Bellwether Farm is working on creating educational partnerships with schools, 4-H groups, and other groups interested in experiencing what we have to offer on our 137-acre property.
We want to change the way youth think about farming and show them the way nature provides the greatest entertainment system we’ve ever known. We want them to leave Bellwether Farm so enchanted with the natural world that they put down their phones and wander into their local parks. We want them to look at the food they eat and understand where it comes from and what it takes to grow it. We want to teach them about options for their food scraps (eaten by the chickens and composted). We know that hands-on learning is the foundation for effective and long-term impact.
We acknowledge and admire the hard work teachers are doing to help shape our future leaders. At Bellwether Farm, we are seeking to build partnerships with educators and serve as an outdoor extension of their classrooms, enriching their curriculums through creative learning. On any given day, a visiting school group could customize their visit to include:
- working out in the garden, planting, harvesting, and tasting our veggies
- engaging in hands-on lessons on water conservation, soil health, compost, pollinators, and more
- feeding and caring for our goats, sheep, and chickens
- participating in a cooking lesson and/or cooking competition
- visiting the beehives, learning about beekeeping, and tasting a spoonful of Blessed Bee honey
- learning to fish, canoe, and swim in our 3.5 acre pond
- taking an archery lesson
- going on a sensory hike along the forest trails
Are you an educator? Do you know any teachers, administrators, educators, or 4-H group leaders who would be interested in partnering with Bellwether Farm? I’d love to talk to them! We’re currently booking field trips, overnight outings, and volunteer service opportunities for late summer and the 2019-2020 school year. Email Amy Melena