03.08.2018

Farm Tours Teach Children About Fresh Food at the California State Fair Farm

(SACRAMENTO, CA)The California State Fair Kaiser Permanente Farm does more than grow food; it grows knowledge and enriches the lives of area youth and even peaks the students’ interest to pursue careers in California’s number one industry: AgricultureSchool tours at The Farm teach K-6th graders about California fresh produce at the 3.5 acre working farm. Schools from all over the region are welcome to tour the farm.
 
K-6 grade students get a unique, hands-on experience in a living classroom that shows them first-hand where their food comes from. Students will see actual crops including a functioning greenhouse. They will participate in five learning stations: Grow it- explore seeds; See it- see what the seeds turn into; Save it- the newest methods for growing plants; Plant it-  plant seeds; and Taste it-  taste the foods grown on The Farm.
 
The CA State Fair Farm grows over 90 varieties of fruits and vegetables all year long from cotton, kiwi, squash, eggplant, chili peppers, corn and melons to pumpkins. Nearly 4,000 students experience what it takes to plant, maintain and manage a farm during Spring/Fall Farm Tours. The California State Fair Farm is a working farm that produces tons of produce which is donated to the Sacramento Food Bank. In 2017, more than 16,000 pounds of produce was donated.
 
The California State Fair Kaiser Permanente Farm Tours are offered for six weeks in the spring and fall. The spring farm tours at Cal Expo are Monday thru Thursday starting April 9thand wrap up May 17th. The fall tours will begin on September 10th and will conclude October 18th. Schools are encouraged to book tours for both spring and fall now before all of the slots are taken. 
 
There is a nominal fee of $7 per student for the tour. Included in the fee is a tour through the Forest Center, an area that features 40 native species of trees. Experts from the Forest Foundation allow the children to get close to nature while learning about the benefits of a healthy sustainable forest. Also during the farm tour, students can milk “Cali”, a mechanical cow donated by the California Milk Advisory Board
 
Reservations are going on now athttp://www.castatefair.org/ farmtours/.
 
About the California State Fair 
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California State Fair is an international award-winning fair, receiving top honors at the International Association of Fairs and Expositions out of more than 1,100 fairs world-wide. The California State Fair is dedicated as a place to celebrate the best the state has to offer in agriculture, technology and the diversity of its people, traditions and trends that shape the Golden State's future. We invite you to join us for the 165th California State Fair, July13-29, 2018. Don’t miss a moment!