Education and Farming

Silk Tree Farm is committed to offering an educational environment for young kids and teens. We are dedicated to providing them with an opportunity to receive a hands on learning experience.

We are proud to be currently involved in a non profit Mentoring Program with the Met School in Providence RI. A student visits our farm twice a week during the school year.  Angel our student will learn a wealth of valuable life lessons about farming and where our food comes from. We hope that the knowledge he will obtain here on our farm will encourage him to make healthy choices.

Angel is doing a project on industrialized food vs. farm raised and organic foods. Here on our farm he is learning how to grow vegetables from nurturing the soil to planting and caring for the crops. He has had lessons in animal husbandry with our goats and chickens. We try to incorporate time in the kitchen where he learns to prepare the foods he has grown and to preserve them.

 

Do to the lack of pasture available when the farm was located in  Charlestown, RI, Silk Tree Farm found creative ways to provide the best nutrition possible for our chickens and goats. Angel and I worked on developing a foddering system on our farm to feed our animals naturally. We sprout grains and grow them to about 3-4 inches tall. We currently feed it to our laying hens daily and eventually we will be also providing this feed to our goats. We will be doing a lot of work with different types of composting from worm composting to learning how to create nutrient dense compost using our manure, clippings and kitchen scraps.

 

During one of Angel’s Exhibitions at school he decided to have his classmates compare a homemade pizza using farm products vs. a factory produced frozen pizza purchased at the grocery store. This project was a big hit with his classmates and advisors. This coming fall at Silk Tree Farm Angel will prepare a farm to table dinner for his classmates and advisors.

Above we have created a slideshow of Angel’s experiences on the farm. Tilling the garden, moving pigs, watering the greenhouse which was heated with compost etc. We hope you enjoy the slide show. You can also read some of Angel’s reflections on our blog.

Our Future plans are to expand our learning environment by inviting local school classrooms to our farm.

We are also affiliated with Hillandale Farm in Westerly R.I. where they provide learning expeditions for some of our local schools. We bring a few of our goats and teach the kids about goat husbandry and the