Some easy experiments for the classroom or home

October is National Farm-To-School Month.  Check back every Monday of the month for a post about how to incorporate agricultural themes into the classroom.

Sometimes, modern agriculture becomes an impersonal force in the food system.  We don’t understand how it works, the science behind it, and what it means for our world and our lives.

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Agriculture (Photo credit: thegreenpages)

Here are two links that illustrate some of the scientific principles behind the agriculture around us.

In this YouTube video, you can learn how to extract a mass of DNA from strawberries using common household items.  This is an experiment I did in freshman botany at Purdue, and it helped me visualize the various components of a living plant.

This experiment teaches about the basics of fertilizers.  Fertilizers are mainly composed of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, and help farmers compensate for the deficiencies of the soil where they’re planting.  Through this experiment, students can learn how fertilizers are tools to help with plant growth.

Happy experimenting!

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Categories: Farming in the 21st Century, General, Informational | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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2 thoughts on “Some easy experiments for the classroom or home

  1. Mangonar Lumbantoruan

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  2. Reblogged this on Center for Innovative Food Technology and commented:
    National Farm-To-School Month: http://www.farmtoschoolmonth.org/

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