A 400-acre Biodynamic farm in central Columbia County, NY

Visiting Students Program

The Visiting Students Program brings school classes into a unique week-long farm experience. Each year over 600 children visit Hawthorne Valley Farm and stay in the Main House.

Over the course of their five-day stay, younger students (Grades 3 through 8) have the opportunity to bake bread, clean the barn, work in the garden, ride horses, help prepare meals for the group and many others. Activities for older students (Grades 9 through 12) change slightly depending on the age of the group. Activities may include botany walks, geological explorations, caving, brush cutting, among others.

Students, teachers, and farmers live, work, and learn together. The rhythms of nature and farm life take children beyond the classroom.Awakening to the environment, children rediscover the joy of learning and working together.

Living with classmates and friends enhances all of the experiences on the farm. Relationships are warmed, and many problems solved through shared events, activities, and the demands of group work projects. Serving each other in the dining hall, helping with dishes, and working side by side in the barn or the garden foster a cooperative spirit among the children. Students learn the true ecology of living relationships.

For more info Email us or call 518-672-4790

Sample list of activities:

  • Animal Feeding
  • Brush cutting
  • Barn cleaning
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Woodwork
  • Cooking
  • Bringing in cows
  • Lectures (Local Foods, Ethics, Genetically Modified Organisms, other)

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