Steiner Schools were developed a century ago in Europe. Farming, gardening and practical arts have been an integral part of the curriculum since the beginning. Many Steiner schools today are founded on farms, but others are more urban and integrate the environmental-based studies in creative ways.
Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Steiner education, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophical medicine, indicated gardening classes from Class 6 through to 10. Because of the urbanisation of our society and the growing disconnection from nature many students experience, there has been a recent movement to expand the garden curriculum to the early classes. We will be integrating gardening and land cultivation from the beginning for our students at the Kindrogan Somerville School.
When we arrived on site last August we encountered a wild jungle at Kindrogan. It was hard to know what treasures lay beneath the overgrowth. We began in the walled garden by carving out a path to the green house and polytunnel we found at the far end of the space. We cleared these out and grew a few things but old man time was working against us.
After many weeks of work this season clearing more debris and waste, we were gratefully joined by Granny and Grandad Ramsay this weekend to complete our preparations of the green house and poly tunnel. With their hard work and determination we were able to repair the many tears in the polytunnel, fix the broken glass in the green house, prepare the ground for planting and finally sow seeds.
A huge thank you to them both for their hard work and donation of compost soil, seeds and plants!