We don’t have a five acre garden, but this article points to the importance of including gardening and agriculture in our curriculum. Like many other important things to include in our curriculum, the additive approach is unsustainable. You can’t keep adding more and more standards to the already full curriculum. What you can do though, is look at what you are already doing, and integrate.
I know that many of our units in second grade lend themselves so well to agriculture. Community and the Pike Place Market, The Road to Independence (I’m sure those early colonists had their own gardens), and the Gift of the Nile (doesn’t that just scream agriculture). We may have difficulties with the Arctic regions, penguins and polar bears, but who knows.
Besides social studies, one can do so much math in a garden, keep a written math journal, create art for their space, and the list goes on. It’s only our first year and hopefully these kids will learn to appreciate where their food comes from.