In order for our children to pursue their own, unique paths, as educators we must:
- Provide a safe, nurturing, structured environment.
- Cultivate students' innate curiosities, gifts, and passions.
- Expose our students to the great potentials of life.
- Prepare our students to walk the path of their choice.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe... that the purpose of educators is to guide our students on a path toward a deeply fulfilling adulthood while they thoroughly enjoy childhood.
We believe... that qualities of character and practical skills are equally as, if not more, important for our children than facts and figures.
We believe... that much of what's missing in American culture today can be found on the farm.
A Warm Bed, A Full Plate, A Joyful Heart
During the early years our goal is to guide each student to develop the self-confidence required for exploration and experimentation. We do this first by maintaining a safe, nurturing, and structured environment. From there we provide ample opportunity for exploration. Then we slowly teach that bumps, bruises, and hang-ups are just part of the journey. This is a critical time for social development, which is only aided by the exploration process.
As our students transition into a new developmental stage, so too does their time on the farm. Armed with nurtured curiosity and blossoming self-control, students spend an increasing amount of their time helping operate the myriad components of the school and farm. As students learn that a poor or unexpected result is not the end of the line, our two primary roles as educators become exposing them to as much of the world's wonder as possible and promoting general knowledge, skills, and qualities of character. These years are spent interacting with both older and younger students in an ever-increasing role of responsibility and personal insight.
From here the path diverges. Students begin to hone down their interests to a select few -- some more rapidly than others. As that happens, the dual roles of the educator become guiding the student in the development of a clear path and facilitating the now more specialized education.
At some point, the student will have exhausted that which the school has to offer. That marks the beginning of the path for which student and teacher have prepared.
This process is undertaken all while the student is practicing to provide his/her own basic needs: a warm bed, a full plate, and a joyful heart.