An apple a day

14 10 2012

Our team spent a day at Ricker Hill Orchard a few weeks back. The students learned about cranberries and apples. We got a tour of the apple sorting & packing station as well as the cider pressing building. All pretty interesting stuff to someone who had never seen it before. I was amazed by the sorting of the apples.  They had a conveyer belt that took the apples along and then all of a sudden the apples would -pouf- disappear from the middle of the conveyer. They were being sorted by size and when they “disappeared” they would roll onto these rotating tables with like sized apples. Pretty cool in my opinion.

After we had our tour we ate lunch and the students had a chance to run around a bit and enjoy the activities and animals….which they did… the fullest extent.  If anyone knows how to have some serious little kid fun, it’s middle schoolers. It was entertaining…..see the pictures below to get an idea of what I am talking about.

Duck races.

Spider web.


The corn pit.

The corn pit, that was a favorite.  They were utterly amazed by it, they loved it but, I finally had to make them get out so a little boy could play in it!

Next stop was the apple orchard at the top of the hill. It was a incredible blue bird sky day and the views were exceptional.

The view from Ricker Hill.

Each student got to pick apples for themselves. We also picked a few boxes to bring back to school for math and language projects (and snacks).  I had some students come with me to seek out a few other varieties of apples for our apple lab. We picked McIntosh, Jonagolds, Gala and Honeycrisp. Overall we had a great day and hope to do something like this again in the future.




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