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

Land Stewardship: A Young Man and his Steers
Taller than his 14 years, and with long, loping steps Caleb enters the steers pen. Fire and Cracker, now large Holstein steers not yet 2 years old, greet him as always –with their long tongues searching out the texture and weave of his jacket; their deep dewy eyes following his every move. One can see a sudden transformation take place…

Land Stewardship News
Leaning on the Gate, February 2016 Hartsbrook Honeybees Today is Groundhog Day, otherwise known in the Christian tradition as Candlemas Day. Amongst many ancient observances of this mid point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, beeswax candles were brought to the local church to be blessed. On this day of unseasonable warmth and sunlight, I went to visit our…