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Students are given the privilege of experiencing a unique farm and Horticulture curriculum that combines classwork as well as hands-on gardening to immerse children, mind and body, into this fundamental topic. In the classroom, students learn of the progression from nomadic hunting and gathering to the first crops, from early hand tools to the machines used on small farms. Different types of soils, grasses, and grains are identified and characterized.

Children work in our garden one period per week, contributing to tasks such as growing seedlings in greenhouses and transplanting them into soil, mulching and composting, weeding, and harvesting. Third graders make bread from scratch, threshing and grinding the grains they harvest to prepare dough.

Second graders are eased into the gardening program by working as a team to plant and harvest spinach, radishes, beans, celery, and carrots. Students contribute to the composting program by raking leaves and helping to transport food scraps from the cafeteria for compost. They also make evergreen wreaths in December for the holiday season.

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