Frequently Asked Questions for Big Jim Kids Farm

Big Jim Kids Farm Info Sheet

BIG JIM KIDS FARM FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

Teachers, we are going to do our best to make the day as enjoyable and stress-free as possible for you, so our #1 tip would be: prepare your students and chaperones in advance of the trip. We have found that on arrival, children are so excited and it is hard to keep their attention and give rules and instructions.

ADMISSION- $7.00 per person.

LOS RANCHOS LOCATION: 4474 RIO GRANDE BLVD

DIRECTIONS: From Albuquerque, get on Rio Grande Blvd and we are on the west side of the road by the Montano bridge. DO NOT get on Montano to get to location as there is NO exit. Just find the best way to get on Rio Grande BLVD and the address will direct you.

CHECK-IN: Please arrive promptly at your scheduled time. There will be a check in area where teachers can check in their group. A single payment for the entire group is preferred, as it speeds up the check-in process. The price applies to ALL who attend; students, school staff, parent volunteers, and siblings. We give one free teacher admission per 20 students. Once your group has checked in you will proceed to a brief orientation.

FARM ACTIVITIES & STATIONS

The following activities are part of the farm tour although not necessarily in this order.

PLAY AREA: This will be an area for students to play in dirt with toy farm trucks, loaders, tractors, shovels, rakes etc. A waiting area before or after learning stations, as assigned by group.

STATION 1: SOIL All good farming begins with good soil. Students will learn about soil, signs of of healthy or unhealthy soil, earthworms, composting, soil types, crop rotation and regenturing the soil. We will talk about how to prepare the soil for planting throughout the Winter and Spring and the different farm equipment used for these processes.

STATION 2: SEEDS Students will learn about different kinds of seeds, germination process, how to grow plants with seeds, how to save seeds from year to year and things you can do to seeds to help improve plant health. There will be an art project involved and each student will take home a pot with healthy soil and a seed for at-home food growing.

STATION 3: WATER Students will venture into the fields to learn about how we water our plants and the different ways other farmers water around the world. We will talk about water conservation and the issues New Mexico faces in regard to water supply. We will talk about the acequia and its source.

STATION 4: BUGS & HARVESTING: Students will learn about good and bad bugs, plant health and diseases and organic farming methods. They will learn about how to harvest different crops and then they will harvest a fruit or vegetable that they will be able to take home.

STATION 5: COOKING: Students will watch a cooking demonstration with the fruit or vegetable they just harvested in the field and get to taste it. Students will get to take home a recipe card so they know how to do it themselves.

MAKE FRIENDS WITH OUR FARM ANIMALS: This year a few farm animals will be onsite for viewing. This will be a waiting area before or after learning stations, as assigned by group.

THINGS TO KNOW

LUNCH: To provide easy planning for your groups, simply bring your own lunch. We have eating areas such as picnic tables and hay bales.

RULES:

  1. Respect station teacher and pay attention during learning periods. 
  2. Do not go outside of gated area or near street.
  3. Be kind to animals and cautious when around them.
  4. Do not pull any plants from the ground.
  5. Do not step on any plants.
  6. Do not go near ditch area.
  7. Stay in designated areas.
  8. Stay with group and chaperon at all times.
  9. Feel free to get dirty! This is a farm and we encourage all students to play in dirt.

OTHER TIPS:

*Wear comfortable shoes; you will be walking on uneven terrain.

*This is a farm and not all areas will be shaded. Bring sunhat, sunscreen and plenty of water for everyone.

*There may be days with mud. You may get dirty.

*Do not forget to bring cameras.

*Strollers are allowed.

*Dogs not allowed.

*Portable restrooms will be available.

PHONE NUMBER: 505-720-3800 or 505-459-0719 E-Mail: bigjimfarms@gmail.com