Learning in the Orchard

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In the spirit of the fall harvest season, and to get a little lesson about agriculture, first-graders at Gribbin Elementary School recently took a field trip to the Fort Salonga Farm where they took a tour of the apple orchard and had the opportunity to pick their own apples. “Students learned about grafting and how to pick an apple and that there are important helpers at the orchard such as bumblebees, bats, bluebirds, and owls,” said Gribbin teacher Antoinette Hatzopoulos, whose class was among those making the trip.  Students also conducted apple science experiments, and as a culminating tasty treat, put on their proverbial chef hats and learned how to make apple pies and applesauce.