Our Working Farm
Our multi-acre, mixed-use working farm is one of the most treasured elements on our campus. It is a peaceful retreat overlooking the San Juan Rapids of the American River. The farm was established using biodynamic principles and features vegetable, flower, herb and native plant gardens, as well as fruit trees. It is home to an array of animals, including a cow, llama and pig, and many sheep and chickens. Our resident farmer, Stephen Payne – known to our students as “Farmer Steve” – teaches students in all grade levels about the complex ecosystem of the farm, and the intricacies of farming.
One of the most treasured elements of the Sacramento Waldorf School campus is its three-and-a-half acre farm, a peaceful retreat overlooking the San Juan Rapids of the American River.
The farm is integral to the curriculum of our entire school. Children in the Parent/Child program, Preschool, and Kindergarten explore the farm during weekly walks. Lower school students are intimately involved with the farm and seasonal cycles. Third grade students learn about all stages in the food chain including planting, harvesting, cooking, and composting. The fourth grade actively cares for the farm animals. In the sixth grade, students pick, prepare and sell farm produce to the community.
In an era when children are becoming less and less engaged with the natural environment, our farm is indeed a peaceful haven and a jewel at the heart of our campus’s community life.
In an era when children are becoming less and less engaged with the natural environment, our farm inspires connection and reflection. It is a vibrant component of our campus and critical to our school’s commitment to nurturing students through nature.
High school student work includes pruning fruit trees and roses, and preparing cuttings from trees and grape vines to develop into nursery stock.
Students in our high school gain a look into their own futures as they care for the oldest and most established plants on the farm. Their work includes pruning fruit trees and roses, and preparing cuttings from trees and grape vines to develop into nursery stock.
High School & Lower School Gardening Teacher
Contact Stephen: (916) 961-3900