Earth School to Farm
Earth School-to-Farm programs educate youth from high needs school districts on the origins of food, health and nutrition, and sustainable living practices. Participating students have the chance to learn about the relationship between farm animals and sustainable agriculture. They not only bring their vegetables from field to plate, but also have the chance to discover the role that animals play in the living systems of a farm.
The programs are held outdoors and on sustainable farms and include a wide range of hands-on activities aimed at developing children’s understanding of nature. As the children learn about sustainable farming and healthy food, they also learn about the natural systems in which the farms are embedded.
Our programs span several months, with visits spaced out over the seasons and children split into small groups for more comprehensive learning.
Currently, we offer free annual programs to three groups: At-risk teens and refugees living in Cardinal McCloskey’s Hayden House, a shelter for abused teens in Ossining, NY; low-income pre-schoolers attending the Ossining Children’s Center, also in Ossining, NY; and to 1st and 2nd graders from the Promise Academy II of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a project offering comprehensive educational, health and social services for children and their families, and aimed at overcoming the poverty that has persisted across multiple generations in New York City’s Harlem.
Learn more about Earth School to Farm:
Click here to read a recent blog post about our newest program working with refugee youth from Central America.
Thank you to our supporters!
In addition to all the generous individuals who have donated in support of these programs, we'd like to add extra special thanks to those who give generously of their time and services to make Earth School-to-Farm programs so successful:
Glynwood Farm (www.glynwood.org)
The teachers, students, and administrators at the Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academy II (www.hczpromiseacademy.org)
Our deepest thanks also go to the local foundations who support our Earth School-to-Farm programs:
- Eileen Fisher Community Partnership
- The Alpern Family Foundation
- Child Advocacy 360
- The Jack DeVito Foundation
- The Dannon Company
- Captain Planet Foundation
- Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation
And others who prefer to remain anonymous.
For information about Earth School to Farm programs, please contact Barbara Sarbin: email@example.com or call 914-217-9249.