A DREAM COME TRUE
From the very beginnings of Stone Bridge School 18 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 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 reality.
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 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 a Farm Lunch program (currently two made-from-scratch lunches a week). SBS students 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 can 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.
During the course of the year, students in our upper grades 6-8 are given 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. Students have an opportunity to experience work in the vineyard throughout the season, participating in pruning, suckering and leaf management. 100% of the money generated through the harvest and sale of our organically farmed grapes and vegetable crops heads back to support our growing farm program.
We have been certified Organic through the State of CA since 2015. Our campus and farm is one of only three schools in Northern California that we know of that is certified Organic.
Our vision is a world where human beings have a sustainable relationship with the living earth.
Stone Bridge School Farm & Vineyard is an organic, 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.