Farm to You is a 40’ x 40’ enclosed walk-through exhibit with nine stations. This interactive adventure is designed to involve kindergarten through 6th-grade students in learning how foods from the farm are used by their bodies for good health.

Students make their way through the exhibit by visiting unique Farm to You stations:
Cheeseburger Farm
To Market
Healthy Cool Cafe
Small Intestine

At each station students spend about six minutes participating in activities and learning about the relationships between agriculture, food and health.

Farm to You Objectives:
Children will learn that farms provide food for good health.

Children will learn to use food labels to make healthy choices.

Children will learn about the digestive system.

Children will learn the importance of physical activity and personal hygiene to good health.

Children’s eating and health behaviors will improve.

Awareness will increase among parents, school personnel and community members about the importance of teaching children healthy habits.

Farm to You Stations

Station 1: The Cheesburger Farm
The Cheeseburger Farm teaches kids that farms provide foods that are important to their health and helps them make the connection between their food and the farm it comes from. Students match farm animals and plants with the component of the cheeseburger it provides. They also match each component of the cheeseburger with the appropriate MyPyramid food group.

Station 2: The Market
The Market shows kids how food moves away from the farm and is packaged for sale. It also introduces them to food lables and teaches them how to read the labels. The Market lets students follow the path of milk from the farm to the store. They also learn to use food labels to make healthy choices.

Station 3: Healthy Cool Cafe
The Healthy Cool Cafe shows students that the school cafeteria offers a variety of food from each of the food groups and stresses the importance of eating a variety of foods. At the Healthy Cool Cafe students evaluate a tray of food for variety using the MyPyramid food groups and color as criteria.

Station 4: The Mouth  
The Mouth station teaches kids that they need a healthy mouth to enjoy their food. Presenters demonstrate how to bursh and floss properly. Older students (grades 4 through 6) will also learn about diseases associated with tobacco use by observing a model of a mouth that is diseased by tobacco use and comparing the function of a healthy and diseased lung model.

Station 5: The Stomach  
The Stomach station shows students how the stomach is part of the digestive system and helps break down food into nutrients that are used to help the body grow and be healthy. They also learn that feelings of hunger and fullness are cues to help control eating. Students walk through the esophagus and enter the stomach where they compare the inflation of a balloon to feelings of hunger and fullness. They will also discuss how food is digested into different nutrients.

Station 6: The Small Intestine  
The Small Intestine station teaches kids that the nutrients from food are absorbed in the small intestine and stresses the importance of fiber for a healthy small intestine. Students walk through a maze with villi suspended from the ceiling and use the scientific process to predict and observe absorption.

Station 7: The Muscles  
The Muscle station emphasizes that muscles need foods rich in protein and carbohydrates and how exercise helps make muscles strong and flexible. Student will feel muscles move and use resistance bands to participate in a stretch and strengthening exercise.

Station 8: The Bones  
The Bones station teaches kids the importance of dairy foods and exercise to help build strong bones. Students identify dairy food groups that build strong bones and observe a model of healthy and weak bones.

Station 9: The Skin  
The Skin station teaches students that frequent hand washing is important to good health. Students use Glo-germ gel to experience how germs are spread. It also show that how to protect skin from burns, cuts, scrapes and bruises.

Southwest Dairy Farmers Cooperative Extension Service OSU Nutritional Sciences Oklahoma 4-H Fresh Start Program