Education

Mary’s Land Farm was created to produce healthy food raised responsibly.  A large part of that mission includes teaching others how to do the same or at least to make community members aware of the importance of such a mission.

We have the following educational activities.

Saturday Farm Tours – One Saturday every month from May to September at 10 am there is a tour of the farm that is suitable for adults and children alike.  We hook up the wagon and a farm employee or volunteer explains each of the major components of the farm.  The cost is $10 per adult or child and $30 per family.

Sunset Walks – Every two weeks in June, July, and August, Mary’s Land Farm hosts a Sunset Walk around the farm.  We provide local wine and cheese, and discuss aspects of ecosystem restoration present on our farm.  Walks last about 1.5 hours and are leisurely but informative.  Bring your walking shoes!  See the calendar for dates.

Field Trips – In these approximately 1.5 hour experiences for groups, we strive to give children of all ages an understanding of farm life, appreciation of nature, and the importance of respecting all living things.  Content can vary depending on the interests of the group.

Summer Camp – For 9 separate camp weeks every summer, the farm runs Mary’s Land Camp for 4-14 year olds.  Our main emphasis is hands-on, experiential learning.  The kids will interact with animals, get dirty in the garden, get wet in the stream on a hot summer afternoon, and be learning more than they realize while they’re having a blast.

Workshops – Whether you have questions about how to raise food responsibly, how to consume the food you’ve raised, or simply why it matters in the first place, our workshops can help answer your questions. We want you to experience first-hand what we do here, why we do it that way, how you can imitate our process at home, and how to use the products our farm offers.  Please see the calendar of events for weekday and weekend workshops.

Farm Festivals –  Twice a year we have a multi-day “pick-your-own” event with a few festival days giving a chance for local residents in the community to get to know our farm, its vendors, and other local merchants.

Cooking Classes – Secolari Cooking Classes are quite famous.  We combine great chefs, good food, and our famous Secolari Oils for an evening to remember.

Volunteer Society – Community members with interest ranging from enjoying a little fresh air and getting their hands in the dirt, to seriously considering starting a farm of their own and looking to get some experience, to a passion for some aspect of the farm and a desire to teach and share what they know, can all get together and get involved!

Apprenticeships – The apprenticeship program generally lasts approximately 6 months – May – November.  Each apprentice works under the supervision of a farm manager, be it livestock, vegetable production, orchards, culinary, or agritourism.  Basic on-site accommodations are available.  Applications are accepted Jan/Feb each year.

Junior Internship – This is a summer-long experience for high school students interested in immersing themselves in sustainable agriculture.  They will work hard in the hot sun, learn both intellectually and hands-on about sustainable agriculture, help teach the kids in the summer camp, and build friendships that last a lifetime.  After successfully completing the summer internship, they are prime candidates to be hired to work on the farm at the end of the summer and through the school year as needed.  This program does not run every summer.