Imagine that by creating a space for meaningful collaboration and creative problem-solving, a farm could become the classroom for the next generation.
Now accepting applications for 2023-2024!
By creating a space for meaningful collaboration and creative problem solving, we believe that a farm can become the classroom for the next generation of change makers.
Farm Raised is The Ecology Center’s suite of homeschooling enrichment experiences for children in grades 1 to 5. Designed for families in search of a holistic framework for their child’s education, Farm Raised is an exceptional program for learning through the lens of nature.
Under the guidance of our village teachers, farmers, chefs, parents and artisans, children learn from the patterns of nature, the philosophy of regenerative agriculture, the wisdom of Permaculture, and the practices of our four seasonal crop rotations to instruct and illustrate foundational curriculum.
Each day draws from the agricultural work and environmental conditions specific to that season, providing a meaningful framework for internalizing the principles and skills in each day’s lesson. More than just enrichment, Farm Raised offers a uniquely experiential model of education that will resonate deeply with children who love the earth, people and learning.
START DATE: Farm Raised runs from September 5, 2023 to May 31, 2024
GROUP SIZE: 12 to 15 children
AGE: 7 – 12
FREQUENCY: Classes meet 4 days a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m
Cultivating Young Difference-Makers: Introducing Farm Raised Homeschooling Program
Welcome to Farm Raised, a transformative homeschooling program at The Ecology Center! We are delighted to offer an exceptional schooling experience designed for children in grades 1 to 5, where education embraces nature and fosters a deep connection with our Regenerative farm.
At Farm Raised, we believe in cultivating change from the soil up. Our farm-based education model sparks curiosity, nurtures creativity, and encourages innovation, empowering the next generation of compassionate and conscious change makers. Through meaningful work on the farm, children learn the value of contributing to their community and making a difference.
Experiential Learning Amidst the Farm
Imagine a place where the farm becomes an interactive classroom, and the cycles of nature become a source of inspiration for young minds. Led by our dedicated village teachers, farmers, chefs, parents, and artisans, children engage in hands-on learning, drawing wisdom from regenerative agriculture practices and the farm’s seasonal expression. This immersive approach encourages children to connect with nature, instilling in them a sense of purpose and the joy of making a positive impact in their community.
Rooted in our guiding ethos “Grow, Eat, Make, Peace,” Farm Raised encourages children to become active participants in their education journey. Through immersive experiences on the farm, they learn the value of sustainable practices, collaboration, and the importance of meaningful work. Every task on the farm, from planting seeds to tending to animals, contributes to the greater good, instilling a sense of purpose and fulfillment in their young hearts.
Seasonal Immersion for Lifelong Connections
Each 12-week semester aligns with the farm’s agricultural work and the changing seasons, creating a dynamic and meaningful curriculum. From planting seeds to harvest celebrations, children connect deeply with the farm, discovering the interconnectedness of all living things. This seasonal immersion instills a lifelong love for the natural world and a commitment to making a positive difference in their communities.
Why Choose the Farm Raised Homeschooling Program?
Farm-Based Education: Learning takes root amidst The Ecology Center’s wonders, fostering a deep appreciation for agriculture, food and sustainable living.
Experiential Learning: Beyond textbooks, children actively engage in farm and culinary activities, igniting their curiosity and love for learning.
Nurturing Change Makers: Farm Raised cultivates essential life skills and empowers children to create positive change in the world through meaningful work.
Collaborative Community: Join a supportive network of educators and like-minded families, united in the pursuit of a healthier, greener future.
Holistic Growth: Our program fosters creativity, innovation, empathy, strength, and resilience, nurturing well-rounded individuals ready to embrace the challenges of the future.
Enroll in Farm Raised: Cultivate Change Today
Open the door to a transformative homeschooling experience at Farm Raised. Embrace the power of farm-based education and empower your child to make a difference through meaningful work in the world. Spaces are limited. Application process includes completing a questionnaire and interview.
To begin the application process, please fill out the form below.