The EK/HS class just spent four days camping at Green Oaks Creek Farm in beautiful Pescadero on the San Mateo Coast. Going to the farm is an integral part of the ErdKinder program, and although the work is very hard, it is very rewarding.
Montessori believed that the best place for an adolescent to live during these formative years was on a farm, working alongside adults. Our relationship with the farmers at Green Oaks Creek makes it possible to give our students an authentic Montessori experience, developing their practical life skills and allowing them to problem-solve independently while living away from parents for a short time. The work this year was hot, dusty and tiring, but we also had LOTS of fun!
Our first job was to shop for basic food items to supplement the wonderful produce that we would be able to harvest right from the fields.
|At Safeway in Half Moon Bay. Everyone had to hunt down items from our shopping list.|
|Looking from our campsite to the farmhouse|
|Making breakfast - bacon is always a favorite|
|Helping prepare breakfast|
|Our tents. It was so windy, one almost blew away!|
|Evening meal together after a hard day's work|
|Happy, well-fed students|
|We pruned a lot of bushes in the ornamental garden|
|Trimming, weeding and pruning|
|Heading to the farmhouse in the morning to get our work duty for the day|
|Teachers work too! Weeding broccoli rows|
|Beautiful, fresh carrots for lunch - straight from the earth|
|The table is set for dinner|
|Typical dinner - vegetable pilaf with wilted rainbow chard|
|S'mores at the campfire on our last evening|
|On the way home - we stop for pizza in Pescadero|