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Adolescents on the farm

EHG Middle School students receive farming instruction and agricultural education from a local farmer: Joseph Fields.

Through hands-on experience, adolescents have the opportunity to participate in farming work including planting, harvesting, weeding and cooking using the farm produce. They also complete various building and projects like: keyhole composter, benches, tables, soaps and other products that they can sale in the market.

Earth Heart Growers created the most appropriate environment for the teenage stage of life. Our goal with this program is to give our adolescents the opportunity to experience the “Erdkinder” education; a Montessori approach for teaching adolescents on the farm.

In addition, EHG create spaces where the students can do community work, support others and learn from the natural environment where they live. In every farm visit, Middle school students are in charger of managing and packaging the school CSA, supporting the farmer and the families.

Third generation, local organic farmer Joseph Fields and his wife, opened the doors of their farm in 2015, providing the agriculture focus for our Public Schools youth.

Joseph’s mentorship has inspired organizations such as The Federation of Southern Cooperatives, SAAFON, Clemson University, NRCS, South Carolina State University, Sea Island Farmers Cooperative, Lowcountry Local First, Green Heart and many others, like us, that always feel amazed by his heart, hard work and love for the land.

EHG Adolescents on the farm also counts with the support of the dedicated Montessori middle school lead teachers; they help with the preparation and manage the classes and academic needs closely.