Operating a Farm
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: What’s it like to be a farmer? How do they grow crops? What determines what crops they grow? How do they get their crops to market? Explore these questions and more in this segment with Dave Thies, owner of Thies Farm and Greenhouses.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: DAgriculture-17**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in your study of community, the economy, and/or businesses to help students learn firsthand what it takes to run a farm and how a farm affects a community.
  • Before viewing the video, ask students if any of them have been to a farm. If so, have them describe what they saw and then have the class compare what the students had seen to what Mr. Thies describes in his farm operation.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.