This week marks the start of our first Journey of Discovery in the 2019-2020 school year. Given the time of the year and our location, we decided to explore Farming.
As is the case with every Journey, we begin with a week of Discovery. During this week, we work as a school community to gain a base of knowledge for our chosen topic. Ideally, this week includes real world experiences, allowing us to make connections to and form questions about the topic. With Meadowstone Farm outside our door, we have had the good fortune to spend each day this week with a different farmer, learning about his or her area of expertise.
As we followed farmers through fields, pastures, gardens, greenhouses, barns and hives, we learned about the many facets of Meadowstone.
Farmer Tim introduced us to the cycle of food and energy and showed us the growth happening around the farm.
Farmer Renee lead us through meadows and barns and taught us about the care and keeping of animals on the farm.
Farmer Sam took us to the farm hives to highlight the hardest workers on the farm… the bees!
Through these introductions and experiences our students are beginning to gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of natural systems and making connections to locally grown food.