A DREAM COME TRUE
From the very beginnings of Stone Bridge School 15 years ago, it was the intention of the founding families to develop a real, dynamic farming program as part of our Waldorf-inspired curriculum. It certainly makes sense because farming-- particularly wine grapes-- is the cornerstone of the Napa Valley economy! Through work on our own organic and biodynamic farm, students would be connected to their local community in exciting ways and provided a real seed-to-fork farm experience: planting, growing, harvesting, cooking and then, eating what they grew! When SBS moved out to the Carneros school site in 2010, this dream finally became a real possibility.
In late February of 2014, Napa Valley Unified School District, transferred over to us management of four acres of land that surround our campus to use for our new farm program, and in March of 2014, we broke ground. Our farm now includes one acre of organic and biodynamic vegetable row crops, three acres of wine grapes (chardonnay), a 50+ collection of fruit trees, chicken egg-laying house with 40 layers, 3 honeybee hives, and the beginnings of a Farm Lunch program (currently one lunch a week while we develop our kitchen). All SBS students, K-8th grade, attend weekly classes taught by a farming teacher, and contribute real, honest, hard work towards the care of the farm and vineyard through tasks that arise along the course of the seasonal year, which include: planting, irrigating, harvesting, cooking and eating the vegetables, viticultural experiences ( vineyard work), orchard care, weed control, beekeeping, small animal care, composting, and farm-related building projects and ongoing maintenance that sometimes arise.
Students in our upper grades 6-8 have an opportunity that is (ironically) unusual in our area of the state, working in a real, producing vineyard to learn about the care of grapes. Our students learn how to manage grape vines throughout the season, pruning, suckering and doing the leaf management. 100% of the money generated through the harvest and sale of our grapes and vegetable crops heads back to support our growing farm program.
Through a partnership with Napa Valley CanDo/CanGrow, 15% or more of our vegetable harvest is donated to the Napa Valley Food Bank.
Our vision is a world where human beings have a sustainable relationship with the living earth.
Stone Bridge School Farm & Vineyard is an organic and biodynamic, student-centered, working farm where students joyfully engage in purposeful work to develop skills, nurture self sufficiency, increase the vitality of the community, and cultivate a sense of stewardship for the earth.