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'Round the Year on the Farm - A Sample Program

'Round the Year on the Farm - A Sample Program

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Published by Eric Fairman
This program was created for a proposed Steiner-Waldorf inspired 'farm centered' educational project. Written by Eric Fairman.
This program was created for a proposed Steiner-Waldorf inspired 'farm centered' educational project. Written by Eric Fairman.

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Published by: Eric Fairman on May 15, 2011
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ON THE

FARM
A Sample Programme

Preparing the Earth for Rest
September/October/November
Science (Environmental) Health and Nutrition What is the difference between Agriculture and Horticulture? The farming cycle – the weather – organic/in-organic farming Fruit harvest – apples - pears Wild fruits (blackberries, hips/haws, sloes, nuts) Jam/preserves – etc Leaf collection and ‘rubbings’– apple ‘star’ stamps Preparing the bee hive for winter – honey harvest – the role of the bee Medicinal value of honey – honey as a food Candle making – rolled an/or dipped What to compost – what is ‘humus’ – manure/dung Collecting organic matter - mulching – compost heaps Composting at school: The ‘worm farm’ concept The grains (wheat, barley, oats and rye) Seasonal baking: harvest loaf - honey cake Building a shelter (Succah) Festivals: Season: Autumn Equinox Michaelmas (29 Sep) Rosh Hashonnah Sukkoth World Animal Day (4 Oct) Apple Day (21 Oct) Hallowe’en (31 Oct) National Tree Week (21 Nov)

Art Science (Insectology) Health/Nutrition Craft Science (Environmental)

Health and Nutrition Science (Physics)

Whilst the Earth Sleeps
December/January/February
Science (Soil) What is Soil? – Rock/slate/clay/silt/sand/loam Which soil is the ‘best’ for the farmer – which holds water the longest Planting seeds in sand, clay and loam. (for classroom experiment) Ploughing and tilling the soil Trees/hedges - Pruning – hedge cutting/laying Hannukah Art Science/Nutrition Creating a ‘staff’ – whittling Advent Animal husbandry – caring for cattle in cold weather - lambing Dairy cows - milk production – Milk ‘separator’ – cream - Cornish cream - butter making butter milk – cottage cheese and of course: ice-cream! The milking machine – farm machinery – maintenance – bio-fuels Chinese New Year Citizenship (Culture) Science (Physics) Health and Nutrition Threshing Time – farming history Plough Monday Grinding wheat – mortar/pestle – hand-mill – Huby mill Pancake Day Health/Nutrition – grains (wheat/oast/barley/rye) seasonal baking Purim Christmas Yule New Year Science (Physics) Festivals Season: Winter Winter Solstice

Science (Botany)

Health/Nutrition

The Earth Awakes!
March/April/May
Science (Plant Biology) Citizenship (Culture) Spring sowing – identifying grains (oats and barley) – winter wheat The blackthorn clock: ‘When the blackthorn blossoms white, sow the barley day and night’ and other Country Wisdom!! Growth Forces – new grass – how it can be bad for cattle Preparing for – silage – haylage – hay crops Chickens and Ducks – collecting eggs – hatching chicks Painting/coloring/decorating eggs – make a scarecrow Preparing the soil for crops – applying compost and manure Preparing seed trays for ‘bringing on’ young plants The cloche and green/hot-house - crops to plant out in the garden The herb garden and wild blossoms for delicious drinks (linden/elder) A school permaculture garden Constructing ‘pole pyramids’ for runner beans Wire netting for peas Seasonal baking Festivals: Season: Spring St. Patrick’s Day Equinox Pancake Day Easter St George’s Day Passover Baisakhi May Day

Science (Plant biology) Science (Zoology) Craft Science (soil) Science (plant biology)

Science/Math

Health and Nutrition

The Earth Lives!
June/July/August
Science (Environment) Craft Science (Plant Biology) Sheep shearing – protection against ‘flies’ – trimming hooves Care of cattle during the summer Wool: Carding – spinning – weaving - dyeing Caring for the plants – weeding Identifying wild flowers Plant rotation Safe edible food in the wild! Herbs and their uses Seasonal baking Haymaking and harvesting – history of machinery within living memory – The Agricultural/Horticultural Show Using the Fruits of the Earth – recipes – baking Food chains – habitats – Sustainable future for our Earth Carbon emissions - Bio-fuels – Bio-energy from the elements earth/air/fire/water Summer Solstice St. John’s Festival Festivals: Season: Summer

Health/Nutrition

Citizenship (Culture) Health and Nutrition Science (Enviroment)

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