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Farm to Table Course a Hit at Kenney Middle School

A new elective course at Dennis M. Kenney Middle School is changing the way students look at their food.

Students in Dr. Christine Lamont’s farm to table course are conducting experiments, planting seeds, growing plants and learning a “little bit of everything” in the hands-on class. They are implementing the scientific method while analyzing data and assessing chemical reactions throughout the process.

“They are learning the science of food and the science of growing,” Lamont said. “They’re coming away with a better connection between farming and agriculture.”
Some of the class projects include growing grass and beans. The students are tasked with developing controlled experiments from start to finish. They plant the seeds, measure growth and record the information in data tables.

“Using simple science activities, students investigate the origin and nutritional content of common foods,” Lamont explained. “The structure and function of food crops, the impacts of fertilizers, light, and grazing on plant growth, along with the role of pollinators and bacteria in food production are explored.”

While the content may seem daunting, Lamont noted that the students are enjoying the hands-on aspect of the class. She said the class goes beyond memorization and encourages students to be active participants in their education.

“This is all learning by doing,” Lamont said. “It’s not handing them a textbook and asking them to remember what they’ve read. They’re engaged and they like doing this stuff.”

The farm to table course is a half-year elective class available to seventh and eighth-graders.

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