School-to-Farm Programs and Field TripsEducation
The mission of our School-to-Farm program is to bring wisdom, joy, and connection to each other through regenerative agriculture education. We believe that promoting sustainable land practices through experiential education has the power to enhance communities both large and small.
Our farm programs provide a safe environment for children to spend the day while learning about ecology, food systems, and growing food. It is designed to provide students with authentic, hands-on experiences that build connection to the local environment, promote critical thinking, and cooperation among peers.
We provide opportunities for students to connect with nature, teach the benefits of local foods & healthy ecosystems, increase understanding of biodiversity in our region, and grow healthy food for our community using regenerative agricultural practices that benefit the land, waterways, wildlife and people of the Mad River Valley and beyond.
Living Tree Alliance offers farm field trips for schools in the area, with high-quality educators on our working farm.
We are grateful to have a working relationship with Harwood Union Middle and High School. With Living Tree Alliance being adjacent to the school through the woods, we are able to host regular educational classes and apprenticeships with the students and teachers. We also work with the community at large to grow produce for the Mad River Food Pantry. This is an exciting connection that we intend to foster for the long term.
Bring your class or community for an engaging experience! We are currently scheduling field trips for the spring season. We also have high school apprenticeships and volunteer opportunities available.
To schedule a School-to-Farm field trip or learn more about our offerings contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Farm camps include time in the garden harvesting and planting, preparing farm fresh food, harvesting and cooking wild foods, making herbal medicines and teas, swim time in the Mad River, nature crafts, and forest explorations.
We are currently scheduling visits to the farm for the spring and summer of 2024.
We also offer are three week-long summer farm camp programs for elementary aged children with our high quality staff, in addition to some opportunities for high school & middle school aged students. See the Camps Page for all the details.
Available School Field Trips
(adapted for age groups)
Hoop House and Season Extension
Celebrate the value of hoop houses in Vermont for season extension and winter production without fossil fuels. Students will explore the requirements for plant propagation and participate in an experiment that introduces them to the greenhouse effect. Classes will harvest, prepare, and enjoy a salad in the hoop house. Potential Assessments: HS.05.03, HS.05.04, HS.06.01, HS.06.02, HS.06.04, HS.09.06, HS.10.04, HS.10.07 (Availability: Sept-Nov & March-June)
Understanding Food Systems: Garden Planting / Maintenance / Harvest (SOCIAL SCIENCES)
Investigate the impacts of our global food system and explore a more sustainable approach to food security. Students will use text and dialogue to enhance their understandings of the cultural, economic, social, and environmental implications of local food systems. Farm activities may include the following: plant/maintain perennial beds, seed saving, harvest/prep/deliver produce for Harwood, etc. Potential Assessments: HS.05.02, HS.05.03, HS.05.04, HS.03.01, HS.03.03, HS.10.04, HS.10.07 (Availability: Sept-Nov & May-June)
Understanding Garden Systems: Planting / Maintenance / Harvest (STEM)
Design, plant, maintain, or harvest from the garden using systems-thinking approaches and permaculture principles. Students will have the opportunity to explore organic methods of maintaining a healthy farm ecosystem through activities that encourage experimentation, computation, and engineering. Potential Assessments: HS.06.01, HS.06.02,HS.06.03, HS.06.04, HS.06.06, HS.10.04, HS.10.07 (Availability: Sept-Nov & May-June)
Healthy Eating / Wellness
Explore the components of a well-balanced diet as your class harvests from the garden and prepares a healthy snack. Students will learn strategies to incorporate locally grown items from each food group into their diets in cost-effective ways. Mindfulness and gratitude practices will also be emphasized. Please note: this program is also offered as an in-class educational experience led by LTA staff. Potential Assessments: HS.09.03, HS.09.04, HS.09.05, HS.09.06, HS.10.04, HS.10.07 (Availability: Sept-Nov & March-June)
Apprenticeships / Job Shadows
We gladly offer job shadow and year-round apprenticeship opportunities for individual students interested in learning more about the homesteading arts. Apprenticeship topics could include garden design, planning, maintenance, planting, and harvesting, seed saving, trail maintenance, medicine making, building projects, and home-made crafts (such as candle dipping, baking, sprouting, etc).
Available Farm Camp Programs
(adapted for age groups)
Eating the Rainbow!
Explore the components of a well-balanced diet as your group harvests from the garden and prepares a healthy snack. Campers will learn strategies and benefits of incorporating locally grown foods and vegetables into their diets. We will harvest and learn about herbs and make fresh teas. Mindfulness and gratitude practices will also be emphasized.
Design, plant, maintain, or harvest from the garden. Campers will have the opportunity to explore organic methods of maintaining a healthy farm ecosystem through activities that encourage exploration, discovery, and hands on problem solving. Visit farm animals and learn how they add to a healthy farm ecosystem.
Community Connections: Server Learning Projects
Conservation in Action! A great addition to a program or an option for a stand-alone visit. Projects occur on Living Tree Alliance’s 91 acre homestead and can include perennial and annual plantings, woodlot management, planting perennial beds, or erosion prevention on the Mad River.
Forest Ecology Foray
Connect to the forest through sensory exploration and play. We’ll search for life in the forest and the river as we gain insight into the value and beauty of our natural world.
Plant a pollinator garden, learn how pollinators do their work, dissect flowers and meet the pollinators of LTA’s farm.