|The orchard is set on 40 acres|
I went along with Ella's class today on an excursion to an Orchard. I would have to say it was one of the most interesting and enjoyable ones I've been on, and I've been on lots!
We were greeted by Emily when we arrived, who was our tour guide.
|Emily tells the children of the different fruits they grow|
We learnt about the history of the orchard which belongs to Emily's husband and family. It was established in 1939.
|We walked along the rows of apple trees|
Emily talked about what fruits they grow there, which trees were which, and about what happens during the different seasons
|The garden where they dug for worms|
Then it was on to digging for worms - well Emily dug while the kids all found a worm each
|Ella gets down and searches for her worm|
|And here it is!|
|The kids all compared their worms while the others were getting theirs|
They then went and fed their worms to the chooks who were waiting patiently.
|The chooks waiting for a snack|
We then met up with Phil who explained what he was about to do on the orchard (clean up with his tractor around the trees
|More learning from Phil|
Then it was time for morning tea. Everyone was pretty hungry by then. Emily brought around plates of cut up fruit which was delicious!
|Ella waiting patiently for some organic fruit|
|Ella gets some Pink Lady apple|
We then met Farmer John (Emily's husband) who was working in the shed. He explained about his Grandfather and Dad building the sheds. He showed us the coolstore.
|Farmer John talks about the shed and cool stores and what happens inside|
The kids learnt about the process of getting the fruit from the packing shed to the wholesalers, to the retailers to home.
|A look into the coolstore|
Then finally after lunch they all got to enjoy a short ride on the apple chariot back up the hill to the bus.
|Ella (back right) gets a ride with her friends|