Discovery Lab at Green Bow Farm

We are really excited to announce that we are working with Discovery Lab a local STEAM based school to have mini farm school workshops at Green Bow Farm. Our sons started attending Discovery Lab this Fall. They love it and we have been impressed with their hands on learning curriculum that emphasizes child lead interests. We started the year with DL students coming out and observing sheep shearing and also learning how to skirt and card fleeces. This got us excited about doing more educational outreach in our community. It’s something we have always wanted to do but haven’t made it a priority yet. So this winter with the support of the school’s teacher and parents both Farmer Matt and I have worked on a simple curriculum for the students that touches on many different aspects of the farm and also gives them some hands on learning opportunities. The farm is at its healthiest when we are in touch with how all the different animals and plants are working together to create soil biodiversity and food for both humans, animals, and insects. In order to do this we need to closely observe the land on a daily basis and make adjustments to our work and how the animals are moved around on pastures. Working more with the community to teach people about how and why we farm the way we do is another way that we can be responsible stewards of the land and hopefully inspire a new generation to also look differently at where there food comes from . So here is a sneak peek at the workshops that the Discovery Lab students will be participating in.

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February
1st visit
Learn about how we use microscopes on the farm
Discovery Lab Students will get samples from two different ponds and compare and contrast using a microscope
If weather allows obtain fecal samples from sheep and cattle in the pasture to check on health of animals also using a microscope. Also learn about a permaculture experiment with our ducks
2nd visit
Spring Sheep Shearing
Observe shearing and help sort fleeces from our flock of Icelandic Sheep
Compare multiple fleeces and their quality
Compare fleeces from different breeds of sheep
Lesson in felting and making a felt bowl

March

1st visit
Seed Starts for Spring Planting
Lesson on seed germination
Make fermented kraut-chi with spring greens from Washington farms

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2nd visit
Chicken day
Learn about the role the chickens play on the farm
Help rebuild small chicken tractors
Visit chicks and learn about the brooders that help keep them alive when they are really young and also help add bedding and fill water
Help collect eggs

Eat Fermented Kraut-chi if it’s ready!!

April

1st visit
Lambing Season
Visit new lambs see lambs born if we are really lucky
Learn about the Icelandic Sheep breed
Explore pastures and identify plants with a scavenger hunt

2nd visit
Lesson in Beekeeping
After a lesson in Beekeeping with Farmer Matt each student will take a turn looking inside the beehives with safety gear on
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May
1st visit
Planting Spring Starts
Possibly seed carrots and beets
Learn about compost, soil biodiversity,
And compost tea. Also how it’s integrated into our irrigation system

2nd visit
Forage for plants on table mountain for dyeing fiber
Bring back to farm and dye fiber. Students can bring dyed fiber back to Discovery Lab for future art projects

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