Students may decide that they want to take a class in a particular subject be it a typical academic one like chemistry, Spanish, or English Literature, or less conventional, such as learning about traditional healing herbs, or woodworking.. In such cases they may arrange for a staff member to teach the subject or the staff may help them find a teacher or mentor from the broader community. There are also many online resources that may be used to learn a wide variety of specialized subjects.
Students may also offer to teach classes to other students and staff. And teaching is often the best way to learn a subject very well!
While we are committed to self directed learning and allowing students freedom to choose what and how they will learn, the context and permaculture ethos of the farm ensure that that will be a wide variety of enriching activities taking place throughout the year.
Here is a partial list
fall: harvest and seed saving, food storage and preservation (nutrition and chemistry), structure building (carpentry, natural building with clay, sand and straw), earthworks (swale construction), small animal processing (anatomy), charcuterie, soil biology and chemistry (and microscope optics), making compost and compost tea, nature hikes
winter: fiber arts, holiday crafts and entrepreneurship, maple syrup, rocket stoves (thermal physics), soap making (chemistry), musical instruments (physics of music), astronomy (and telescope optics), beehive construction (carpentry, geometry), the winter garden and greenhouse (thermodynamics and botany), herbal apothecary (salves and tinctures), candle making, cross country skiing and snow-showing, building snow shelters (architecture, structural engineering)
spring: mushroom inoculation, foraging (botany), water management, edible forest design, tree planting, garden planning, hugelkultur construction, soil biology and chemistry (and microscope optics), seed starting, goat kidding and sheep lambing, milking and cheese making (microbiology)