pick your own or buy by the pint/bushel.
3. Subscribe to xPlor: The Missouri Department of Conservation offers free magazine subscriptions to their adult conservation magazine and they also have a children’s publication called xPlor. Visit their website to register. Each month they send a colorful, photo packed educational magazine. You’ll learn what’s living across the state without leaving your home. You may be surprised what is native to Missouri. See what conservation classes are in your area too!
4. Visit a Farm/Dairy: Edgewood Creamery is located in Purdy, MO about an hour drive from Springfield. They offer tours of their family dairy farm. Visit to see the start to finish process of their cheese and milk making from milking the cows to their creamery line in the store. If you want to stay closer to Springfield, visit Rutledge Wilson Farm and see several farm animals and get some fishing time in with gang.
5.Raising Chicks/Hens: several cities in the area now allow chickens in city limits. All you need is a coop and a few hens to sustain your family with farm fresh eggs. No rooster required, a hen will lay an egg regardless of a rooster. Hens lay on average every 23 hours so 4 hens will produce around 2 dozen eggs a week. Visit your local farm store for coops, hatcheries across the area offer several chicken breeds to choose from.
Small effort can make a big difference. You may want to join the farm side after visiting and learning about the great things 417 area residents are doing!
Hello! I’m Morgan Chapman, creator of Miss Morgan Aliana, a country lifestyle blog. I’m an army wife, mother and speech therapist living on a small hobby farm in southwest Missouri.
When I’m not providing speech teletherapy services, I’m spending time with my daughter Waverlee, helping my husband with our hairy cows or our Great Dane Kali.
Come join our caravan on the Miss Morgan Aliana blog where I post about our lives, farmhouse decor, DIYs, farm life and more. See you there!