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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.

Having contributed to the school gardens for several years, fifth graders are prepared to take on larger projects, such as building bunny fences around plots, in addition to planting, harvesting, and weeding.  Other activities include composting, making homemade salve from plantain herb picked from the campus and constructing evergreen wreaths. Students also learn about fermentation, a unit that culminates with making homemade sauerkraut.

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