THE FARM SCHOOL LEARNING COMMUNITY
The Farm School is integrated within a vibrant learning community. Families have access to join a parent-companion group, and are invited to attend regular parent gatherings. At the culmination of each Learning Phase, Farm School parents, extended family, friends, and Farm Team members are invited to partake in The Farm School students’ Gallery Walk. Here, Farm School students shine as they share their learnings, and showcase their newfound knowledge and personal growth.
THE FARM SCHOOL RHYTHM & REQUIREMENTS
The Farm School students learn together on the farm Monday – Thursday from 8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., for a total of 145 school days, comprising the 2024/2025 school year (August-June). To meet state homeschooling requirements, families are responsible for supplementing their child’s Farm School education with 30 additional days of learning. The Farm School is not an accredited school, and at this time, cannot accommodate students with special needs who require additional support. Our goal is to work in partnership with you, the parents, on the holistic development of your child. Only families who can commit to the complete 2024/2025 school year, and partnering in the homeschooling responsibilities, should inquire.
SHAWNA SNOW, LEAD FARM SCHOOL EDUCATOR
Shawna is an educator by profession, a mastermind of ideas since birth, and a creator of experiences by passion. She’s been training and leading others into adventures and growth experiences for the past 25 years with the aim of seeing others grow and flourish so that they are more capable of helping others. She desires to be part of a world where everyone plays an active role.
She began as a volunteer during college working with children at her church, then became a middle school science teacher before moving to The Netherlands. She founded Reckoning, an Amsterdam based NGO in 2007, which has trained and equipped hundreds of students in the areas of personal leadership, entrepreneurship, and sustainable community development in farming and agriculture both in The Netherlands and in South Africa. Reckoning was awarded Most Innovative Social Transformation Initiative – North Holland & Best Art Education Workshop Provider – North Holland in 2017.
To help others grow and flourish, she’s acquired many great tools over the years. She has a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Global Urban Leadership where she was trained and certified as a Professional Facilitator as well as certified in the foundations of Positive Psychology from Penn State University and a certification with the Arbinger Institute NL, not to mention the handy tools and resources from teaching and training others over the past 25 years. She has authored a book, and co-authored a personal leadership training workbook, ‘Creating a Playground for C.L.A.S.S.(character, leadership and social skills)’. The workbook was used to train children in character education and personal leadership using art-making and play. The Farm school will bring out her personal love for nature with the opportunity to weave learning and growing within the context of the natural world.
HEIDI TUNGSETH, FARM SCHOOL EDUCATOR
Heidi has been teaching in some capacity throughout her adult life, ranging from preschool to adult ESL and everything in between. She holds a Masters of Education and taught K-12 Visual Art in the public school system in MN before moving to Los Angeles to freelance across the arts, piano teaching and academic tutoring. When the pandemic hit, she built out a van to move across the country to work on a regenerative farm in Vermont. Heidi has volunteered in various countries around the world.