6-7s Building Study: Progressive Education

Dispatches From the Farm

Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2019
When one is planting a garden from seed, there is a host of information on each seed packet. Days to germination, days to maturity, nutrition needs, ideal soil temperature and amount of needed daily sunlight. When growing mushrooms, there are guides for the various varieties. What species of tree is the best host, amount of watering and shade, but the timing of harvest is often unknown. Students at the Manhattan Country School Farm have been growing edible mushrooms for five years. They’ve...
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2019
The Manhattan Country School 5th grade visited both Hanford Mills Museum and the New York Power Authority Visitors Center, tying to their study of energy later in the school year. Hanford Mills is a “living history” museum that provides a glimpse into the life of people living and working in the Catskill Mountain region in the mid-1800’s. An operating mill site since 1846, for most of its commercial life Hanford Mills was owned and operated by the family of David Josiah Hanford, who purchased...
Posted on Saturday, June 8, 2019
This week, as a crowd of anxious parents filled the sidewalk of 85th street, MCS 7-8s loaded the bus for their first trip to the MCS Farm. Prior to their trip, Farm Director John McDaniel visited with the students and asked them what they think happens at the farm. Comments included "We get to cook," "there are bunk beds," "there's a sewing thing" and "we can't shower." After two nights at the farm, students found that the farm exceeded their expectations! The 7-8's first Farm trip is...
Posted on Friday, January 25, 2019
There are times at the Manhattan Country School Farm where we live in an agricultural bubble. 100% of the agricultural harvests are either consumed or utilized at the MCS Farm in Roxbury, NY or at meals on 85th Street. Our number one “product” is education -- educated and informed children, as such, we are somewhat shielded from the political landscape of farming. However our seventh and eighth grade students have been taking a deep dive into a political issue that has great bearing on the New...
Posted on Friday, January 25, 2019
In early December, the Manhattan Country School Farm was notified that we were awarded a grant from the Whole Kids Foundation and their partner The Bee Cause Project. The Whole Kids Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Whole Foods, offered a monetary grant or beekeeping equipment to schools and non-profit organizations. In our application, we opted for the $1500 monetary grant to expand our existing honey bee program which you can read about here. On Tuesday, January 22, a delivery truck...

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