The Hartsbrook School

Land Stewardship Program

LandStewardThe Hartsbrook School’s Land Stewardship Program gives students a chance to participate in an active farm and garden environment that combines the many varied components of working with the soil, plants, and animals. The program enables learning to take place in a meaningful way and to provide a practical foundation for the study of the human being in relation to nature.

Our program provides students with the opportunity to more fully integrate their education through a hands-on approach to the curriculum throughout the elementary and high-school years. Whether students are working in the farm garden or with the animals, such experiences (which will range from the subtlest of observations to the broadest of experiences), help nurture a growing understanding of the natural world and the part the students play within it.

LandSteward2Through observations of the natural world as seen in a farm landscape, through participating in meaningful work that helps instill a sense of responsibility and cultivates a work ethic, through developing a heartfelt and informed relationship to the art and science of agriculture, students are provided the tools that enable them to become caring stewards of the earth.

For more information, please download our Land Stewardship Curriculum.



See Also

Rachel Kennedy, Hartsbrook Forest Kindergarten Teacher, “My Path to the Forest” (Renewal Magazine, Fall/Winter 2014)

Hartsbrook School to Launch ‘Forest Classroom’ to Integrate Play, Nature and Learning (Springfield Republican, April 16, 2014)

Vacation Farm Camp in Hadley Fosters Relationship with Nature (Springfield Republican, April 22, 2014)

From the Hartsbrook Blog — Land Stewardship

A Tribute to Our Oxen and Caleb
Thank you Fire and Cracker, for all the many ways that you joined not only Caleb but all of us on a journey of learning; for greeting each and every one of us at the fence-line with rapt attention and the chance to scratch you both under the chin; for bellowing a “Farewell” as you watched us walk away —…

Spring Life
With heels kicked high into the air, Shanti, our Jersey heifer calf headed out with her mother into their new pasture, ever more green with each passing shower and warm sunny day. She pretended, alongside Daffodil, to inspect the grass but quickly gave that up for the thrill of racing as far and as fast as she could, testing the…

Life in the Forest Kindergarten
Life in the Forest Kindergarten is full of the sounds and smells of Spring. The purposeful vitality of the children is matched only by the sap rising in the trees and the birdsong filling the branches. In the Forest we experience each season with the whole of our being. Now that the sun has warmed and softened the earth, and…

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