Knowing, Growing, Cooking, Eating, Sharing
As part of our mission of local stewardship, we believe in bringing awareness to the availability and need for locally-raised food. For almost a decade, The Community School has been a social destination, serving up weekly Farmers' Table lunches and summer dinners made from the most lush and delicious local foods we can find, supporting not only our own farm but more than 70 local food producers. We believe that nutritious and delicious foods raised by people, not corporations, should be a right and not a privilege. Our meals are served on a by-donation basis, with few notable fundraising exceptions: our annual On the Banks of the Bearcamp Music and Smoked Meat Fest, Slumgullion Dinners, and our Farmers' Table Goes Gourmet dinner.
As part of our over-all efforts to build food awareness, students and staff preserve the local harvest to be shared with the community through the colder months when we still crave that particular freshness but can't nip out to our gardens to find it!
Food is integral to our school programs, with students growing and tending seedlings, caring for our birds and animals, planning for pasture rotation, using the sciences of breeding to manage our animal reproduction, and understanding the fundamentals of four-season growing in the Northeast through building of a bioshelter. Local food production is one antidote to the complex issue of global climate change.