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On-Site | Share the Harvest: Seed, Animal Feed, and Flour from Field Corn

In the days before tractors, corn harvesting was a labor-intensive farm operation requiring many hands and a cooperative effort by family members, neighbors, and sometimes hired hands. Share the Harvest is a new program at Howell Farm that gives visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the crops and animals producing eggs, wool, whole wheat flour, oats, corn, and seasonal produce for donation to Trenton-area food pantries and soup kitchens during the pandemic. Join the farmers at Howell Living History Farm for a Share the Harvest tour, focusing on one of our most important crops...field corn!

Along the way, your students will visit multiple stations where they will learn from farmers about the animals that call Howell Farm home – as well as help shell corn for seed selection and animal feed. They will work alongside farmers picking, storing and processing ears of dent corn, and will learn about how it can also be used to create lots of tasty things for people to eat. At the end of your tour, each family will receive a bag of cornmeal and a recipe card to make cornbread at home.

Program Objectives

Students will participate in an 1890-1910 corn harvest and process corn for animal feed in order to understand:

• That much of our food comes from plants grown on farms

• That children had many important jobs on the farm

• That plants, animals, and humans on the farm are interdependent

• That while the 1900 farm family produced much of their own food, many things were available in stores; people made decisions about what they would buy based on their needs, means and the availability and value of new products

Relevant Curricula


• LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

• LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

• LS2.B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

• LS3 Heredity, Inheritance and Variation of Traits


• 5.1A Understand Scientific Explanations

• 5.1B Generate Scientific Evidence through Active Investigation

• 5.2E Forces and Motion

• 5.3C Interdependence

• 5.3D Heredity


• 6.1B Geography, People and the Environment

• 6.1C Economics, Innovation and Technology

• 6.1D History, Culture and Perspectives

Cost & Scheduling

Available Fridays, 10:00–1:00 p.m.
October 16 – December 4

$8.00 per person:

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