For our ignite week project we are trying to arrange an experimental learning opportunity for future FA students.
Initially, we aspired to avail farmers in their travails and discomfort through engendering an experiential learning system for students to experience and assist them in farming. Later we minimized the scale of the project and focused on completing one thing, that was allowing for future FA students to appreciate their food and understand the toils of farming.
Students will visit a farm for one period; reached in roughly 5 minutes by bus. At the farm, they will witness/experience the toil and discomforts of farming. This will bring them to appreciate their food and feel empathy for farmers. In the feed the future unit, we learned about food waste and sustainable ways to feed our increasing population.
Visiting the farm will help them to actually experience it instead of listening to a teacher or reading research on it. Words tangentially express our world through logical means whilst personal experience provides an outlook upon the world with no finitude as to meaning itself. By personal experience, they have a whole understanding that is relatable to themselves. Physically visiting the farm allows for focused attention instead of a widespread view on the issue. When we focus on something and commit to it fully we feel the issue from a multitude of perspectives; allowing for empathy and a greater understanding.
Visiting the farm will replace gardening in the feed the future unit. Gardening at school provides many potential errors and is not relatable to actual farming. When gardening at school we put seeds in the earth, water it every given interval of time, and record the data every week. Instead of gardening at school, we can let them experience farming at an actual farm for one day then be finished. Gardening is a commitment, we are obligated to take care of the garden when it is completely unnecessary. If we visit the farm once and effectually get across the message without long-term commitment then time will be saved.