The Sauvie Island Center increases food, farm and environmental literacy in the community by providing hands-on educational field trips for elementary school children. The trips, which take place on the Sauvie Island Organics farm and on the grounds of the 120 acre Howell Territorial Park managed by Metro, offer a rich and unique opportunity for Portland elementary school students to visit and explore a real, working farm.
Sauvie Island Center’s farm-based curriculum was developed through a unique partnership between farmers, educators and culinary professionals. Currently, there are five curriculum modules, each designed to educate children about the relationship between the food they eat, farming and the land.
Soil Exploration – Students dig into the compost pile to discover what constitutes “healthy” soil, and to better understand its relationship to the farm system.
Seed to Harvest – Students plant, tend and harvest vegetables from their own farm row, the Grow Lunch Garden.
Plant Parts Investigation – Students explore the farm while searching for and tasting food that represents each of the six plant parts: roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.
Wildlife & the Food Web – To learn about the food web, students hone their sensory awareness skills while inspecting the landscape for signs of wildlife foraging on the farm.
Pollination Station -Students search for pollinators at work in the native hedgerow, the heritage orchard and on the farm, while learning about the critical role pollinators play in our food system.
Throughout the month of July, join Besaw’s in supporting Sauvie Island Center and their educational programming! You can help by dining with us in the evenings, or by going to their website.