Farm Raised

Age:7 to 12 years old
Location: The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano
CA 92675
Imagine that by creating a space for meaningful collaboration and creative problem-solving, a farm could become the classroom for the next generation.

All parents want a better world for their children. Everyone wants a healthier planet. The Ecology Center empowers both these outcomes through a suite of homeschooling enrichment programs for children in grades 1 to 6. Following in the tradition of a one-room schoolhouse, our thoughtfully designed curriculum offers age-appropriate instruction through hands-on exploration of The Ecology Center’s agricultural village. Under the caring guidance of our Waldorf-inspired teachers, with input from our community of farmers, bakers, chefs, artisans, and parents, children will develop a love for learning while actively nourishing the community. The interconnectivity, collaboration, imagination, and inspiration embedded within this curriculum promise a profound change in our relationship between people and the planet.

Farm Raised 
An immersive 10-week program that explores academics, arts, projects and experiences around the theme of agroecology. Organized around daily direct engagement with the soil, our original curriculum is influenced by Waldorf methodology, permaculture principles, and The Ecology Center’s core values:  Learn by Doing, Collaborate for Change, Be Part of the Solution, Give More Than You Take, and Be Here Now. Daily lessons integrate farming practices, Spanish language practice, and preparation of a snack to share.

Start date: Bloc 1 runs from September 13 to November 17, 2021
Group size: 12 to 20 children
Age: 7 – 12
Frequency: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, 3-day/week (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday), 10 weeks total

Fee: $2,250* per child per bloc

Application process includes completing a questionnaire and interview. To begin the application process, please email [email protected]

Milpa! Puppet Theater
A 10-week arts-focused program that teaches improvisational theater and puppetry, culminating in a pageant performed during our TASTE! Milpa Festival in November. Each week’s lesson integrates farming practices and preparation of a snack to share.  

Start date: Bloc 1 runs from September 16 to November 18, 2021
Group size: 12 to 20 children
Age: 7 – 12
Frequency: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m, 10 weeks total

Fee: $750* per child per bloc.

Sign up for Milpa! Puppet Theater Here

Rad Traditions!
An 8-week elective program that offers a variety of music, making, and movement experiences for students. Led by experts and artisans from our Village, each week features small-group guidance in both modern and traditional pastimes, including Upcycle Workshop, Visual Arts, Fiddling, Folk Dancing, and of course, Farming and Cooking. Join us for a deeper dive into your favorite hobby, or discover a new passion! Each week’s class integrates preparation of a snack to share.

Start date: Bloc 1 is from September 27 to November 18, 2021
Group size: up to 20 children
Age: Varies (age restrictions apply to some workshops—see below for more information)
Frequency: One class per week, 8 weeks total (see below for specific times for each class)

Fee: $160* per child for session 1, and $200* for session 2
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*Income based sliding scale available upon request.