Welcome to the Micro-Farm!
The ACGS Micro-Farm is a school-wide program that's designed to connect our students to the natural world by providing hands-on, discovery-based learning opportunities. It allows them to create meaningful connections to agriculture, food, animals, fiber, and natural resources. Young people are the future of agriculture in Pennsylvania and at the Micro-Farm, we seek to build their relationship with and understanding of farming.Exposure to live animals brings out a student's compassion for all living things. It promotes and reinforces important character traits like responsibility and integrity. Research shows that children who interact with animals at a young age are good listeners, do better in school, and are compassionate beyond their years.The Micro-Farm also provides our teachers with unique, multi-disciplinary teaching opportunities that are interactive and completely unforgettable. It's a place to learn about much more than farming and animal care; our students can explore a wide array of disciplines, including:
- Sustainable agriculture
- Structural engineering
- Animal care
- Fine arts
- Humanitarian aid
Our upper school students actively participate in the planning and building of structures and water systems. They design and install landscapes, keep journals, and photograph farm activities. Students engage their creativity to make wasp traps and bird feeders. Our Green Team sells vegetables and flower plants that they've grown from seed. They deliver produce and eggs to local food banks, teaching our students that they can make a difference in the lives of people in our community.
Green Team is offered to students in grades 7-12 who want to learn by participating in the daily care of our Micro-Farm. Green Team members are responsible for growing and harvesting produce, maintaining our indoor hydroponic and aquaponic systems, and tending to the needs of our school's animals (goats, sheep, alpacas, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and fish). In addition to plant and animal care, students help maintain the Micro-Farm grounds and surrounding gardens. Our Green Team meets rain or shine!
Visit our Greenhouse & Gardens page for more information on our growing and harvesting operations.
Visit our Small Animal Farm and Back Pasture pages to meet our animals and learn how we care for them.
The High School Bee Academy is an after-school educational program that provides an in-depth look into the world of honeybees. Sessions combine learning about honeybees and the vital role they play in our food system, as well as participating in hands-on activities in the apiary. Bee Academy begins each spring and wraps up in the fall during the annual honey harvest.
Visit our Apiary page to learn all about honeybees and see photos of our fall honey harvest - one of the most popular events at AGCS!
Programs & Camp
Farm Fun After-School Program
Farm Fun is an after-school program for kindergarten through third grade students who are interested in learning about the Micro-Farm and spending time outside. Each session meets for four weeks in the spring at the Early Learning Center and has a seasonal theme, including: Signs of Spring, Gardens Galore, and Powerful Pollinators.
In the summer, we offer a one-week Micro-Farm Camp at the State Road Campus. This active week gives children lots of outdoor time, exploring the entire farm.
- Hands-on time with our animals
- Explore the creek and its hidden treasures
- Learn about aquaponics systems and gardening
- Participate in fun farm-themed activities
- Learn about sheep shearing and how wool becomes thread through spinning
Visit our Programs and Camp webpage for more information and photos.