healthy citizens in Vallejo
Who wants to go to
Loma Vista Farm?
I do! I do! I do!
We're excited to tell
you about Loma Vista Farm in Vallejo, a five-acre outdoor classroom that is
integral to the learning of every single student at the Loma Vista
Environmental Science Academy, a public K-8 school.
“We are working together
to build healthier kids,” said principal Britt Hammon. "We do more than teach about managing the land; we teach an
appreciation of how we interact with it.”
Vista Farm is one of only two working farms in the nation that is tied so
closely to a school. The farm, founded in 1974, was integrated into the school
curriculum five years ago. All classes and students visit the farm once a week
to participate in growing vegetables, animal care, healthy cooking, and
recent winter morning, seven third-graders helped assistant farm keeper Alicia
White prepare fried rice. The children gathered the eggs from the chicken coop;
picked and washed the kale, swiss chard, onions, and carrots from the garden;
and followed along as Alicia prepared the dish. After eating, they helped clean
up, which included composting the leftovers and paper plates.
addition to the 36 chickens that provide eggs for the students, the farm is
home to three bunnies (a big favorite), four alpacas, three pot-bellied pigs,
two cows, two peacocks, two turkeys, three horses, four sheep, and some ducks
vegetable beds were recently improved and built to be the right height for
children and ADA compliant.
This outdoor classroom provides
children with standards-based, hands-on learning opportunities. But it’s more
than that, says Steve Pressley, a board member of Loma Vista Farm and Solano
“The way to get support for
agriculture is by educating our youth,” he said. “They are the ones who are
going to be making the decisions 20 years from now. Even if they go on to be
doctors or accountants, they will always have an appreciation for farmers and
Community members and guests are
welcome to visit the farm during school hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The
spring festival is on Saturday, May 5.
Roma Tarape and Taniyah Simmons display the carrots dug
from the garden