Farming Spotlight

Where does our food come from?

Most kids do not think about how food gets to their home. Resources like these are fascinating for them. They make it engaging and add a little bit of the real world to what we need to teach them everyday.

Margie Rogers
Waynesville Schools, MO

Resources for Grades 6-8

Lesson Plans

  • Exploring Your Environment

    This 4-H program focuses on environmental stewardship and issues such as transportation choices, waste management, composting, recycling, and natural resources.

  • Take Your Pick: Gardening

    Learn about garden planning, planting, care, harvesting, storage and careers.

  • Soil PH

    The Earth's surface varies greatly from place to place. Only a small portion of land can be used for growing crops. Teach your students about Soil pH and the important role it plays in agricultural production.

  • Genetics

    Human beings have 23 pairs of chromosomes and at least 20,000 genes. Corn plants have 32,000 genes and only 10 pairs of chromosomes. Explore the fascinating world of genetics through the lens of corn reproduction.

  • Photosynthesis

    All life on Earth owes its existence to photosynthesis. Take your students on a journey into nature’s oldest form of recycling – the process by which plants produce their own food.


STEM Activities

Built to fit seamlessly into your existing curriculum or your school's STEM club, these fun and engaging classroom activities will spark student curiosity and build awareness around a range of agricultural concepts.


Brought to you by From the Ground Up: The Science of Soil

Explore the different soils across the U.S. Dig into N, P & K and learn why we test soils to ensure the proper amounts of nutrients are present.