Old Trail School and Countryside Announce Farm Project Partnership
(Bath OH) Old Trail School and Countryside have announced a new partnership. This partnership, which will be known as the “Farm Project,” has several key goals including creating hands-on educational and curriculum development opportunities for the School, raising of crops and livestock, composting and aquaculture, raising produce and eggs for use by the School’s kitchen, instructing and inspiring beginning farmers to become members of a resilient, sustainable food system, supporting farms within Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and involving members of the public in educational opportunities.
This partnership was announced on Saturday, October 6th at a special event held at the School on the spot of the School’s future Outdoor Classroom to be constructed in 2019. The School operated an 11-acre organic farm on this site from 2013 to 2016 in partnership with Hattie Larlham and has been seeking a new partner since 2016 when Hattie Larlham discontinued their “Hattie’s Gardens” program.
“We are so excited to partner with Countryside on the Farm Project,” said Sarah Johnston, Old Trail School’s Head of School. “We are looking forward to deepening our relationship with Countryside that has existed for several years. We are happy to have such a committed partner to help us take our agriculture and entrepreneur curriculum programs to the next level.”
The Farm Project will include crop and livestock production as well as the School’s existing composting and apiary (beekeeping) programs. The School’s Executive Chef will work closely with Countryside’s Farm Educator to determine which farm products are needed to supply the School’s lunch program. Any extra produce or eggs that are not needed by the School will be donated to local nonprofit organizations.
“This is a great partnership. Not only do we get to share our mission with the students, connecting them to where their food comes from, it’s a win-win for everyone. OTS has an amazing facility and equipment that will greatly enhance the teaching value for Countryside’s beginning farmer intern program. And for our role, Countryside has the skills and resources to help develop a rich agricultural curriculum. Their students will benefit, our interns will benefit. We couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Tracy Emrick, Countryside CEO.
Old Trail School is an independent, coeducational day school for students aged two through grade eight. Located in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Bath, Ohio, the School offers a personal, nurturing and academically challenging program to students and families in a five-county region that emphasizes excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. For more information about Old Trail School visit www.oldtrail.org.