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【 高校1年生 アメリカフィールドワーク 3日目 】 / America Field Work [3rd Day]





On March 6th we took a one day trip to Fairfield, home to the Jelly Belly Candy Factory—the most famous family-run candy company in the US.  The students learned the history of the company and how jelly beans are made.  After the factory tour, they tried some jelly beans and bought souvenirs for their friends and families in Japan.






After the morning tour at Jelly Belly, we visited University of California in Davis. There, some UC Davis students and staff led a tour of the student farm.  Through the student farm, UC students research on organic farming, sustainable agriculture and environmental education.


While walking through the farm, we learned about sustainable agriculture.  The most interesting project on this farm is called “Community Supported Agriculture.”  The UC Davis students grow organic vegetables by themselves, and then eat or sell the produce to the local community.  Every week, customers request certain vegetables and pay in advance.  Then, student farmers grow only the amount needed. This system benefits both customers and farmers.  Nakamura students are required to do research on “food related issues” as a part of the SG programme. Seeing this farm at work gave our students new ideas and helped boost their motivation. 


Jelly beans and vegetables are both common in our everyday lives.  But the way they are made and consumed differ greatly.  Seeing both processes in action gave the students plenty of food for thought.