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Review for Farm Discovery at Live Earth, Watsonville, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

The Adolescent Community of Santa Cruz Montessori, Wavecrest, has been visiting Live Earth Farm one day a week for the last three years. The students are guided through four work projects at the farm: art, farm economy, field studies, and health and wellness. The owners, education coordinator, interns, and staff work together to make the lessons and work meaningful for the students; as Maria Montessori called it, the students work with both the "head and the hand". They are also engaged in "real work", which effects their school community as well as the farm as a whole and discover their roles in the social organization as a result. They are brought closer to their food source and examine ethical principles behind farming in general. They also learn economic independence as they sell products at a school farm stand after their day at the farm. Wavecrest is one of the many groups that are now visiting the farm through LEFDP. The education coordinator, Jessica Ridgeway, has reached out to schools in the Watsonville area and raised funds to bring in those students whose schools do not have funding to engage in such a program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing the way our students have become stewards of the Earth, conscientious about their food choices, have identified their roles within the social organization, and also realized the strength in their developing bodies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I serve on the Board and also am the project coordinator for our school to farm program.