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 cafeteria. This is an exciting connection that we intend to foster for the long term.
We are currently scheduling field trips for the fall, sugaring, and spring season. We also have high school apprenticeships available. To schedule a School-to-Farm Field trip contact Sephirah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Living Tree Alliance hosts week long or 3 day farm camps for local communities.
The farm is a great place to explore and learn during the summer days.
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 farm camps for the summer of 2020. For more information reach out to email@example.com
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).