Fox Farms: Win-Win Opportunity

Welcome to the Fox Farm!

The goal of the PTA sponsored Fox Farm is to create an enrichment farm program within the Fox School curriculum. The program will supplement and correlate with the SOLs for each grade level. This will be a unique hands-on experience for Fox students that will integrate science, math, art, and cooking.

Each class will have an opportunity to work in the Fox Farm, planting, weeding, composting, harvesting and cooking/preparing their harvest. There will be fall, early spring, and late spring plantings. Students will complete observation journals.

Each grade will have its own learning plan:

  • K grades will plant and observe carrots as they change throughout their life cycle. Each classroom will have a root view planter in their class so they can see what is happening underground in the farm. They will plant mammoth sunflowers in the spring and measure them against their bodies.
  • First graders will plant broccoli in the fall and mammoth sunflowers at the end of the school year.
  • Second graders will plant beets in the fall, and peas in early spring. Students will collect the waste from the cafeteria salad bar each day and add it to the composter in the farm.
  • Third graders will replenish soil in the beds and plant radishes in the fall. They will put new compost in the garden at the end of winter, and plant green beans and squash in the spring.
  • Fourth graders will plant tulip bulbs and kale in the fall, and asparagus crowns in the early spring. In the late spring, students will plant pumpkin seeds that will be harvested in the fall. If the crop is successful, they may be sold/given out at the Fall Festival.
  • Fifth graders will plant lettuce in the fall. In late fall, 1⁄2 of crops will be covered with hoops to begin the science experiment to see the difference in the length of the growing season. Each class will create a science board to display their results In the late spring, students will plant pumpkin seeds that will be harvested in the fall. If the crop is successful, they may be sold/given out at the Fall Festival.

Fox Farm is an excellent opportunity for students to have hands-on experience with the concepts they are learning in class. In addition, it provides the school an opportunity to work on a common goal and understand the link between the environment and their lives. It shows students that even an urban environment has the ability to create a sustainable garden. Composting the salad bar trash is an opportunity for the Fox School to reduce its ecological footprint and to give back to the land. The farm is a place for students to measure, chart, graph, and create art.

Fox Farm is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at the Fox Farm please fill out a simple application form: Fox Farm Volunteer Form

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cindy Dejnozka at cdejnozk@richmond.k12.va.us.

Thank you!