The plants are loving the light, and the students are loving being back at the farm!
Outside students have planted peas, radishes and potatoes.
The first graders explored and discussed the watershed with a water table kit! We talked about what makes up a watershed, from houses to farms to factories– and discovered what happens to waste, fertilizers, and chemicals after they are used. Everything flows into the water cycle!
Second and third graders have been learning about soils – including erosion, soil structure, perc tests and soil types, both farm, forest and wetland.
Stay tuned for our new worm bin! Our 7 year-old bin needs replacing but first we had to empty it and dig it out!
So much is happening both at the Elementary School Farm and the High School Gardens…here’s a slideshow with more photos!
How do solar panels work, and how are they installed? This short video, made for our science classes, shares how!
Jean Cravy, Grade 3 – 6 science teacher at the South Whidbey Academy, made a worksheet for her class HERE, based on the video. Next lesson will be calculating the kilowatts used by our grow lights, and comparing it to the kilowatts our solar panels are generating. Stay tuned!
Thanks to our generous donors, and Whidbey Sun and Wind, we now have solar panels on the School Farm Outdoor Classroom! We are generating the electricity that we use to grow thousands of veggies starts for the school farms and our school families in their home gardens. Stay tuned for more in-depth details of the installation and how it works, but we wanted to share the good news with this short video!
Our School Farm CAFE (Culinary Arts and Farm Education) program is seeking one AmeriCorps Food and Farm Educator who is an enthusiastic, energetic and capable individual with experience growing food, and who loves working with kids, teaching, and cooking. For applicants interested in this position with South Whidbey School Farms click here.
Give generously so the student farmers can keep growing and learning!
In this video, we share what we’ve been doing during the pandemic
~ teaching students both at the school farm and remotely,
~ increasing production for the school lunches, culinary classes, and those in need,
~ and supporting student farmers and their families in growing their own gardens.
We need community support to accomplish all this!
The School Farm AmeriCorps service members,
assistant farm manager and culinary educator
are all essential to the program and are funded by your contributions to
Readiness To Learn, the school farm’s non-profit partner.
Donateonline or send a check to
Readiness To Learn, School Farm Program
PO Box 280, Langley, WA 98260 with School Farms in the memo line
We so appreciate your tax-deductible donation
to fund curriculum support, culinary classes, and production farming
that educates the students and nourishes them with nutritious food.
The school farm and culinary program are a lifeline to the
outdoor education and healthy eating so needed during this pandemic!
From laptop screens to runner beans… The School Farm is featured in an article in the Seattle Times — “How a Whidbey Island school district is using its beloved farm to bring students back to in-person learning.” — written by Joy Resmovits, Education Reporter.
Seattle Times photographer Mike Siegel took this photo of students taking down the bean tunnel. You can see more of his photos by clicking on the right hand side arrow when you go to the article.
Much appreciation and gratitude goes to all the donors, volunteers, staff and teachers who have helped create the School Farm over the years, and to the South Whidbey School District for their vision and support of outdoor learning and good eating!