Fern Ridge School District Project
GROWING A FUTURE
Growing A Future School Farm is a project of the Fern Ridge School District, the Elmira High School Interact Club and with overseeing support and training provided by Sea Mercy, an Oregon based non-profit charity. Our goal is to work hard and create a safe, vibrant, and innovative environment for our schools (K-12) and our community. It is also about researching, remembering and returning to what was good from the ‘old ways’ of growing before our pursuit of ‘progress’ began destroying our soil and environment.
Interested in learning more? Explore our site to see the beautiful personal and physical growth happening at Growing A Future and learn how you can become part of our community.
Spring Harvest Festival & Cornhole Tournament!
Saturday, June 19th, 10am to 2pm
About Growing a Future
Our Work & Dreams
Growing A Future is an Elmira High School Interact Club project started in 2018. It began as a 'proof of concept' single greenhouse growing vegetable starters for resale with a dream to turn our program into a powerful and life-changing Soils School & Community Farm that will teach and train students and community members of all ages to develop a healthy, self-sustaining and thriving community.
With the approval and full support of the Fern Ridge School District and the donation of 3 acres of school property to use for our program, that dream has now become a reality.
The School Farm is a year-round and comprehensive hands-on teaching and training program for K-12 students and community members. It has plenty of open field planting areas, a greenhouse, composting center and a 20' Training Center Yurt sitting in the middle that will help expand our areas of learning and knowledge. The end goal is to increase the amount of healthy produce we can grow and share with the school and community. We encourage you to join us and support us as we strive to make a difference.
Entrance Gate Completed
There is a much bigger purpose for the “Hobbit Hole” entrance to the school farm than it just looking cool. At the School Farm, we believe that a student using their imagination is the most powerful tool for learning. To help grow their imaginations, we have developed a K-5 school farm curriculum around a fictional short story about the importance of remembering and returning to the “old ways” of farming if we are to save our soil, our plants, our trees, and our very health before it is too late.
The short story* is called “One Last Chance” and it is about how the hobbits (farming), the elves (trees and flowers), and the dwarves (livestock) learned long ago how to live in harmony with the earth and each other. After failing countless times to teach the human adults, they are trying one last time to save the planet by teaching the children through a magical ‘Box of Learning’ that they have given to them. So, not only is the hobbit door entrance designed to launch their imaginations, so many other aspects of the school farm and curriculum are created to do the same.
The good news is, for you 6th to 12th graders and community members, you’re never too old and it's never too late to revive your imaginations. Come and join us at the school farm and you might even find that returning to the old ways of farming will even make you feel young again.
* One Last Chance (The Box of Learning) is available on Amazon.com and all proceeds go to the Growing A Future School Farm.
Summer Internships (Paid)
June 19th to September 6th
With grants from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation and the Oregon Community Foundation, we are able to offer 12 high school students an incredible summer opportunity!
TWELVE (12) Part-time Summer High School Internships ($500/$1000 each) - minimum of 8+ hours/week ($500) or 20+ hours/week ($1000) of school farm volunteer work:
9 Farm Internships (planting, harvesting, food preparation, CSA, Festival events)
1 Beekeeping intern (maintenance, feeding, harvesting)
1 media intern (photos, videos, social media)
1 marketing intern (local and regional financial and in-kind support)
The School Farm is a year-round and comprehensive hands-on teaching and training program for K-12 students. The School Farm Summer Internship program is for high school students looking for a part-time way to have fun, learn important skills, develop your future work resume, and give back to your community.
The 2.5 acre farm includes open field planting areas, a greenhouse, strawberries, blueberries, fruit orchards, summer community events, beekeeping, composting center and a 20' Training Center sitting for indoor/outdoor learning opportunities. To learn more about the School Farm, go to www.growingafuture.org/news-updates-2.
HOW TO APPLY?
Email your resume and cover letter to:
Trey Hackett - Program Director
Growing A Future School Farm
Email us your questions!
Interested in getting involved with Growing A Future? Do you have some advice to share? Please send us an email and we will respond as quickly as we can.