2017 Farm Day was held at the Farmstead Friday, May 5th. Second graders, fourth graders & fifth graders participated from Greenview Elementary. Fifth graders had classroom instruction about surveying and were then able to use their skills at the farmstead. The young people were able to make butter, grind coffee, use an old apple peeler, grind corn, shell corn, learn about items that would have been used during the day (chamber pot, pillow fluffer, foot warmer), and more. Learning 'stations' were in the parlor, west bedroom, kitchen, wash house & smokehouse and a walking tour of the grounds. Forty-five students participated, along with four teachers and one parent. Thank you to the Greenview Elementary teachers and Supt. Ryan Heavner for participating in Farm Day. Thanks to the high school student that took the pictures for us. And a big thank you to our volunteers, especially Bob Church, for his expertise with the surveying. Our mission of educating the current generation was achieved this day.
Click Here for more photos of Farm Day 2017. Click Here for pictures of the 2nd Grade class preparing to come out to the Farmstead.
Farm Day 2016
On Friday, May 6, Greenview elementary students had the opportunity to experience something unique and different from their daily lives. Second, fourth, and fifth graders stepped back in time, through hands-on learning opportunities, to understand what farming and farm life was like. They heard the history of the Farmstead, witnessed and assisted in the process of making butter, heard about immigration, saw household items that were once a part of a home in the late 1800s, and visited the barn site and grounds. Fun and games were also included in their visit.
On Wednesday, May 4, and Thursday, May 5, the fifth grade class was presented a surveying curriculum explaining and demonstrating surveying as it was during Abraham Lincoln's years as a surveyor. The lessons were presented by Robert Church and assisted by Susan Wilson. Culminating on Friday, May 6, students applied their newly acquired skills at the Farmstead where they plotted a piece of land using historical equipment.