Tending Land. Growing Food. Learning Skills. Building Relationships.
We welcome students of all ages to Jean's Farm for field trips year round! Our trained teaching staff host groups of up to 40 people for half day or full day visits any day of the week, facilitating a variety of customized learning activities aligned with common core standards. Jean's Farm is easily accessible in SE Portland on bus route 75.
Early Childhood Grade School Middle & High School
Welcome circle Welcome & farm tour Welcome and farm tour
Snacktime* Game Game/challenge
Activity Activity rotations (see below) Activity rotations (see below) Lunch Lunch Lunch
Forest exploration Forest exploration Sit spot and/or journaling
Goodbye circle Reflections & closing circle Reflections & closing
According to the age and needs of the group, these activities will be customized to the teacher’s preferences, with the choice to either experience each rotation or focus on one or two. We use as many resources as possible directly from the land (both wild and cultivated) for our activities.
The FARM rotation explores the food and animal systems of Jean's Farm. Students will participate in seasonally specific activities such as learning about cover crops, compost and healthy soil, vermiculture, tending chickens and collecting eggs, learning about pollinators (birds & insects), preparing garden beds, planting and harvesting. This rotation may also include fiber arts or wildcrafting.
The FOREST rotation explores native plants and forest restoration, plant identification and diverse ecological systems. Students may support forest stewardship efforts through select invasive species removal and native planting. This rotation may also include awareness games and survival skills aimed at sharpening the senses and observing wildlife and indications of their presence (including deer, coyote, beaver, owls, hawks and many others).
The KITCHEN rotation makes the Jean’s Farm experience distinct. Students learn homesteading and culinary skills, closing the food system loop through utilizing the farm's full outdoor kitchen including wood fired oven. Students learn about healthy food choices and food preparation methods such as cutting, baking and sautéing. Use of the wood-fired ovens may include bread or pizza baking or, by arrangement, other seasonal foods such as local salmon.
FEE FOR SERVICE
In exchange for your time on the land, we ask the following amount of financial contribution in support of our program design & staffing, supplies, space tending and administrative costs.
Half Day Visit (up to 3 hours, approx. 9am-noon or noon-3pm): $8/child ($150 minimum)
Full Day Visit (3.5-5 hours): $12/child ($200 minimum)
OTHER IMPORTANT LOGISTICS
Meals are optional depending on timing and length of stay. Meals can be brought with the students (a packed lunch) or can be purchased for an additional $5/person (adults choosing the farm lunch option are required to pay). Often, farm lunches are prepared at least in part by the students themselves during their activity rotation. Farm lunch usually includes a whole grain, seasonal vegetables & fruit, greens and eggs. We also specialize in wood oven pizza and can provide gluten and dairy free options upon advance request. The food served is primarily organic, grown on-site or from local farms. Students with food allergies should bring their own lunch.
*PLEASE NOTE: We do not provide the food for early childhood snack time. Snack food must be brought by the class teacher or chaperones.
We require at least a 1:10 adult:child ratio for all groups. Teachers and chaperones are not charged for the visit to the farm and are expected to take active roles in guiding the students' behavior and participation in group work.
Access & Preparedness
Access to the farm requires walking a long, steep driveway. Alter-abled access to the farm is available but requires advance arrangements. Remember to come prepared with clothing appropriate for the weather as most (if not all) time will be spent outdoors. Be prepared for mud on the farm in the rainy season.
All groups that pay to visit Jean's Farm must carry insurance and produce an official document from your insurer listing the Jean's Farm location as an "additional insured" for the date(s) and times of your visit.
To inquire about a class visit to Jean’s Farm, please fill out the form below. An IPEC staff member will reply promptly.