Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center
University of California
Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center

4-H Distance Learning

Welcome to our Distance Learning Page. Our Education Team will continue to add agriculture, garden and nutrition related lessons, stories and cooking demos you can enjoy from home. 

Virtual Tour:
Spring at the Farm


Meet Herbie-Discover how plants grow and produce food. Learn the basic plant parts. PreK to Grade 2

Plant Parts Activities-Use a plant parts stretch to introduce basic plant parts to the very young or reinforce the function of each plant part for older students. A craft activity is demonstrated as an extension of the exercise. Grade: K-3

Wiggly Worms, Food Friends-Learn about worms from body parts to their role in creating healthy soil to grow healthy foods. Observe live worm at work in their environment. Grade: 1-2 

Kitchen Scrap Gardening-Plants are living organisms. Identify plant parts and function, explore food cycle elements from planting to waste. Grade 2-3

Beans: A Growing Tale-Discover the various plant parts and theri role in growing beans-a nutritious and delicious vegetable. Grade 2-5


Story Time:

Garden and Nutrition related stories for
Pre-K to 2nd graders

Wash Your Hands by Tony Ross

Kyle in His Compost Pile the Story of a Red Wiggler by Julie Lehman

Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni

Lunch by Denise Fleming

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

Sunflower by Miela Ford

Handa's Surprise by Eileen Browne

Oliver's Fruit Salad by Vivian French

I Will Never NOT EVER Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington


Cuentos en espaƱol/Stories in Spanish

Calabaza, calabaza por Jeanne Titherington

Oye, hormiguita por Phillip y Hannah Hoose



Girl Scout, Amelia shares her worm composting bin she started during an afterschool visit with her troop-February 2020
Girl Scout, Amelia shares her worm composting bin she started during an afterschool visit with her troop-February 2020
Red Wiggler worm
Red Wiggler worm

Cooking Demos:

Rainbow Smoothie an easy way to add fruits and veggies to your day. Recipe courtesy of Ventura Unified School District

Chard-a-dilla this garden to plate demo uses chard, a beautiful and nutritious dark green leafy vegetable to put a twist on the classic quesadilla. Demo and recipe by Gwyn Vanoni


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