Make a small orchard for students to manage. Include in the orchard more than just apples. Include 15-20 different types of Wisconsin trees for students to do leaf identification and forestry units.
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- Why did you choose conventional farming over organic farming?
- Why did you choose the breed/breed combinations that you did for your group?
- What is the square footage of all of your buildings?
- What is your daily milk production?
- What percent solids does your herd produce on average?
- What volume of milk does your herd produce on average?
- Describe your milking process.
- What advantages does your milking system have?
- What are the daily or annual costs of running the farm?
- What is the potential income daily or annual of running the farm?
- How long will it take to generate income to pay for the capitol items the farm needs?
- What are the advantages of your manure handling system?
- Why did you choose the specific feeding system for your farm?
Welcome to the Machine is a summer school class that explores machines of agriculture. Primarily an introduction to tractor restoration, Welcome to the Machine is a class that also explores other machinery. Partnering with community groups like the Coulee Region Antique Engine club to learn the history of agricultural machinery will enhance the curriculum. Students will learn basic tractor troubleshooting and repair as well as the history of agricultural machinery.
Activities that the class could organize and participate in include but are not limited to:
- Drive your tractor to school day
- Antique Tractor Display
- Organizing a community tractor ride
- Restoring/repairing small engines
- Restoring a tractor
- Attending antique tractor shows
- Purchasing toys for toy tractor show for machinery identification activity
The class meets 2-3 times a week as needed throughout the summer.
The Broiler Production Class will teach students how to raise broilers successfully. Broilers are chickens that have a fast growth rate that is ideal for meat production. The class would be held 8-10 weeks before the respective county fair that students intend to enter. Each student will learn how to maintain the health of the animals through the proper management of feed, water, bedding, outdoor access, and space requirements.
Lures and Lunkers is a summer school class to introduce students to growing their own bait and learn skills in lure making. The culminating activity of the course is a day out at the pond. The school has a meats processing lab that the day’s catch can be prepared and smoked.
The idea is that the class be offered to 6th-12th grade students.
Bait raised would be meal worms, night crawler, and wax worm
Day 1. Introduction to lure making and bait farming.
- Build spoons – building a spoon lure is one of the easiest to do with a few split rings and some split ring pliers almost any convex metal object can be turned into an effective lure.
- Life cycle of a mealworm – mealworms are the larvae stage of the darkling beetle. Supply each student with a dish (recycled sour cream tub with holes in the top) of about 10 mealworms, 2 inches of oatmeal, and a baby carrot. The entire mealworm’s lifecycle is too long for a one week summer school course. If you have some pupae and beetles to add to the mix for the students to see the entire life cycle that can help.
- General tour of the equipment and the rest of the week.
- Casting practice. Usually through your local DNR there are fishing educational materials that can be loaned out to instructors. Go out into a parking lot and practice casting a line.
Day 2. Spinner baits and Fish information
- Hand out fish wildcards from the Wisconsin DNR http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/documents/anglereducation/FishWildcardsLowRes2016.pdf
- Discuss the adaptations of each fish and what they like to eat. Separate fish into different piles based on characteristics. If you have fish in the classroom use them as an example to explain different fish adaptations.
- Build spinners to attract a specific species of fish.
Day 3. Fly tying and Worms
- Explain the worm life cycle and how a worm farm works
- Practice baiting a hook
- Waxworm life cycle
- Fish Identification and fish habitat
- Bag limits and fishing licences
- Post a sign on your door that the class has gone fishing.
- Process fish that were caught on day 4