At Confreda’s our Vision for our Education/School Farm Tour Program is:
To provide K – 12, their parents, families and teachers an agricultural and horticultural experience through hands-on educational programming that fosters a respect for nature and its value to good health and good living.
We achieve our Vision by:
Working with schools by providing the resources, tools and time necessary for a horticultural experience.
Partnering with public and private organizations that are committed to the preservation of local produce production and educating the next generation
Promoting the value of local agriculture to the general public
Providing teachers with the resources that will complement what Confreda’s is doing on the Farm.
Partnering with other local producers to build a network of “farm educators” thus realizing “to provide the people of RI” with that experience.
The National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (2000) stated that the environment, “from classroom to schoolyard to local nature centers and parks (p. 7) enables learning that is problem-based and inter-disciplinary with a significant impact on achievement.
Confreda Greenhouses and Farms, in business since 1922, and being by third and fourth generation leadership is committed to these values of adding to the welfare and betterment of our population through education and training.
Fall School Tour Program
This initiative and commitment began a few years ago with our Farm School Tour Program and has evolved today into a full-fledged educational program that provided an opportunity for everyone to come to the farm and spent time with Professor Cob in his very own “Classroom in the Corn.” Yes, Classroom in the Corn where students, teachers and parents will be in an actual Corn Field where it all happens. Subjects can vary but can be tailored to the needs of the school, class and organization.
Subjects can range from “The Life and Times of the Corn Plant”, “Getting to know your Vegetables” and even “Raising Honey Bees”
During their visits, attendees will also be given a tour of the Farm, walk through the Education Maze and pick a Sugar Pumpkin. Following the formal program our guests are well to have lunch in our open lunch area where one can pack their own goodies or we can cater to your needs.
Our Fall School Tour Program runs through September and October from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Please note that we are handicap accessible and we cater to all ages of physically and mentally challenged individuals.
Contact Brian Knight, Education Coordinator at Confreda’s for more details and answer any questions that you may have. (401) 827-5000.
No better time to start than right now.