A Day at The Farm School

In 2013, 2,600 kids and 100 teachers from 42 schools come for multi-day programs at The Farm School fanned out over the year.  15 adult students complete the Learn to Farm Program at Maggie’s in September and another 15 begin their year in October.  8 Local middle school students are embedded in the middle of it all at the Chicken Coop School.  Here is one day.  July 17, 2013.  Chosen randomly, it could be anyway.  But, of course, it is particular, made up of particular moments.  The sun rises at 5:26 and sets at 8:23.  Clear and calm and it’s hot, climbing to 94 degrees by mid-afternoon.  Dina and I strapped on our cameras to document the day.

Right: “Here it is very silent” — 6:24 AM Home garden, Maggie’s Farm

 

"It is hard work but it makes me feel like I'm contributing something to the world."

“It is hard work but it makes me feel like I’m contributing something to the world.” — 6:42 East of the cow barn, Sentinel Elm Farm

 

"I love the open spaces and having a long view of the sunrise." -- Road from Maggie's Farm to Sentinel Elm Farm

“I love the open spaces and having a long view of the sunrise.” — 6:55 AM Road from Maggie’s Farm to Sentinel Elm Farm

 

"I'm going to remember the green a lot.  All the skies, trees and space." -- Behind the bunkhouse, Sentinel Elm Farm

“I’m going to remember the green a lot. All the skies, trees and space.” — 8:37 AM Behind the bunkhouse, Sentinel Elm Farm

 

"This place lets me be free." -- Horse Barn, Sentinel Elm Farm

“This place lets me be free.” — 9:04 AM Horse Barn, Sentinel Elm Farm

 

"I love picking my food.  I eat vegetables at home, if I must." -- Chicken Coop lawn, Maggie's Farm.

“I love picking my food. I eat vegetables at home, if I must.” — 10:16 AM Chicken Coop lawn, Maggie’s Farm.

 

"I never knew stacking hay was a thing, actually.  For me, it's the real farm experience." Cow barn, Sentinel Elm.

“I never knew stacking hay was a thing, actually. For me, it’s the real farm experience.” — 11:42 AM Cow barn, Sentinel Elm.

 

"My backyard is straight concrete.  There are just two patches of grass in the front." -- Laurel Lake, Warwick

“My backyard is straight concrete. There are just two patches of grass in the front.” — 1:06 PM Laurel Lake, Warwick

 

It was hard to wrap my head around how much hay was in that field.  It was a stepping up moment, 'Okay, this is our job.'  -- 3:22 PM John Moore's southwest field, Orange.

It was hard to wrap my head around how much hay was in that field. It was a stepping up moment, ‘Okay, this is our job.’ — 3:22 PM John Moore’s southwest field, Orange.

 

Whenever it happens, haying is the most important thing to be doing - anywhere. It is thrilling.  You're consumed.  You're covered in hay. You eat hay.  Then when you're done, that's also a form of heaven." -- 4:16 PM John Moore's southwest field, Orange

Whenever it happens, haying is the most important thing to be doing – anywhere. It is thrilling. You’re consumed. You’re covered in hay. You eat hay. Then when you’re done, that’s also a form of heaven.” — 4:16 PM John Moore’s southwest field, Orange

 

"I'm grateful for hard work and to have friends to help carry me through and share the moment.  And at the end of a long day, it is so nice to have the five minutes it takes to fill up the cow water - all you have to do is wait and watch the cows out on their new grass." -- 4:45 PM South Waslaske Field, Maggie's Farm.

“I’m grateful for hard work and to have friends to help carry me through and share the moment. And at the end of a long day, it is so nice to have the five minutes it takes to fill up the cow water – all you have to do is wait and watch the cows out on their new grass.” — 4:45 PM South Waslaske Field, Maggie’s Farm.

 

"Once you're here you forget about all about the city." -- 6:21 PM Sentinel Elm lunch tent.

“Once you’re here you forget about all about the city.” — 6:21 PM Sentinel Elm lunch tent.

 

"And the day passes so fast." -- 7:55 PM Bunkhouse lawn, Sentinel Elm

“And the day passes so fast.” — 7:55 PM Bunkhouse lawn, Sentinel Elm

 

 

 

 

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