As part of their Waldorf education, Suncoast Waldorf School students are instilled with an appreciation for and connection with the land. In a modern society where much of the food we consume comes to us through a store and many young children cannot identify most fruits and vegetables, this is becoming increasingly important. This reverence for the land and all it gives to us starts early in Waldorf schools.
In our kindergarten, children help prepare and then eat whole grains and organic fruits and vegetables. In the 1st and 2nd grades, children begin nature studies with activities in and out of the classroom. In the 3rd grade, students study the art of farming – the soil, seeds, tools, and all of the work involved. Traditionally, 3rd grade students will go on their ‘Farm Trip’ and stay for a week at a nearby farm working alongside local farmers.
Both of our Kindergarten classes along with our 2nd and 3rd grades took a day trip to Sweetfields Farm in Masaryktown, FL. This small farm is family-owned and committed to organic farming practices. It was a delightful day out for our students and many of their parents. Children learned about the importance of bees and got to see an active hive close up. Teamwork was paramount in navigating through the 5-acre sunflower maze. There was so much to do and the children enjoyed all of it from the hayrides to the water pumps. They got to meet many animals including the dairy cow and chickens. The pig racing was a highlight for many of the children.
Most students ended their day by picking vegetables to take home including cucumbers, squash, green beans and blackberries. Students went home with a new appreciation for the earth and farming along with sweet memories and a bounty of delicious fruits and vegetables. Please click here to see more photos from the trip in our Facebook album.