Online Farm Education Video Packages

Virtual Learning for Preschool to Grade 4

Forsythe Family Farms Arial View

Looking for an enriching experience and engaging curriculum based material the children will enjoy and remember?

Let us help!

We’ve gone digital to bring you Lessons from our Farm; an online series of 6 videos filmed right here on our farm; lessons which are curriculum based for use in the classroom or homeschooling.  We’ll help you explore your food's journey from farm to fork by digging into the foundational concepts behind the food we eat and materials we use every day.

What is online farm education?

We've taken our most popular farm tour activities and made them digital for you to view online. With visually rich, fun and engaging material, it's the next best thing to being here on the farm.

Farms make for the best classrooms;
they are a natural place for the
total immersion of the senses
with so much to see and do.

What is included in our video packages?

farm animals - needs and characteristics Our online farm education videos are structured into three levels of two videos each.  Each unit builds upon the previous level's lessons. Activity sheets accompany each video and are available for download. They can be used to prime the children’s interest, focus their attention as well as review the concepts presented.

Choose one, two or all 3 levels to enjoy. The video links will be delivered to your inbox and are available for viewing for a full year from time of subscribing.

Each video is available to view on 3 different devices giving you flexibility in viewing in your home or classroom and allowing you to preview the lessons in advance of presenting to your students.

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Ready to take the next step? Levels are available for individual purchase or as a bundle.

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For Teachers; Take your Learning Further

  • Parts of a bee - characteristics of insectsEnhance your lessons using our online video series as an introduction to your lesson plan, as a review or as bookends to your unit.
  • Replace a local field trip that is not permitted at this time with our virtual farm experience
  • The ideas presented are launching pads that offer numerous opportunities to enrich and expand knowledge on the various concepts through conversation and investigation.
  • Create word walls for your students to expand their vocabulary; we use the correct terms to describe products and cycles.
  • Children can build on the ideas presented making connections to their world through the food they eat and the items they use every day.

For Parents/Caregivers

eggs are laid by hens - healthy eating

  • Use our videos to supplement other homeschool resources
  • View before visiting - Our farm welcomes the public to visit us during our farming season.  You will have a greater depth of understanding in what you see by having viewed the videos first.  Check our hours and days open before coming as these change with the seasons. (905-887-1087)
  • Engage the young and the young at heart in learning. The concepts focused on are foundational to our lives and more advanced information in in subtitles.
  • Introduce your preschooler to the farm-to-table food journey while remaining at home.

Why our online farm education program is a good fit for your classroom or home school environment

  • Leslie Forsythe making saladCaptivate the children’s attention, cultivating their innate sense of wonder and curiosity.
  • Meet curriculum requirements in science, health and language for ages preschool to grade 4.
  • Provide fun, engaging, and memorable lessons that have proven time and again to make learning stick
  • Explore foundational concepts relevant to the children's daily lives
  • Woven throughout these presentations are five of the big ideas of sustainability - systems, diversity, interdependence, cycles and change over time.

Online Farm Education Packages

Level 1: Farming Foundations for all ages

Age Recommendation: Preschool to Grade 4+

Overview:

Lesson #1: Animals

The barn is one of my favourite places on the farm. Visit our farm animals and learn about:

  • Identifying their needs and characteristics?
  • Why we have them?
  • How are we similar and different?
  • Growth and changes in the animals - Moms, Dads, Babies
  • How animals are a source for materials and objects we use everyday

Lessons connect to:

  • Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum  Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2
    Understanding Life Systems - Needs and Characteristics of Living Things /  Growth and Changes in Animals
    Understanding Structures and Mechanisms
  • Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum

    Lesson #2: Plants

    Plants are a primary source of food, essential for our survival by converting energy from the sun into food.

    • What do plants need for survival? How do these needs compare to other living things?
    • Learn the parts of the plant and the role they play in its growth and survival.
    • Have some fun with healthy eating using the parts of the plant.

    Lessons connect to:

    • Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum - Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 3
      Understanding Life Systems - Needs and Characteristics of Living Things  /  Growth and Changes in Plants
    • Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum  - Kindergarten, Grade 1 to Grade 4
      Healthy Living Strands D1 Understanding Health Concepts / D2 Healthy Eating / D3 Making Connections for Healthy Living
    Purchase Level 1

    Level 1 - Farming Foundations for all ages - (Age Recommendation: Preschool to Grade 4+) - $34.00 (tax incl.)

    Purchase Level 1

    Level 2: Farming Foundations Extensions

    Age Recommendation: Grades 1 to 4+

    Overview:

    Lesson #3: Bees

    Honey bees are the only insects that give us food.  Farmer Jim dresses up like a bee demonstrating the parts of an insect.  Beekeeper James opens the beehives for us as we study:

    • What makes a bee an insect
    • The 3 bees that make up the hives population
    • The bees life cycle

    Lessons connect to:

    • Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum - Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2
      Understanding Life Systems - Needs and Characteristics of Living Things / Growth and Changes in Animals
    • Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Healthy Eating, Strand D
      Grade 1 - Strand D1/D2, Grade 2 - Strand D2, Grade 3 and 4 - Strand D1/D2/D3

     

    Lesson #4: Eggs

    Visit the chickens in our barn.  Follow the journey of the egg from our farm to your plate.

    • Are all eggs the same?
    • How do we know if they are fresh?

    Lessons connect to Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum - Healthy Eating, Strand D

      Grade 1 - Strand D1/D2, Grade 2 - Strand D2, Grade 3 - Strand D1/D3 and Grade 4 D1, D2, D3

      Purchase Level 2

      Level 2 - Farming Foundations Extensions (Age Recommendation: Grades 1 to 4+) - $50.00 (tax incl.)
      Level 1 Videos included

      Purchase Level 2

      Level 3: Digging Deeper into Sustainability

      Age Recommendation: Grades 3 to 4+

      Overview:

      Lesson #5: Soils

      Soil is an essential source of life and nutrients for living things.

      We visit different areas on the farm to explore:

      • The different types of soil; their unique characteristics and composition
      • Why soil is important for survival
      • Composting – let’s make soil

      Lessons connect to:

      • Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum
        Understanding Life Systems - Grade 3 - Soils in the Environment

      Lesson #6: Habitats

      Our farm is our home, our ecosystem made up of a wonderful mix of living and nonliving things in a variety of habitats.  Explore our farm’s habitats. Investigate the biodiversity of its plants and animals and how they are interdependent having adapted to the space, sun, water, air and food that’s available to them.

      How does your neighborhood compare to what you see and hear on our farm?

      Lessons connect with:

      • the Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum
        Understanding Life Systems - Grade 4 - Habitats
      Purchase Level 3

      Level 3 - Digging Deeper into Sustainability (Age Recommendation: Grades 3 to 4+) - $68.00 (tax incl.)
      Level 1 & 2 videos included

      Purchase Level 3

      Meet our Farm Educators

      Farmer Jim Forsythe

      Has a passion for the land

      Farmer Jim

      Born in the city, Farmer Jim grew up with a passion to farm. Working on a variety of farms throughout his youth he managed to start his own in 1972. With over 40 years of working on leased land he was able to fulfill his dream of owning his own farm in 1997 when we acquired a 50 acre farm here in Greenbank.

      Since that time our Greenbank farm has been developed into a beautiful location for school children and families to visit. Farmer Jim's passion for growing food is seen in our fields of fruits and vegetables to supply our market and for pick your own. He is happy to share his passion with others by offering fun family activities and educational on farm tour programs.

      Farmer Leslie Forsythe

      Has a passion for connecting people with the farm

      Farmer Leslie

      A small town girl with a family history in farming, Farmer Leslie loves science and people.  It took marrying Farmer Jim to get her onto a farm and the passion to share it was born.  Always willing to learn herself, she connected with teachers wanting to bring their students for an on farm tour experience.  With over 30 years of presenting our farm's educational program along with the help of our creative and engaged staff she has now learning to go digital.

      Beekeeper James

      A passion for bees and honey

      Beekeeper James

      We first met James selling his honey at the East Gwilliambury Farmers Market.  He has a passion for bees and honey ensuring quality was number one.  Three years ago James agreed to put beehives into our farm so we could benefit from their pollination services as well as sell the raw honey the bees produced.  Since that time he has always been approachable when tending to the hives and willing to answer questions from our staff and student visitors.  Being so knowledgeable in beekeeping and eager to teach made him our go to beekeeper for our video.

      Meet those who helped make our online program a reality

      Bruce Sargent - Farmboy Productions

      Bruce Sargent - Farmboy Productions

      Bruce, an award winning photographer,  expressed a passion for farm education when first approached to help produce our videos.  Growing up on a dairy farm his knowledge of agriculture and his skill in photography and film helped make our videos as great as they are.  His tagline - bringing people, farmers, food and technology together through the lens of digital media is clearly evident in the work he has done on this project.  

      You can find him at http://farmboypro.ca

      Julia Morch

      Julia Morch

      Julia joined us in early April to help guide this project through its many phases.  She has her Masters degree in Education along with an extensive background in outdoor education. Julia lead our team of farm instructors through the development of our lessons keeping us focused on the main concepts to highlight in the short time the videos allowed us. Condensing and editing the information into 5 minute episodes was a challenge she steered us through as we were all used to hosting 3 hour farm tours.

      Mary Sullivan - Website Designer

      Mary Sullivan

      Website designer extraordinaire.  Mary and I go way back, too many years to mention.  Her creativity, willingness to investigate options and learn new skills has made our online education video program accessible digitally.  Find her website at  germars.com

      Our Farm Tour Instructors 

      Much appreciation goes out to our team of farm tour instructors who, because of the pandemic, were unable to conduct tours on our farm this year.  Many have been teaching with us for years.  This video project gave us a reason to connect and we all learned to Zoom.  Thanks to their support and hard work in documenting their favorite activities we were able to present to you Lessons from the Farm.

      Central Counties Tourism

      This project was made possible in  partnership with Central Counties Tourism. We thank them for their support in the funding of this project.

      Forsythe Family FarmsForsythe Family Farms 2009 Inc. is a 50 acre fruit and vegetable farm nestled in the hills of Durham Region a short drive from Toronto.  Based in Markham from 1972 -2013, our farm was then moved to our home farm in Greenbank.  We have continued to grow with the times while keeping our agricultural roots strong.

      Watching farmland turn into roads, houses and business' and being displaced twice because of urbanization has made the importance of keeping people connected to the land essential.  We have hosted groups for over 30 years, engaging students in the journey of their food from farm to fork.  Our aim is to have the best school tour ever as we continue to strive in strengthening this farm connection.

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