The Ecolibrium3 Urban Farm is not just a place to grow vegetables. One of the main purposes of the Farm is as a place for people to connect to their environment and community through learning about urban agriculture. When we know where our food comes from we are more likely to eat healthy. Learning about how our food grows can also support local farmers and help us learn how to choose food that is grown sustainably. As summer begins, we have been finding lots of ways to share information about food and farming!
In early May, we participated in the Stowe Elementary Environmental Fair. Our farm staff prepared a lesson about compost. The lesson was about our favorite squirmy farm workers— earthworms. Students learned about how worms turn dirt into soil, and what can and cannot be composted. They even got to touch the worms! We were very happy to work with the amazing Stowe Elementary staff and students.
Later in May, we had our very first Farm to School day. Seventh grade students from Lincoln Park Middle School spent a day at the Farm in the fresh air. They learned about many topics, including composting, pollination, and sustainable farming. They planted potatoes, hiked the nature trail, and learned about Lake Superior College. They also painted smooth rocks from the shore of Lake Superior. Students are encouraged to bring their families back to the Farm this summer and try to find the rock they painted.
We have also had visitors from Denfeld High School and Harbor City International School, helping with planting and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
To help us with all this learning and teaching, we have welcomed a new year-long AmeriCorps VISTA member. Her name is Nora, and she is the Urban Farm Educator and Outreach VISTA. Nora makes it fun to learn about plants and the environment!
To meet Nora, see the beautiful painted rocks, learn about composting, and more, come to the Farm! Every weekend this summer we are hosting Saturdays at the Farm. From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, everyone is welcome to stop by. There is lots to do, including family-forward activities from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. You do not need to register, just come whenever you want!
When you come to Saturdays at the Farm, please bring sun protection, water, and lunch or snacks. Please wear closed toe shoes as well. We can’t wait to see you there!