Booking Information
Tours are offered for six weeks in the spring and fall and are available for grades K-6.
A minimum of 25 students per tour is required. For smaller groups, please contact us.
School must provide transportation for students. If you have any questions please contact farm@calexpo.com or call 916-263-3277.

Tour days and times are as follows:

  1. Farm Tours September 12 – October 19, 2017
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
    9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.
    Farm Tour + Optional Forest Center Tour
    9:30 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. (lunch break at 11:00 a.m.)
    For groups over 75, please book on a day without any other bookings or contact our Education Coordinator for additional information – farm@calexpo.com
     (916) 263-3277.

    Review the Tour Checklist.

What will students learn?
Students grades K-6 will enjoy a 1.5-2 hour tour of the California State Fair Kaiser Permanente Farm’s crops and interactive stations, including a functioning greenhouse. Primarily focused on 3rd and 4th grade curriculum, the tour will highlight California agriculture, seeds, crop growing and innovations in farming, soil and worm composting, and tasting farm fresh produce. The California State Fair Kaiser Permanente Farm is an essential part of mobilizing interest for young minds to pursue a career in agriculture and to further contribute to our bountiful state and sustain the industry.

5 learning stations on the farm include:

  1. Grow it! Seeds function in many different ways, and they are all different shapes and sizes. Students will have an opportunity to explore seeds, their differences, touch a variety of seeds, and learn about their many parts. This station will also allow students to create their own seed pots using newspaper, fill them with soil from our soil center, and plant a seed using their finger as a measuring tool.
  2. See it! From seeds to crops! Students will interact with planting our crops, learning about the stages of growth, helping us transplant seedlings, and ask questions about our orchard areas.
  3. Save it! Soilless and hydroponic growing is one of California’s newest innovations in growing food. This process allows the water to be filtered in a constant rotation while saving water and keeping the plants roots hydrated. Students will be given an opportunity to see this technology being used in the Agricultural industry as a result of California’s current drought situation.
  4. Plant it! This is where we will get our hands a little dirty! Having the right soil makes a huge difference when growing food. Students in our soil center will learn how to process the perfect potting soil complete with worm castings. They will even have a chance to interact with our worm bin to see these amazing creatures at work.
  5. Taste it! Plant parts are so important to understand and appreciate! Students will be quizzed on their knowledge of plant parts and their functions followed by a taste of each represented by – lettuce, celery, carrots, tomatoes, cauliflower, and sunflower seeds. We call it a 6 plant part burrito!

Enhance your Farm Tour with a California Forest Center Tour
Take a walk in the woods and experience the one-acre forest dedicated to educating Californians about the many benefits of forests and the value of trees in our everyday lives. In this 1-hour tour, students will learn how trees provide us with clean air and water; wildlife habitat; and much needed wood products. Learn more here.

Program Supporters

 AAMSI  Friends of the California State Fair
 Ag in the Classroom  Gail Kautz/Ironstone Vineyards
 Bank of America  Garden Smart
 Bank of America Merrill Lynch  Heritage Organics
 Bank of Stockton  HM Clause
 Beneto, Inc.  Jody VanLobenSels
 Brookfield CA Land Holding  Kaiser Permanente
 Butler Amusements  Kimley-Horn and Association
 California Business Properties Association  Leisure Sports
 California Cherry Board  Lowell Richardson
 California Department of Water Resources – Save Our Water  Mark and Abigail Nelson
 California Grain & Feed Association  Mark Pratt
 California Pear Advisory Board  Mary Kaems
 California Seed Association  Montra Farms LP
 California State Fair  Patsy Gilbert
 California Warehouse Association  Phil Ogiluey
 Certified Farmers Market  Rick Nelson
 County of Sacramento  Rima Barkett/Trivoli
 Craig Reinhardt  Rina DiMare
 ECORP Consulting  Sacramento Republic FC
 Edward Barkett  Sacramento Valley Walnut Growers
 Eisley Nursery, Inc.  Save Mart SuperMarkets
 Event Partnership  Sonney Chong
 Financial Center Credit Union  Teresa Castanias
 UC Davis

 

This project is supported by the CalAgPlate Grant Program.