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Farm School is a place-based approach to education, immersing chidlren in the farm and its natural ecosystems. Explore life on the farm as we learn about where our food comes from, gardening, animal care, watersheds, soils, waste, and more!
Our curriculum is most popular with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes, but our program can be modified to be suitable for all ages, kindergarteners to seniors in high school.
Younger students focus on caring for plants and animals. Older students participate in our "Food for Thought" curriculum that examines issues like local and sustainable food systems and undertakes major building projects here on the Farm.
Farm school lasts between two and five days, depending on your group's goals and needs. Each Farm School is unique to the school attending, based on the choices of its teachers and students. Our staff work hard with the visiting teachers to create an experience that directly suits the curricular needs of the students.
Farm School Crews consist of 10-12 students who work with and learn from our entire education staff. Crews engage in farm chores like mucking stalls, investigations around the farm, and large group role plays. Through these activities, students explore natural cycles of soil, water and plants, resource management, and basic ecological principles.
Students also participate in journal time, where they each record their discoveries. We believe this is an important part of the experiential learning cycle, as students apply their new knowledge to their final Farm School projects. Final project examples include topics like a woodlot management plan or a diversified farming plan.
Farm School costs $17.50 per student, per day. Older groups that tackle major work projects can complete a work trade in exchange for camping at Recompence Shore Campground.
Schedule your Farm School Experience
Please register for your Farm School experience well ahead of time! We schedule trips every day from mid-April to mid-June and September to November in 2013, and we wouldn't want you to miss out!