April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
May 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
June 5th, 12th, 19th
July 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
September 11th, 18th, 25th
If you are wondering what a Forest Garden is, click HERE for the detailed description of how ours came to be & all that it entails, but in short, I’ll use this simple description for an explanation: ‘Forest Gardening is a low-maintenance, sustainable, plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans.’
For this course, we will be tending to all the needs & dreams of our Forest Garden, that has been in the making for 6 years now. Depending on the time of year, we will be teaching skills such as pruning, planting, composting, seed saving, harvesting, etc…. Our Forest Garden is about 2 acres & has over 50 edible & medicinal plants currently, but we are set to add hundreds of more plants in 2020. So, lots of what we will be doing this year is preparing areas, adding plants, cultivating & tending to those plants, & reshaping spaces. We have everything from root crops to mature nut trees with trails that wind throughout, with an open space for gathering & a fire in the middle. We envision letting the kids help shape the space as well-adding their own forts & getting their input on where we should add benches and such, for example. We intend on adding labels to the plants, which the kids may help with, & of course they will be learning how to identify plants along the way as well. There will be days when we go through & identify all the types of trees, there will be days when we harvest various nuts, or find and identify Wild Mushrooms. This really is a gardening class, but with a much larger, diverse garden that provides an opportunity for the kids to learn an innovative, yet very traditional way of working with plants. Learning how fungi, trees, root crops, shrubs, vines, & herbs can grow together, harmoniously, and how to best tend to those plants so that we can enjoy the most & best fruits from our labor.
What to Bring:
–Water We ask that every child always bring Water & if it’s in a reusable container, that’s even better! 🙂
–A snack is also optional, but highly recommended. We will have a ‘break’ time in the middle of our time together, where the kids are invited to snack & sit together. Every body works best when it is not hungry!
–A backpack or some sort of bag is optional, but usually works best for the kids to fit their belongings into, then into their cubby. Nothing fancy is needed!
-A spare change of clothes. This is also optional & depends on the class, but don’t expect your child to leave the farm shiny & spotless! We encourage the kids to connect with nature & explore their curiosities, so as long as it’s safe & not interrupting(if we’re in the middle of work together), the more dirt, mud, & plant matter they play with, the better! We also have an outdoor shower that can be used for cleaning off, found next to the Herb Spiral.
First time here?
Parking is anywhere(neatly) in the grass, between the Barn & the Workshop. Kids & caregivers will enter through the breezeway, where they can place their belongings into a cubby. The kids can then say their goodbyes and head out to the ‘playground’ to play with the others, while we wait for all the kids to arrive, before heading to our courses starting location. If it is raining, all courses will start in the Workshop.
A note on Allergies & Toys…
We have multiple children who attend that are allergic to Latex, ranging from mild to severe. To be mindful of these children’s safety and enjoyment, we ask that you do not bring balloons, latex erasers(we provide latex-free erases for courses in which they are needed), and it is best to leave most toys at home, too. Bringing tools such as magnifying glasses, binoculars, or the like are just fine to pack in the bag, but most toys do not find a great place to fit in here at the farm. More times then not, they usually serve as distractions from the real play at hand and we would appreciate your cooperation in this.
We diligently go over the forms before a child arrives, so if they are allergic to certain foods we will know & have had no problems accommodating this, but if your child has a severe allergy & would like to attend, please reach out to us personally. This way we can be sure that we are able to provide a safe environment for you child. Thank you!
Our Commitment to Diversity:
Just as Mother Nature has reminded us over & over that diversity is key to a thriving ecosystem in our Forest Garden, we’re mindful that diversity in our children’s lives will provide opportunities that a childhood rooted in comfortable, sterile soil could not. When we tell folks that we are welcoming to all walks of life with open arms, we wholeheartedly mean this. We understand that all humans are inextricably connected & that what makes us different, can be opportunities for connection, acknowledgement, & growth. Luna Hill Farm is not affiliated with any church or faith. We are committed to offering a secular experience at the Luna Hill Wild School, that is open to all.
We do offer a 25% discount when registering siblings for courses within the same month(even if one is on Saturday & one is on Friday). However, at this time, there is no easy way for us to offer the discount through our website payment option. Please reach us at AJBoener@gmail.com or 574-341-0229 if you would like to register siblings, so that we may send you a bill that reflects the discount through email. Thanks for your understanding!
Also, do reach out if siblings are registering, but because of age will not be together, if you would like them to stay together. We are happy to accommodate if it’s a good fit!