Spring Equinox at the School Farm!

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!

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First veggie starts of the season!


HERE
is the first order form of the season.

Please submit this form by March 4th
so we have time to grow the starts:
bok choy, lettuce, spinach and kale!

They will be distributed late March, before spring break.
If that’s too soon, then get your garden ready during spring break
and we’ll have another distribution in mid-April!

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February at the School Farm


Read our February newsletter
HERE.

Here’s a slideshow of February activities at the School Farm!

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How do solar panels transform light to electricity at the School Farm?

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!

 

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Solar panels at the School Farm Outdoor Classroom!

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!

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January News and Veggie Starts Survey

To read the January Newsletter, click HERE

To support student farmers at home,
we’ll be growing veggie starts again this year!

If you would like to receive starts, please help us plan.
Click on the VEGGIES STARTS SURVEY HERE.

Last year, we distributed over 4000 starts! 
We want to make sure that every student can grow food to eat!

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Helping our student farmers plan their gardens at home

As we start planning for the new season, we’ve been teaching the students the essential elements to consider when planning their gardens at home.

We have 5 videos to share the basics of garden planning:

  • MAPPING YOUR GARDEN – Essential for planning and record keeping!
  • WHAT VEGGIES CAN I GROW?  Learn about our climate
  • WHEN CAN I PLANT FOR SUCCESS?  It’s all about season and days to maturity
  • HOW MANY CAN FIT IN THE SPACE?  Need to know the size at maturity of the veggies and how they grow
  • WHERE SHOULD THEY BE PLANTED?  Knowing your plant families so you can rotate your crops is essential

Click on the videos below, and send any questions to cpeterson@sw.wednet.edu

  

 

Enjoy planning your garden!

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Seeking an AmeriCorps Food and Farm Educator to join our team!

For the 2021 school year, the South Whidbey School District, in partnership with the South Whidbey School Farms Program and Whidbey Island Nourishes, is expanding its AmeriCorps team to help enrich the school district’s robust farm program and connect it to health and nutrition education.

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.

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Support the School Farms!

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.

Donate online
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!

Thank you!

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Outdoor learning at the School Farm is featured in the Seattle Times!

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.

Click HERE to read! 

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!

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