The SAS Farm
Afternoons will find SAS students working away on the SAS Farm. On the Farm, students with interests in agriculture, gardening, and sustainable living get the opportunity to put their interests into practice. The afternoon program is a labor intensive opportunity for students to dig in and gain an understanding of the environmental importance of biodynamic land practices.
Students learn basic gardening practices such as preparing the soil, planting, transplanting, pruning, weeding, and the proper use of tools. These basic gardening practices give the students a deeper understanding of how to nourish the soil and treat it as a precious natural resource.
The focus of the SAS Farm Program is understanding sustainability. Sustainable land practices include hand tilling, focus on soil quality improvement, the use of crop rotation, inter-planting cover crops, and the use of companion planting to create a sustaining ecosystem.
Students gain the skills to create a food system without the use of chemical pesticides and find more environmentally sound ways to deal with challenges we face in the field. No prior experience is required, but students who participate generally have an interest in organic gardening, environmental studies/conservation, seed-to-plate practices, or botany.
In Fall 2015 the SAS Farm provided the following to the school's dining hall:
- butternut squash
- lemon basil
- lettuces, variety
- peppers, assorted
- yellow squash
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