A Future of Farmers? Schooling in the Classroom and On the Land
Today’s Local First Arizona member spotlight is on the Desert Marigold School:
As more of us move toward a more sustainable way of living like raising chickens in our CenPho backyard or starting a veggie garden, the desire to give our children a taste of rural life can become more prevalent. Instead of moving to the middle of nowhere and resuming the role of city slicker, Desert Marigold School in Phoenix has created a dynamic experience for children. This Waldorf-inspired school has a farm with goats, sheep, a pig and chickens, as well as agricultural classes complete with a biodynamic pond and garden that allows the school to offer a CSA to families. The 12-acre campus at the foot of South Mountain offers K-12 programs, which follow the Waldorf teaching methodology. The Animal Care program is an integral part of Waldorf teaching methods, reinforcing the intrinsic value of animals on the quality of life. To learn more about Desert Marigold and their Animal Care program, visit their website at arizonawaldorf.org.