Farm Service Learning

Healthy / Cultural Initiatives @ the Farm

Our school partners with local community farms to embed programming and nutrition that supports the health and wellness of our students. This collaboration provides our students the opportunity to cultivate the earth, plant and harvest fresh fruits and vegetables. By doing this we are able to

  • Feed our students fresh, healthy food
  • Provide land-based physical education through working the farm
  • Provide embedded social/emotional health learning and strategies that promote success
  • Provide opportunities for our students to engage in cultural traditions that we aim to prevent the loss of

This collaboration is having a huge impact on our students. We are seeing positive results in the academic and social and emotional health and well-being of our students. We want to expand this, to more students, to our parents, and throughout the South Valley community.

SVP sends one class every Wednesday for service-learning and community service at a variety of community farms. The Staff at the farms along with Food Corp members, SVP teachers, and other SVP staff support learning in historical and cultural traditions including acequias, land-based living, organic farming techniques, and nutrition.

At the farm, students work with our partners to prepare the land, plant, and or harvest crops, engage in learning activities regarding watering techniques, cultural foods and traditions, and food and environmental justice. In addition, students participate in mindfulness activities or other physical education activities.

Tatyana Trujillo

21st Century Program Coordinator

Tatyana is our 21st Century coordinator, she has been working in schools for 1 year which has been with us. Tatyana’s favorite part of her job is making fun activities for the students to enjoy.