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Glenshire Elementary: Fourth graders, food and farming

Photo courtesy Michael FournierThe Shaw Family Farm in Truckee hosted the Glenshire Elementaryand#8217;s fourth grade students last month.
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The entire fourth grade from Glenshire Elementary School ventured out to Truckeeand#8217;s first farm in October. The students came to the Shaw Family Farm bursting with questions and excitement and left with a few jewels of knowledge, like why honeybees are so charmed by smoke.

In addition to learning about the role of bees in agriculture, students were able to see first hand the many ingenious ways the Shaw family has devised in order to raise vegetables in Truckeeand#8217;s fierce climate. After touring the garden and addling scraps to the compost pile, the students were turned loose with the turkeys, ducks and chickens on the farm. The turkeys entertained with a textbook and#8220;gobble, gobbleand#8221;, while the chickens proved rather gracious and let many students pick them up. The trip culminated with a look at the huge, outdoor bread oven, where the Shaws make bread from scratch in the true sense of the word. The students were able to let their fingers sift through the whole grains that are used in the making of bread, as well as the ones that are home ground on the farm.

In the spring the fourth graders will return to the farm to help with the planting of the spring crops. The trip provides an excellent model for community and schools coming together for the benefit of children and the earth.