Organic Student Farm
The Farm @ Westtown is a verdant, one acre student-run farm where students learn about Food Sovereignty by building an intact food shed through composting, planting, harvesting and seed saving for our kitchen. The Farm @ Westtown offers students cutting-edge experiential education in local and artisanal food arts. We have a new wood fired pizza oven, as well as a 96 foot high tunnel for extending seasons and winter growing. We also have a wonderful glass greenhouse right in the heart of campus that is used to produce food in the winter, house a collection of tropical edible plants and start seedlings for the other projects around campus. Students can be involved with the farm in many ways. Here are a few:
• Students can choose to be part of daily activities on the farm in fall and spring. This afternoon co-curricular is where
students learn and work most intensively—following their food from seed to seedling, to planting, cultivation, and harvest. Opportunities for work, reflection, group and individual activities, as well as visits to other farms in the area are part of this offering.
• During the growing season, students are also assigned to a lunchtime work crew as part of the Work Program.
• During the summer, a small CSA is run out of the farm space, as well as an onsite farm stand and a farmers' market stand. We also work closely with the Chester County Food Bank.
• Vegetables grown on the farm are eaten by students in the school's dining room all year long, connecting us all to local seasonal food.