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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.

The third graders start gardening in the summer with the harvesting of grain at the farm. Students raise beds, plant by broadcasting seed, and measure spaces for certain seeds. Weekly chores include composting, harvesting, saving seeds, weeding, and planting cover crops. Students make evergreen wreaths in December, and study different grains and cook them in the winter, compiling their efforts into a "Grains and Recipes" book.

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