Presentations for Students K-8th

After experiencing a New Mettle Farms program elsewhere, a regular library patron requested that Sarah present at our library. Since then, we have booked almost every school presentation New Mettle Farms offers. Sarah’s enthusiasm for and knowledge about the topics she discusses makes her interactive presentations memorable. Families enjoy petting the live animals and exploring with their own hands the materials at each activity station. These agricultural science-based programs are unique opportunities for our library families to continue learning and discovering.     

Raquelle N. Deyto

Chavez Central Branch Library

Traveling Urban Ag Presentations

Hands-on discovery of agriculture-based sciences that fit in your backyard.


A Chick's Life Cycle

(Recommended for grades K-2)

Presentation will  introduce all the stages of development and the delicate needs that mama hens are able to meet to make sure their chicks are safely hatch. Activity station concepts include exploring the full life cycle needs of birds, from hatching environment, chick development, inherited traits, feather placement, food needs, and exploration of poultry breeds. 

All About Bees

Includes a Student Take-Home Gift: Class honey sampler with spoons

(Recommended for grades K-3)

Join us on a learning adventure to uncover the mysteries of one of our most helpful garden pals! Experience every step that bees take in their journey to honey makers, learn what the buzz is about pollen, & how bees help plants grow.  This program is given as a interactive presentation which includes insect identification, role-play, and modeling exercises.

NOTE: This is a photograph exhibit. There are no live bees involved in this presentation. 

STEM: B-Pollinators & Backyard Habitat

Includes a Student Take-Home Gift:  Backyard Habitat Worksheet

(Recommended for grades 3-6)

Learn all about our best pollinators and where they live in an engaging activity highlighting the 6 Pollinating B’s: bats, beetles, birds, butterflies, bees, and the breeze. Hands-on stations explore what B-Pollinators for shelter, food, and safety, and how you can create a welcoming habitat for them in your own backyards!

  • 1-Hr. lessons to support pollinators through the seasons by making appropriate habitat elements are available.

Planting by Lunar Light

Includes a Student Take-Home Gift: 4 Phase Planting Worksheet

(Recommended for grades 3-6)

Learn how the waxing and waning moon can grow stronger plants.  Our presentations, we teach how the moon is closely linked to the success of growing plants through gravity-altering water levels and planet rotation-boosting photosynthesis. It's just what you need to discover how to grow plants that are out of this world! Activity station concepts include exploration of the 4 primary phases of the moon, lunar rotation, and gravitational effects on water/ tides.

STEM: The Soil Bioverse Exploration

(Recommended for grades 5-8)

Students explore elements of the soil ecosystem as they come to understand that soil ecology is a key environmental factor in sustainable agriculture. Hands-on stations explore particle and soil types, soil chemistry, bacteria multiplication and energy, ground covers and composting, water and detoxification, and an introduction to key microorganisms.

  • 1-Hr. Science in the Garden Workshops and 6-week Regenerative Series are available for school garden programs. Recommended for grades 4-8.

Traveling the World of Ag Science Series

Exploring agriculture-based sciences from an international and historical perspective


Thread of a Silk Worm

Includes a Student Take-Home Gift:  Silk cocoon art

(Recommended for grades K-3)

Discover China's most coveted secret-the silk worm! These unique and amazing creatures hatch, eat, and prepare a cocoon of a single silk thread in their metamorphic journey to becoming a moth. Hear the story of Empress Si Ling-Chi and discover how silk worms are raised and silk is made in this interactive presentation.

Note: Live silk worms are available April to October, dependent upon weather.

  • 1-Hr. STEAM-Workshops on using insects as an international mini-livestock protein source and entomophagy are available. Recommended for grades 5-8.

Fiber from Around the World

(Recommended for grades 3-6)

Children will discover a diversity of fiber producing animals from around the world and the cultural art that came from the integral care of these herds. From the Silk Road beginning in China to the Aztecs of South America, a textile adventure awaits. Activity station concepts include microscopic discovery, items made & tools, Aztec dyes and designs, and textural games. 

  • 1-Hr. STEAM-Workshops for creating wet-felted textiles are available. Recommended for grades 3-8.

Native Peoples and Plants 

Includes a Student Take-Home Gift: Hand-made rope lariat

(Recommended for grades 3-6) 

  • Native American Indians- Introduce students to America’s first land stewards, the Native American Indians. Being a steward of the land was in integral part of Native American culture. Using stories and building tribal traditions, native peoples identified plants, their uses, their growth habits and habitats, and even planned continuation strategies to assure a balanced ecological food web.  Join us as we explore traditional Native Indian land stewardship techniques including an activity highlighting rope making as a creative recycling skill.


STEAM-Alchemy of Ancient Egypt 

Includes a Student Take-Home Gift: Personalized papyrus bookmark

(Recommended for grades 5-8)

Learn about how the Ancient Egyptians used their observations of the natural world and began studying, experimenting, and developing the foundation contributions to linguistics, chemistry, medicine, engineering, and astronomy. Students will become modern day alchemists by experiencing hands-on stations that explore each of these historically- based sciences that were once thought mystical mysteries.

  • 1-Hr. STEAM-Workshops for stone-based mixtures, aromatherapy infusions, and hieroglyphic linguistics are available. Recommended for grades 6-8.


Cost $245/ presentation

Includes mileage and insurance waiver 

for the Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne, and Monterey Counties of California.

We offer a 10% Discount With 3 or more

booked presentations per calendar year.

Homeschool Families

We are now an approved vendor for Connecting Waters Charter School and

Hart-Ransom. Your E.S. can register students individually to reserve their class space.  We will contact you with a confirmation once PO's  have been received.