SFWS 3rd grade May 21-24, 2013
Last week the third grade spent four wonderful days in Round Valley, 60 minutes NE of Willits, CA. Every year the third grade visits Live Power Farm as a culmination of their four years in the garden and as part of their practical activities work. Live Power is a biodynamic farm run solely with horse, human and solar power. http://www.livepower.org
Gloria and Stephen Decater, the farmers and owners of Live Power, strive to ensure our students have days filled with important and meaningful farm work. The children participate in the morning and evening animal chores (feeding, moving, and milking) and during the day rotate through a series of farm tasks. These included harvesting dry corn, splitting wood, digging up fodder carrots, planting beans, weeding garlic, and washing burlap sacks.
In addition to these regular chores the children sheared a sheep, plowed behind the draft horses Pete and Laura, and frolicked in the near by river.
This trip is an important opportunity for the children to put their garden skills to work and sharpen their overall strength and stamina. On our last night the children performed parts of their Noah and the Flood play as a thank you to the apprentices and then we all enjoyed a bonfire and singing together.