First Graders Learn About the Tools Farmers Use at the Truckee Farmers Market

Throughout the day, students interacted with several local farmers to better understand what all it takes to get their goods to the market.

For their first semester learning expedition, our 1st-Grade Chickadee Crew is studying the tools people use and the work people do. To experience this first-hand, the students took a trip to the Truckee Farmers Market. Throughout the day, students interacted with several local farmers to better understand what all it takes to get their goods to the market.

The first thing they learned is that farmers have to push through some extreme adversity. They have to wake up at 3 in the morning to get their trucks loaded in time for the market. Talk about perseverance!

Next they learned about the different kinds of tools farmers use depending on what they are farming. They learned about the paddles nut farmers use to roast nuts, the bee boxes and smokers bee farmers use to get honey, and the bug vacuums organic farmers use in the place of pesticides. Yep, actual little vacuums to suck up bugs!

After learning all about all of the work and tools farmers use, it was time to do some shopping. The fruits and veggies were too delicious to pass up! They used real money (thanks parents) and each time they bought something, they had to use their math skills so they could figure out how much money they had left.

Throughout the day, students received lots of compliments from people in the community. They were impressed with the way our students interacted with the farmers and one another. Way to demonstrate respect and gratitude Chickadee Crew!

When they came back to their classroom, the students feasted on all of the fresh fruits and veggies. And while they ate, they talked about the different people they met, the tools they used and what kind of farming they’d like to do. Great work Miss Brenda!