Wayside Farm School is an anomaly. We grow lots of food. In fact, today we delivered more than 600 pounds of squash, potatoes and onions to kitchens and staff. We teach and learn from one another every day.
This week we've had lessons in tree planting and orchard irrigation, crop rotations, and weed identification &
management. In addition to these lessons the more than 20 acres currently in production must be managed. This combination of field experiences and classroom instruction highlight the rich educational opportunities Wayside Farm School offers.
And if that wasn’t evidence enough, we will sit down tomorrow, nearly 30 people strong, to share a meal cooked from fresh farm grown ingredients. We will eat that meal on tables built by our students, on a campus that is literally being constructed by the instructors and students who make this all happen.
This is perhaps a normal experience at farm schools across the country, or on college campuses that specialize in agricultural education....
Wow, the first month of 2017 has been eventful! The Wayside Farm School Team has restructured its educational format to pilot a program that provides Farm-Based Education to a larger number of students, and it is running beautifully. We have moved to new fields which increased our growing area five-fold, and our compost program is finally getting back on track thanks to our new Instructor—Miss Owens. Finally, three of us were able to attend the 37th Annual EcoFarm Conference and our minds were blown by the tremendous experience.
We want to thank everyone we came into contact with at the conference because all of you nourished our heads, warmed our hearts and revived our spirits. The dinner table networking was worth the nearly 5-hour drive, and the food was outstanding. The mixers we attended highlighted the great work the ecological agriculture movement is doing and made us proud to be a part of it. The evening entertainment was excellent and the groovy band “Orgone” from LA represent...