Stewardship is at Our Core
Since the 1940s, our Garden City Horticulture curriculum and farm campus in New Hampshire’s Glen Brook farm have taught students about work, responsibility, and sustainable living. Beginning in the earliest classes, students are brought into nature for phenomenological observation and study. Understanding our actions and their consequences for our planet are woven into the culture of the community. Students learn respect for all of earth’s creatures, the benefits of local food sources, biodynamic farming, and other aspects of sustainable living.
The daily life of School observes decades-long practices of recycling, repurposing, and otherwise using what we have and making what we need. Glen Brook's farm includes a small herd of sheep and is a certified tree farm. Harvested wool, shorn from the herd in April prior to lambing, is washed and carded and used in classrooms at the Waldorf School of Garden City. Food has since emerged as a valuable focal point for all our programs: at Glen Brook students make maple syrup, press apple cider, grow vegetables, and raise animals. The children are involved in every step of the process, being nourished by the food that they have grown themselves.
In short, we teach environmental stewardship by modeling responsible behavior. Our institutional values and unique program position us well to serve as a resource for others, even as we continue to improve our own practices.
R. Louv the author of No Child Left in the Woods wrote “Nature is nurture.” At the Waldorf School of Garden City we agree. Alumni regularly recount Glen Brook trips as the highlight of their educational experience. These ‘rites of passage’ foster self-confidence, an appreciation for group effort and a capacity for engagement.