Environmental Sustainability: Farming

Lesson Title: Environmental Sustainability: Farming
Academic Standards: HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-4, HS-LS2-27, HS-ESS2-6
Content Creator: Mrs. Wendy Martin
Level: High School
Duration: 35-45 min
  /  Environmental Sustainability: Farming


  • Students will see that usable land worldwide is decreasing while population is increasing.
  • Students will understand what sustainable farming is.
  • Students will discuss the benefits of it.
  • Students will see examples of sustainable farming.
  • Students will understand how these practices sustain the land.
  • Students will experience a virtual combine ride.
  • Students will visit a hydroponics farm.


Farms are the backbone of our world. They supply their communities with food and livelihood. And farmland is decreasing while population is increasing. How do we continue to feed our population on the land we have? Sustainable farming. This type of farming uses methods to produce food while minimizing damage to the farm ecosystem. In this lesson, students will discover the benefits of sustainable farming. They will explore examples of this type of farming. The lesson will end with a virtual ride on a combine and a visit to an Iowa hydroponics farm.


  1. Start with a pre assessment, gauging what students know about land use and loss.
  2. Do a world land use demo.
  3. Move to farm and watch a video on land loss and sustainable farming.
  4. Discuss sustainable farming. What is it? Why is it beneficial?
  5. Discuss some examples of sustainable farming.
  6. Virtual ride on a combine.
  7. Virtual field trip to a hydroponics farm.

Suggested Ancillary Support

Sustainable farming video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYecU_gJdxA&feature=youtu.be other IFXs to set up the farm can include: a farmhouse animals: cow, goat, chicken, corn stalks bowls for food on a table milk jugs a tractor