Published on August 27, 2014
Dear Educators: At Hilltop Hanover Farm, we believe in simple things. e taste of a sun-warmed tomato, the feel of a cow’s shaggy coat, the sound of clucking, happy hens (and roosters!) and the quiet mystery of sprouting seeds. On a farm, there are learning opportunities everywhere! Our experiential, science-based eld trips, short programs and in-school visits o er your K-12 students a powerful way to connect to their local landscape and to learn about nutritious, delicious food, and good health. Every year more than 2,000 students from Westchester County and NYC embark on inquiry-based learning adventures with our farmer-educators that take them outside the classroom and into the heart of our working farm. All farm programs align with the New York State Core Curricula Science Frameworks, STEM and Next Generation Science standards as well as the Health and Family Con- sumer Science Frameworks and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. We work collaboratively with teachers to link these curricula standards to our working farm, the local landscape, your students’ communities, and their own personal health to create a unique “hands-on and minds-on” experience your students will enjoy and remember. We also now o er professional development courses in both the Spring and the Fall as we plan, teach, re ect, and document locally-based science curricula side by side with our partner teachers. rough our collaboration with BOCES Continuing Education Pro- gram, class teachers may earn one or two graduate credits. Above all, we strive to show students that people can develop a sustainable and positive relationship with the food we eat and our natural world. rough meaningful experienc- es at the farm, we aim to build students’ biological, physical, and earth science literacy as well as their environmental, nutritional and agricultural literacy. Developing and deepening these foundations is essential for helping children make informed decisions that consider the connections between people, nature, and place. Isn’t it amazing what a simple farm can do? Carol Lake For more information on our school program, please contact Carol Lake, Director of Education: email@example.com, (914) 962-2368 Carol Lake Brett Alcaro Wilson Chang Director of Education Head Farmer Farmer/Educator “I have been bringing my students to Hilltop Hanover Farm for several years as enrich- ment to our science program. It is the richest source of environ- mental science that I know of and has become invaluable as a resource to me and my students.” – Liz Kennedy 6th Grade Science Teacher Hilltop Hanover Farm o ers an engaging educational environment that cannot be experienced in a traditional classroom. Here at the farm, our educators and “co-faculty” - the farm animals, crops, and our natural environment engage learners in investigating and explaining coherent phenomena, and motivate students to focus on argumentation and consensus. Our eld trips and in-school Visits are aligned with the New York State STEM Standards, Next Generation Science Standards ,and the New York State Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (NYS MST) as included in the core curriculum resource guides and the NYS Common Core Learning Standards for ELA, Math and Literacy.