In The Classes
Learn the math concepts and then go out in the farm an apply concepts by mapping out garden plot areas, barn trusses, etc
Learn the biology of a plant and then design an experiment in the school greenhouse to determine the evapo-transpiration rate or reproductive cycle of tomatoes.
Write an essay on the need for local food production, interview farmers and community members and use persuasive concise language to portray the respect you have gained for the virtues inherent in working the land and partnering with nature
Learn concepts and then go outside to paint a landscape, sculpt a tomato you helped grow.
On The Farm
August to October
This is the harvesting time for the students. The days consist of weeding and accumulating the production for the year. Preparing the CSA boxes up until mid September. End of September begin the selling of pumpkins, Pumpkin sells go into the end of October. September through October is key in harvesting seeds to plant the following year.
November to March
November seeds are dry and can be organized prepared for storage until spring. Soil checks are conducted in November and December. Students begin to plan out what soil amending will take place early spring, working heavily with the plant and soil classes. After Holiday break the students are in full swing to prepare all the data to then hand it off to the Second Semester to crunch and begin planning for spring planting. January and February students analyze plant yields and all data to determine what will be planted. March work begins in greenhouse and extends to spring. Also begin to implement some of the soil amending procedures.
Students wrap up soil preparation and planting and weeding begin. Also will harvest early crops; peas, lettuce etc.