The Hawlemont, Agriculture, and You (HAY) program is a tremendous source of pride for our students, educators, and residents. We’re excited to pioneer this new approach to education and watch as children develop confidence and purpose as they forge a connection with nature and take on important responsibilities to care for and nurture animals and plants.
Our goal is to provide an innovative elementary education through hands-on, experiential learning that combines agriculture and community involvement with traditional curriculum.
A Sense of Purpose
Everyone, and we mean EVERYone, at Hawlemont does farm chores. After all, maintaining a barn, a greenhouse, gardens, and an outdoor classroom is a huge, but rewarding, responsibility. Working together for a common purpose, our students connect not only with nature, but with their peers and our community as they take on responsibility and learn new skills. Focus and classroom behavior improves, test scores go up, and students are happy and engaged as they participate in our farming curriculum.
A Community Effort
Community participation is a key component to the success of HAY. Many local farmers lend us animals for the children to feed and care for during the school year. Local farmers, cheese makers, and other volunteers teach the children new skills through the 4-H Club after-school programs.