School to Farm
One primary aim as a community-first organization is to bring students closer to their roots, that is, in growing food and the natural environment that sustains us all. We want to provide real-world experiences to augment classroom learning, so our doors are always open for students looking to spend some time on the farm getting their hands dirty. We have valued relationships with local schools that make these connections possible.
Kearsarge Regional School District
We have a special place in our hearts for the Kearsarge Regional School District, as 5/6ths of the Food Hub's founding members graduated from KRHS. We are active within the school system, speaking at the high school's Career Day, hosting student volunteers, and helping the little ones get their hands dirty. We will be looking to grow and expand upon this school partnership in the future, seeking to help our youth grow up knowing the importance of restorative agriculture and healthy eating.
We are happily working with KRSD's Bradford Elementary School first graders on their Plants and Seeds science unit. It is so much fun providing these tots with tangible, sensory experiences that relate to what they are learning in the classroom about the life cycles of plants. We help them learn about and cultivate plants throughout, leading up to their very own farmers market for their end-of-the-year party, where they get to share with their school everything they have learned and grown throughout the year.
We are working toward the goal of crafting concrete and reproducible curriculums for school to farm programs at all levels. Teaching our children about growing food and the beauty and importance of nature is a priority for us as Hub members and community advocates. If this interests you, get in touch and perhaps we can work together!
We really enjoy having student volunteers come spend time on the farm, whether it be with a school program or on their own to fulfill community service requirements. We have so far worked with KRHS in North Sutton, John Stark High School in Henniker, and the Parker Academy in Concord. Get in touch to find out how you could lend a hand!
We have a valued relationship with Colby-Sawyer College on many levels, from working with the Applied Sustainable Agriculture class to pop-up farmer's markets in the school cafeteria. As with all our school to farm initiatives, we seek to augment classroom learning with real-world experience in the local agricultural system all along the supply chain, from growing to selling and eating local foods.
As with all our of efforts, our educational outreach is constantly developing as we become more aware of the needs of our community. For us, we still feel like we are learning so much and therefore its somewhat difficult to outline exactly what we can confidently set out to teach others. We welcome anyone to our market, to our farm, to our hub headquarters to see what it is we are trying to do, and we will leave it up to you to decide what you can learn from our operations. In this sense, the transparency and inclusiveness of our organization is our greatest teaching tool!