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A once-a-week after-school program lasting 5 weeks, Rad Traditions is guided by our Grow Eat Make principles and offers a holistic experience of The Ecology Center through the lens and tools of the farmer, the chef and the artist.

Winter Session

Join us in exploring the farm this winter as we align with the unique rhythm of the season. The work of winter is nourishment. We nourish ourselves as farmers and communities by slowing down and taking rest. We nourish the land and soil with cover crops and compost tea.

The Fireside Project I 

Weeks of January 9th – February 6th

The Fireside Project II 

Weeks of February 13th – March 13th

Each age group meets once per week, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., for each 5-week session:

Mondays: ages 11-14 (4-week sessions)
Tuesdays: ages 7-12 
Wednesdays: ages 5-10
Thursdays: ages 5-10

Cost

$150 per student per 5-week session

$120 per student for Monday 4-week session (due to Monday Holidays)

The Fireside Project I & II

Project I: Weeks of January 9, January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6
Project II: Weeks of February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13

Join us in an exploration of nourishment – for our bodies, communities, and land- as we slow down in the winter months. When we follow the rhythms of the season, nature’s projects present themselves to us. We’ll explore the quiet of the season on our Regenerative Organic Certified farm, with thematic projects including:

An adult hands something to a child on the farm.

On the Farm

  • Working with winter’s vegetables
  • Cover crop care
  • Herbal exploration
  • Compost and compost tea

In the Kitchen

  • Kitchen skills + introduction to cooking
  • Experimenting with fermentation and preservation
  • Tasting and experimenting with seasonal flavors
Two children laugh as they craft with clay.

In the Studio

  • Carving creation
  • Hand skills and textiles
  • Exploring fire

The Fireside Project I

Weeks of January 9th – February 6th

The Fireside Project II

Weeks of February 13th – March 13th

Each 5-week session is offered Tuesday-Thursday at 3:30pm-5:30pm with activities adapted to each age group. Both 5-week sessions dive into the concepts of warmth and nourishment but will have different activities around the fire. If you sign up for the full ten-weeks, you won’t be repeating the same activities back-to-back.

Tuesdays: ages 7-12
Wednesdays: ages 5-10
Thursdays: ages 5-10

Due to two holidays- Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Washington Day, Mondays will be 4-week sessions at 3:30pm-5:30pm (excluding the two holidays). This experience will be a deeper dive into the projects and an opportunity toward mastery.

Mondays: ages 11-14

Cost
$150 per student per 5-week session
$120 per student for Monday 4-week sessions

Rainy Day Policy

In the event of rain during a Rad! Day, we will offer a makeup day on Saturday, January 28th for the first session and Saturday, February 25th for the second session. If you are unable to attend the makeup day, we will refund you for the day missed due to weather.

Teens cut vegetables
Young hands mold clay.
A group of children make tortillas.
Kids examine flowers close up with microscopes.
A young hand picks berries off the plant.