Our school’s location on an organic/Biodynamic farm supplements the curriculum by providing our students with the opportunity to develop connection to the natural world, and a love of outdoor adventure.
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Students’ direct experience of the rhythms of each season, such as the progression of planting and harvesting and the caretaking of animals, imbues their education with many unique opportunities for in-depth, hands-on engagement and cultivates a sense of purpose that combats the pull of apathy so often present in today’s media-saturated world.
We offer a living, experienced-based education that meets students where they are, cultivating their intellectual, artistic and practical capacities and guiding them to hone their innate gifts so that they may become balanced and engaged citizens of the world.
The campus is alive with wildlife – foxes frolick in the fields and woodlands, Barred owls call out from the hills — ‘who cooks for you’! — and the crystal clear Agawamuck Creek filled with glimmering frogs, trout, and crawfish babbles behind the school. With the Catskills Mountains to the west, and the Berkshires to the east, Hawthorne Valley is rooted in glacial valleys lined by shale, waterfalls, and hickory and oak trees. Children play amongst trillium, bloodroot, and trout lily, and watch the mist lift from the fields during morning walks. They learn against a backdrop of cows lowing and chickens clucking. Feeling this oneness with the land, children learn to trust the self as they develop a broad spectrum of skills with which they can impact the world.
Hawthorne Valley Farm is a 900-acre Demeter-certified Biodynamic® farm, committed to soil health and offering a unique learning experience for students and their families. Its 65-head dairy herd provides the Farm’s fertility and milk for our creamery. The on-site Farm Store sells all the Farm’s products, including raw milk, and is a popular gathering spot for school families. The Farm grows Biodynamic vegetables on 16 acres and runs a 350+ member CSA. Click the link to learn more.
Turose Gift Shoppe and School Store is located on school grounds and offers a wide selection of high quality toys, gifts, games, books, arts & crafts, and school supplies which enhance and support Waldorf pedagogy.
By teaching me how to learn, this school prepared me not just for college, but for that longer journey of life.