Field Trip Experience
Educational Field Trips
Helping Hands Produce hosts educational field trips at Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse, California, between May and October annually. Students need to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled field trip. Use sun protection. Dress in long pants. Wear tennis shoes that can get dirty. No flip-flops or high heels in the fields. These approximately two to three hour events.
Davis Ranch Produce Stand (on the Jackson Highway)
13211 Jackson Road
Sloughhouse, CA 95683
Learn to Pick Ripe Crops
Students are given the opportunity to pick, taste, harvest and glean surplus fruits and vegetable which are sent to local food banks.
Preparing for the Field Trip
Upon arrival at the Davis Ranch Sloughhouse Corn Stand, students learn about a farm year and farming practices (how the soil is prepared, planted, cultivated, irrigated and harvested). Regional history and geography are covered explaining why the area’s soil is so rich. Students are shown what a healthy plant should look like and what makes it healthy and able to produce abundant crops. The nutritional benefit of eating healthy fruits and vegetables is the strong focal point. The field trip also connects the concept of sowing and reaping from the farm to daily life situations students will face while at home and school. Students are given a tractor trailer ride or walking farm tour (depending on tractor availability). Students are shown different crops growing in fields and are given the opportunity to pick a small amount of various kinds of produce. The guide speaks about:
• Farming surplus, the concept of gleaning
• The nutritional and health benefits of eating delicious fresh fruits and vegetables
• Sowing and Reaping
There is a picnic area at the Davis Ranch Produce Stand, for teachers who want the class to eat on site after the trip. Students or teachers need to provide the meal for a picnic.
Take Home Boxes
Each student is able to leave with a standard produce box (20-25 pounds) filled with fresh fruit and vegetables picked that morning to share with his/her family. This is one of the highlights of the program.
Cost is $8.00 per student with a minimum of 50 students participating.
We hope you can join us for this fun and educational activity which will provide nutrient rich food to people in need.
For more information please contact Peggy Davis.