Farm School Program

Farm School Program for 1st-6th graders 2019-20.

Time: The program runs Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-3:00 in fall and spring, 8:30-1:00 in winter. There will be three sessions each year, we are happy to prorate a session that may have already begun if there is still room.

Session 1: Sept 3 – Nov 22.  Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays $750 First Child,  $500 Second Child.     Two days – $1250 First child, $800 Second Child.

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Session 2: Dec 2 – Feb 21.   Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays  $665 First Child,  $425 Second Child.     Two days – $1040 First child, $520 Second Child.

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Session 3: March 2 – June 5.   Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays   $750 First Child,  $500 Second Child.    Both days – $1250 First Child, $800 Second Child.

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From Sept 3 – Nov 22 and March 2- June 5, this program runs from 8:30AM-3:00PM, from Dec 2- Feb 21 from 8:30AM-1:00PM.

Program Description

This program is designed to reinforce children’s connection to the living world and recognize their place and value within it.  Through this program we seek to support children who may be bored or taxed by a traditional school setting, and ground them in nature and real work, which we have seen time and again increase their engagement other areas of their lives. We do chores and projects together, garden and explore the natural world!

As children arrive they jump right into morning chores.  We have a checklist that we work to complete together before we break for snack. We seek to balance chores we all enjoy with ones that must be done for the health of the animals.  We strive for a collaboration, where we all participate equally.  After snack, students have the option of taking up a supervised workshop project or enjoying free time building snow forts, hay forts, mud pits, bridges, etc.  We believe there to be equal value in their creating their own play and projects, and working with us. We do not force either and typically find that most students strike a nice balance between the two.

We tend to encourage them to sort out conflicts on their own. If we step in to support conflict resolution, we seek to help all voices be heard, but encourage their own creative resolution.

In every activity that we undertake with them, we seek to grow their skills to accomplish it without us (with the exception of working with cows, which is always supervised).  In all activities, we seek to build skills, competence,  confidence, and independence.

Activities include

  • Feeding and watering livestock
  • Collecting, cleaning and packing eggs
  • Milking cows and goats
  • Gardening
  • Carpentry with hand tools

Farm life follows the rhythm of the seasons. In the fall we will harvest the farm’s abundance, dry flowers and herbs, save seeds and prepare the animals and farm for the cold ahead.  Winter is a quieter time with a focus on keeping animals healthy and warm, and learning new skills, including wilderness lore and fire-making. Spring is full to bursting with planting, new babies, and new projects!  Carpentry is a constant to all seasons, we seem to need to construct many things to keep farm life running smoothly.

Goals of this program include inspiring a deep connection to the land and animals; and building the capacities for confidence, independence, and joy in life and work.

Typical rhythm:

Time
Activity
8:30-10:00
Morning farm chores
10:00-10:30
Snack break
10:30-12:15
Free time or Project time
12:15-1:00
Lunch
1:00-2:30
Hike, project or free time.
2:30-3:00
Clean up

Drop In Price: $60/day.

Bring:

Hearty snack and Lunch

Water bottle

Sunscreen, bug spray.

Hat (sun or warm), farm gloves.

Clothing for the weather and the farm. We will get muddy and mucky often. For rain, children need raincoat, rain pants, and boots; in winter, winter parka, snow pants, and boots. It is a good idea to designate a set of outdoor clothes “farm clothes” if possible.

A change of clothes is always a good idea in case we get wet through.

Leave at home or in your backpack:

All electronic devices.  Phones, smart watches, tablets, game devices, etc.