The Farm as an Ecosystem
This lesson was originally commissioned by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in 2005. We updated and made additions to the lesson in 2017.
Grade Level: 3-8 and High School Enrichment
The Farm as an Ecosystem Lesson, Procedures & Worksheets
Parts of the Farm Ecosystem
Food Chain Cards
Food Chain Game Labels
Food Chain Wheel
“The Farm as an Ecosystem” Digital Presentations
When we hear the term “ecosystem,” we usually think of oceans, forests, or desert ecosystems. But, what about the farm as an ecosystem? An ecosystem is a group of organisms, living and non-living, and their physical environment in which they interact and exchange energy. The difference between the farm ecosystem and other ecosystems is that humans control many of the interactions in the farm ecosystem. Farmers care for their farm environment. They work to improve soil condition, reduce soil erosion, protect water quality, and enhance habitats for their animals. When parts of the farm ecosystem change or are out of balance, the farm is not producing food.