Who we are:
Brickyard Educational Farm used to operate on 20-acres of publically owned Montgomery County school board land. We are hoping to regain a lease on this property once the school board puts the land back up for lease proposals. During the 2013 season, Brickyard Educational Farm operated on a small piece of private property adjacent to the 20-acre site. Brickyard Educational Farm is a project of a local nonprofit, The Chesapeake Institute, that strives to improve the Chesapeake Bay watershed through the practice and education of sustainable agriculture. Brickyard Educational Farm’s philosophy is that hands-on, environmental and agricultural education experiences are components of a well-rounded education for children and adults to lead healthier lives and improve their natural environment.
Who We Work With...
- Schools as a field trip destination site, kindergarten-high school. Contact us to set up a lesson tailored for your class.
- Summer Camps interested in taking school children on a field trip to the plot.
- Civic Organizations interested in projects, or being involved on the plot.
- Boy and Girls Scouts of America (badge workshops), FFA's (Future Farmers of America service hour completions), YMCA's.
- Local Groups or Clubs interested in tours or workshops.
- Individuals interested in volunteering.
- Soup Kitchens who can take surplus organic produce on a day to day basis.
Since January of 2012, more than 900 children visited the garden through on-farm field trips and more than 1,400 have received in-class presentations and lessons in sustainable farming, food systems, food economy, and seed saving. A wide range of groups including public and private schools and camps, homeschooling collectives, civic and religious organizations, and youth groups have benefited from Brickyard Educational Farm’s programs and curriculum.
Previously, the farmland had been an organic seed saving operation for 32 years. To tie in our educational programming to this larger working farm’s legacy, we have incorporated seed saving and food security as a key component of our curriculum.
Brickyard Educational Farm is the perfect place for young people to learn about a range of topics, including soil, water, plants, composting, insects, seed saving, sustainable agriculture, organic food production, health, and the interconnections between them. Our curriculum, which can easily be integrated into public and private school lesson plans, is inspired by the Edible Schoolyard Project, Life Lab, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, Audubon Naturalist Society, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Washington Youth Gardens, and several other established garden and farm-based education programs. Field trips can be tailored to meet the needs of individual groups of varying ages. .
Elementary School children will be involved in activities in which lesson plans revolve around the life cycle of a plants, parts of a plant, basic needs of a plant, simple soil testing and evaluation, composting, plant based art projects and seasonal garden tasks.
High School students will learn about topics such as the plant life cycle; mineral, nutrient and water cycles; food security and seed diversity; how farming can impact the natural environemnt; organic farming practices and local food systems.
If you are interested in coming to the farm, or would like to know more about our programs, please see the Visit page.
Sophia Maravell, Education Coordinator