Both Amy and I are very excited for the summer education season to officially start. I will be heading up the Green Power (GP) program that involves participants entering the 6th through 9th grades in the process of community farming at the fields on Merriam Street. Amy is leading our newest program, Farm & Forest Explorers (FFE) at the 40-acre farm that will get participants entering the 4th and 5th grades excited about and feeling comfortable on the farm, in the forests, and in other ecosystems through nature-based activities and small scale farming.
Since the beginning of the year, we have been planning our curriculums, putting our plants into the ground, and readying our projects. One of our most exciting projects will utilize the chickens pictured below. Both the GP and FFE participants will care for the chickens throughout the summer learning about animal husbandry, rotational grazing and egg production.
The other project will be the donation of kid grown food to area food banks. Last year the GP participants grew over 3,000 pounds of food that was directly delivered to needy individuals and families at the Walnut Street Co-op in Brookline, MA. This year with the help of help of the FFE participants I am sure we can top last year’s number.
Casey Townsend, Education Director
To register for these programs, please visit http://www.landssake.org/education/greenpower/registration