SIS Fifth Graders Immersed in Farming at Hilltop Hanover
Blue skies and sunny weather made for perfect visits to the farm. Smells of soil, compost and the wet, cold noses of farm animals greeted eager and excited students.
Last week, Somers Intermediate School fifth graders traveled to Yorktown’s Hilltop Hanover Farm for their annual immersive field trip and learned about the sustainable organic practices used on the farm. They toured the fields and saw growing crops peeking out of their plant beds. Students visited the greenhouses that were bursting with herbs and vegetables, tasted some fresh herbs and heard about the processes of composting and small-scale livestock management.
“It was one of the best field trips I have ever been on, said Marco Pomponi. He said he was excited to see the farm animals including a mother cow and her calf and two goats the class affectionately called Michael Jordan and Tom Brady. They also toured the greenhouse and tried freshly picked basil inside the greenhouse and outside and compared the taste. “In my opinion, I liked the inside basil because it had more flavor whereas the outside basil was very bland,” Pomponi said.
Hannah Williams said she was excited for the farm experience of petting the animals and seeing the growing crops up close and personal.
“We tried two kinds of spinach, one salty and one sweet,” she said. “I liked the salty spinach better. We also learned how the people that work there don’t milk the cows and that cows are really smart because they know when to switch fields, so they don’t wear out one particular section.”
Teacher Patty Sisca was thrilled that the farm field trip returned for SIS students. The trip usually happens in the fall but this group of students had a different farm experience.
"I was so happy when we got the okay to go back to the farm,” Sisca said. “The children had a great time learning about organic and sustainable farming, as well as the small-scale livestock, the cows and goats that live there.”