Global Fertilizer Day
Did you know that half of all the food in the world is produced with the help of fertilizer? On October 13, we celebrate fertilizer as one of the most important inventions of our time!
Join us in the museum’s Soil Lab on Global Fertilizer Day – where special activities will be held throughout the day. Little ones can make a sprouting seed necklace to take home, and use microscopes to examine the tiny critters that help recycle nutrients in the soil, all while learning about the needs of plants.
Plus, we’ll be offering special demonstrations – taking place at 10:30 a.m and 2:30 p.m. – to further explore the importance of fertilizer in food production. Help find out if soils from the farm have all the nutrients needed for healthy plant growth and learn how fertilizers can help achieve stronger, healthier, and better yields at home and on the farm.
Ongoing activities (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Germinating bean jewelry
How does a seed become a plant? What do plants need to grow? Children will learn the answers to these questions and more while making a special “living” necklace to take home!
The world of worms
Examine active vermicompost under the microscope, to find out about the soil food web. Participants will get to know the many tiny creatures that work together to recycle soil nutrients.
Special demonstrations (10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.)
Soil nutrient testing
Plants draw food–or nutrients– from the soil to grow and thrive. Even before we plant, quick and reliable tests can tell us about the condition of the soil. Participants will help test soil samples from the farm – and see if they contain the nutrients needed for a bountiful harvest!
Organic or synthetic, straight or compound? Fertilizers can seem complicated. By examining the “4Rs” of nutrient stewardship, discover the wide range of fertilizers produced for different applications – from backyard gardens to gigantic fields. Participants will learn how fertilizers are produced and applied – and how they help plants grow.