Our adolescent program is rooted in hands-on, experiential learning. We do not integrate rigorous academics; rather, we focus on real-life 21st century critical thinking, problem solving and project-based learning, and support students who are enrolled in trade-based, College Credit Plus or other academic classes at home or elsewhere.
Classroom days consist of researching, planning, marketing and managing our micro farm, utilizing the Micro Business for Teens curriculum.
We venture regularly to our local library, as well as the downtown MakerSpace via Metro bus service. These trips are scheduled in advance and supervised by one or more adolescent guides. When necessary, we also schedule field trips to community organizations and companies that are applicable to our current project phase.
Students engage in Socratic-style small group meetings, guided by an adolescent teacher. This meaningful discussion around projects and tasks is an essential component of our real-life 21st century curriculum.
Land days consist of preparing, planting, tending and harvesting. Our inaugural class will prepare and plant the first seeds at Mt Washington Community Garden. Subsequent growth will be evaluated and plans will adjust as necessary. Students also participate in cultural studies including ecology, biology, and environmental science at nearby 125-acre Stanbery Park.
Market days consist of setting up at various venues throughout the Cincinnati region and selling products with a goal to establish a part-time physical storefront and/or full-time online storefront.
Look for more information about planned micro farm extensions in the coming months.