Farm School Mornings for 1st-6th graders 2017-18
At this time this program runs from 8:30-12:30, we will be extending it to full day at least one day for the fall of 2018, and possibly late spring 2018 as well. Full days are tricky right now in the winter cold, as we do not have a heated space.
This program runs Tuesday and Friday mornings on the farm each week for 6-12 year olds. Students arrive at 8:30AM for morning chores, free play, and projects on the farm. Pick up is between 12:00 and 12:30.
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 real work, which we have seen time and again increase their engagement other areas of their lives.
As children arrive they jump right in to morning chores. We have a check list 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 without us (with the exception of working with cows, which is always supervised). In all activities, we seek to build skills, competence, and confidence, and independence.
- Feeding and watering livestock
- Collecting, cleaning and packing eggs
- Milking cows and goats
- 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, 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.
Time: The program runs Tuesdays and Fridays 8:00-12:00 (sign up for one or two days). 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 2: January 5 – February 23. Tuesdays or Fridays $224 First Child, $112 Second Child. Both days – First child, $392 Both days Second Child $196.
Session 3: March 6 – June 1. Tuesdays or Fridays $416 First Child, $208 Second Child. Both days – First Child, $728, Both days Second Child $364.
|Morning farm chores|
|Free time or Project time|
|Project time or Free time|
|Pick up at the farm|
Price: $35/session or $30/session if attending both days
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.
Dates for Session 2:
Tuesdays: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20.
Fridays: January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23.
Dates for Session 3:
Tuesdays: March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29.
Fridays: March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1.
Drop In: 1 Visit, 1 Child: $40 Drop In: 4 Visits, 1 Child: $140