This fall, as in past years, the Columbia Land Conservancy (CLC) sponsors apple orchard visits for Head Start groups in Chatham, Valatie, and Hudson. The children meet the farmer. Then, they go on a tractor ride to the orchard. They pick a bag full of apples, plus one to eat on the tractor ride back!
CLC educator, Jenny Brinker, reads “Apple Farmer Annie” to the group and talks about colors, shapes, and sizes of apples, as well as products that can be made from apples. Then, there are apple activities, including consuming apple products – apple cider and apple cider donuts.
Each year 60 to 75 kids participate in CLC’s apple orchard program, as part of our work in environmental education. In the spring, we do a similar program and bring Head Start classrooms to sheep and alpaca farms. It is a first hand experience of local agriculture. The field trip is many children’s first visit to an orchard or a farm!
These programs are possible because of the generous support of CLC donors. CLC is a nonprofit organization and relies on individuals for financial support.