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Impact of Farm Program Reaches Beyond MCS

Impact of Farm Program Reaches Beyond MCS

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cow at the MCS FarmThis week and next the MCS Farm will be hosting third-grade students from Little Red Elizabeth Irwin School (LREI). This long-standing relationship with LREI began more than 25 years ago and enables MCS to continue its commitment to educational outreach. The farm-based educational program that the LREI students will be involved in is very similar to what MCS students experience when at the Farm. The key difference is MCS students spend 17 weeks at the Farm while LREI students spend only one.

As a private school with a public mission, the MCS Farm also hosts a number of other independent and public schools throughout the school year. Among them are Children’s Workshop School, The Town School, Bronx Community Charter School and Collegiate School. Local Catskill Mountain students from Margaretville Central and Roxbury Central schools make day trips to the Farm. In the past, the Farm has also provided farm-based educational programs for Bronxville Elementary School, Friends Seminary, The Earth School and Community Roots Charter.

The rental of the Farm program is a source of revenue for the Farm. The money charged to visiting schools is used to meet the Farm’s operating budget.

MCS students, who spend many weeks at the Farm, graduate as informed citizens with experience in farm work, textile work and cooking; an understanding of nature; and knowledge of sustainability issues. Similarly, future decisions of students from other schools who spend only a week at the MCS Farm are informed by a very special time spent at a very special place.