This Saturday, September 29th from 11am-2pm, we will be hosting our annual Family Michaelmas Festival in our garden- rain or shine! Please come and enjoy it with us; there will be donkey rides, live music, community weaving, bread making, flag making, apple pressing and more. At Harvest time, we gather in our gardens to celebrate community and goodness that comes from working with the earth. Bring a picnic blanket and sunhat, and join us to “put the garden to bed” with grateful hearts.
We were able to catch up with Steiner’s one and only beloved Farmer Hadley (Hadley Milliken), who teaches and explores gardening to and with the whole school, and we asked her some questions about this time of the year in the gardens. Enjoy!
Tell us a little about what’s going down in the Steiner garden this fall…
This time of year, classes are working to preserve the harvest. The classes are drying medicinal and culinary herbs for teas and winter use in soups and stews, harvesting and freezing apples, pears and raspberries, making sauerkraut and pickles and bringing in the last of the tomatoes for sauce for pizza making. We are putting the gardens to bed- enjoying the last of the late summer crops, covering cropping beds to protect and build the soil, and planting cool weather crops to enjoy throughout the fall.
Do all ages participate in the garden during the fall?
All ages participate in the garden. The Early Childhood children meander throughout the gardens on their daily walks, and harvest various treats for use in their weekly cooking activities. I work with grades 1-8 on a weekly basis immersing them in all aspects of garden work from sewing seeds to harvesting, which enhances Main Lesson work.
What is your favorite part of fall gardening at Steiner?
The Fall is a beautiful time of year in the garden where the children can relish in the hard work they have contributed throughout the Spring and Summer; harvesting raspberries they mulched and side-dressed with compost in early Spring, crawling inside a morning glory teepee they built and planted before they went on Summer break. They truly sit in the fruits of their labor. It is satisfying and they truly feel they have contributed to the beauty and wonder of the space.