A Farm Lesson Plan; Who Grew My Soup

One of the great things about winter is going to farm conferences.  A few weeks ago we attended the MO Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher conference.  Daddy and I learned lots from our seminars and speakers, but Brett probably had the most fun ;-).   He was finally old enough to join the grade school kids at the children’s seminars, provided by the Promotion and Education committee, directed by Diane Olson, Barbra Wilson, and Terribeth Spargo.  They came up with this fun farm lesson plan and Brett loved it.

The activities were based on the book, Who Grew My Soup, by Tom Darbyshire.

Who Grew My Soup, a Farm Lesson plan

Its a silly story with hilarious illustrations that look like something you’d create with an app on your iPad.  Basically this kid decides he’s not eating his healthy soup until he knows what’s in it.  So, because isn’t this what happens every time you declare war on vegetables, a hot air balloon (actually tomato) swoops down and carries him off to the fields where the soup was grown.

Farm Lesson Plan, Who Grew My Soup

Next they had the kids sort plastic food by plant part.  For example, the tomatoes in the soup are the fruit of plant, but carrots are the roots and corn and peas are the seeds.  This chart can get you started if you’re stuck with that one!

Farm Lesson Plan, Parts of the Plant we use for food

The kids also got to vote on their favorite kind of soup.  This, of course, would be a great thing to graph.  If we had more people (one hurdle for homeschooling!) I wanted to make a “live” graph where everyone used an actual can of soup to represent their vote and stack them on the floor as a bar graph.  If you try it, send me a picture please :-).

They ended the seminar by making their own Who Grew My Soup Mix.

Farm Lesson Plan, make your own soup

1/3 cup beef bouillon granules
1/4 cup dried minced onion
1/2 cup dried split peas (green and yellow if possible)
1/2 cup lentils (red and green for variety)
1/2 rice (white or brown but NOT instant)
1 cup tri-colored spiral pasta

Directions for Mix
Layer these ingredients in the order given into a 1 quart canning jar.  Pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient.  Attach a gift tag with the following:

Soup Recipe
1 jar Who Grew My Soup mix
1 pound ground beef, browned and drained

Remove pasta from mix and set aside.  Place the remaining soup mix in a large soup pot.  Add 12 cups of water.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer 45 minutes.  Add pasta and ground beef and simmer an additional 15 minutes.

Thanks so much to the P&E committee for such a fun seminar.  Especially when it comes to farm lessons, Brett prefers to learn from someone other than mom :-).  I mean really, what does she know about soup?!

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16 thoughts on “A Farm Lesson Plan; Who Grew My Soup

  1. Love your blog! I am in the process of compiling and educator resource packet to accompany “Who Grew My Soup” for our annual Ag Literacy Program. Could I include your activity about sorting plant parts that we consume? Of course, credit would go to you. Please let me know. Thanks!

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  6. Tom Darbyshire

    Glad you liked my book!

  7. Soup in the mason jar is a great idea 🙂

  8. Great lesson – will definately add it to my to do list for the kiddos. You are living my dream!


    • Thanks so much! I’m enjoying perusing your blog for great ideas to use too!

      • It’s so great to not have to reinvent the wheel, isn’t it? And I love finding other moms who are passionate about teaching – and learning! Peruse away. I’ve got your blog in my reader now and am looking forward to your posts.


  9. I love this! I will be ordering this book! (I need a “Who Grew My T-Shirt?” book! 😉 )This will be such a fun learning experience that all 4 of my kiddos can do together! Thanks for sharing the {farm} love!

  10. groceryshrink

    This is awesome! Our kids are fascinated that broccoli is flowers–it’s so fun to think about the different parts of plants that we eat.

  11. Barbara Wilson

    Thanks for sharing this book and lesson Kelly. We had so much fun with the kids!

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