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After School Farm To Begin In Carson

At Church of Nazarene

Adventure awaits students, third through 12th grade, at After School Farm on early release Wednesdays beginning Jan. 16 in Carson.

This is a hands-on, students-get-to-do-the-farming, fun experience, where innovation in farming awaits; where bio-science meets creativity, wrapped in fun!

Carson Church of the Nazarene (92 Dalen St., Carson) is hosting After School Farm from 1:50 until 5:35 p.m.

Upon early dismissal, students in the Carson/Stevenson area can be picked up from their schools in the church van, and transported to After School Farm.

The program is open to all students even if they are from out of the area.

It is not a petting zoo. At After School Farm, students will be challenged appropriately according to their age ranges to get involved, be creative and even get a little dirty as they farm, and have fun doing it.

Farming happens year-round at After School Farm, so students will be engaged in learning how to create a farm from the soil up, and then doing it, right through winter and spring.

Some of the subjects the students will experience are building a greenhouse from up-cycled materials, garden site prep and gardening, working with and preserving herbs, canning and preserving foods, composting, growing feed for animals, aquaponics, soil science, indoor and outdoor farming, and small animal care, only to name some.

The group will focus on organic methods as good stewards for the community.

Students will have farm class time, and lab/practical skill application time each session. Older students will also have an added leadership emphasis.

The After School Farm staff values each student's education. When students arrive they will first have time to do their school work and have snacks. After School Farm has a certified teacher available to help students do their assignments. Then it is time to get busy with Farming.

Throughout the winter and spring, there are field trips planned to local farming operations where students will learn about different farming techniques and practices. Some of those working with students at After School Farm are local farmers who many may recognize as the friendly farmers at the Stevenson Farmers' Market.

Students will be ready for parental pick up at 5:35 p.m.

For more information about After School Farm inquire at 509-427-8398 or via e-mail at sundayschool@gorge.net.

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