One of the most treasured elements of the Sacramento Waldorf School campus is its three-and-a-half-acre farm, a peaceful retreat overlooking the San Juan Rapids of the American River. This mixed-use biodynamic farm has several animals (including a cow, sheep, llama, pigs, dog, cats, ducks and chickens), vegetables and fruits, flowers and a native plant garden, all of which are biodynamically tended to by an on-site, resident farmer, Stephen Payne - otherwise known as "Farmer Steve" to our children - and his family.
The farm is integral to the curriculum of the Lower School. From taking walks to the farm in the Parent/Child program and Kindergarten, to focusing on all stages in the food chain - planting, harvesting, cooking, composting - in third grade, to actively caring for the farm animals in fourth grade, to selling the farm produce to the community in sixth grade, students throughout the Lower School are intimately involved with the farm and the cycles of nature.
Reflecting the central importance of the farm to our community and our School's enduring commitment to nurturing our students through nature, the farm was the first part of the campus to be developed when SWS moved to its present location. In an era when children are becoming less and less engaged with the natural environment, our farm is indeed a peaceful haven and a jewel at the heart of our campus's community life.
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