TURNER — Boxberry School students learned about Maine’s local economy and agriculture on a field trip to Ricker Hill Orchard recently.

The tour guide, Jenn, is a part of the ninth generation Ricker family and talked about their apple sorting, cider pressing and orchards. Students picked their own apples, while learning the proper way to twist and pull, so that next year’s blossom remained intact.

They watched how the apples were sorted, learning about where they are shipped. In the cider room, students watched the forklift raise and empty a large bin of apples into a machine that presses them into a pulp, and they had the opportunity to taste freshly made cider.

After the educational tour, students used their directional skills to navigate their way through the corn stalk maze.


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