Our mission is to encourage youth in a nature based learning environment to increase sufficiency skills, wisdom, confidence and connection to self and to the Earth. We are propelled by the belief that in order to embody a healthy sense of self, purpose and belonging in the world, we must also intimately meet the rhythms of the land, embody the wisdom therein and extend the privilege of that experience to others, especially those who are the least likely to have the ability to access such an opportunity otherwise.

Our Offerings:

 Home School Thursdays 

 

Time: 9:30am-11:30am

For Ages: all ages, parents must attend with children

Dates: Every Other Thursday May- September

 

 

May 27

June 10 + June 24

July 8 + July 22

August 5 + August 19

September 2 + September 16


Families who Home School are welcome to visit the farm and spend time learning about the natural world through wild foraging, animal care, gentle farming tasks, group discussions and play in nature. Time together, as community in nature, is the change we wish to see in the world. Come once, come every week, come as you like and are.

 

Please be prepared to be outside the entire time and arrive at 9:30am, we cannot wait for late comers as we may be in the back 40 and no one will be around to receive you. So, if you cannot come on time, please do not come.

 

Canceled on rainy days.

Tuition : Our gift to you.

 Landwise Gatherings 

 

Time: 4pm-6pm

For Ages: all ages, family

Dates: Every Third Sunday from June—September

June 20

July 18

August 15

September 19


Creating community through nature connection, wisdom sharing and a revival of the old ways. Each gathering will reflect the current season and cycle. All are welcome.

Each month staring in June through October we hold space here on the farm for folks to get together in a meaningful way to learn, share and discuss topics such as: re-connecting to land through nature walks, foraging and herbalism, plant and tree identification and plant-spirit connection as well as resiliency skill sharing.

We will also spend time exploring facets of our dominant culture that do not align with positive community growth and find strategies to overcome these conditioned ways.

Cost : just show up with good energy, ready to connect authentically with nature and others.

 

 Summer Resiliency School 

 

Times: varies

For Ages: 7-12, parents welcome to attend

Scholarships: free tuition for black and brown children in McLeod County.

Dates: twice Monthly starting in June-October

 

Each class will begin with play, so the children will be ready to sit for a learning session that will set the theme of the day. Then we will proceed with outdoor experiential learning relative to the curriculum theme. Every afternoon a special nature-based creative craft or team-building exercise will be offered. 

Children will bring their own bagged lunch and snack along with a hat, long sleeved shirt and water bottle.

 

Tuition-Free for black, brown and LGBTQ children.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 23

FOUNDATION CLASS South Central Minnesota Ecology 101 ·  Regenerative Agriculture + Food Systems  ·  Plant I.D. & Wild Foraging  ·  Animal Connection

SATURDAY JULY 10

HERBAL TEA HARVEST $50 per basket  Crafting your own herbal tea blend from grown and wild herbs. Join us for a two-hour wildcrafting and plant i.d. walk around the farm and native prairie. You'll get a basket for gathering herbs that you can take home to dry for tea. 11 baskets available. Sign Up Now to reserve. Please arrive by 4pm.


THURSDAY JULY 22

SKILL BUILDING Conscious Communication Practice with Nature and Humans ·  Sits Spot Practice · Nature Crafts 

SUNDAY AUGUST 8

MEDICINE DRUM MAKING $175 to cover materials and special instructor fee. Families welcome to attend. For children 11+ and adults.


SUNDAY AUGUST 22  

NATURE CRAFTS AND WILDERNESS GAMES Join us on the Full Moon: Sunday August 22 for an afternoon of connecting with nature through Nature Crafts, Natural Wisdom Teachings and Wilderness Games.

 

For ages 7-12

 

Arrive at NOON

Ends at 3:30ish depending on kids

 

TUITION: $30 per family ( up to 4 kids ) or $15 for one child. Pay cash upon arrival or use PayPal send to a friend to avoid fees to newstoryfarm@icloud.com   Thank you!

 

RSVP By August 20 need a minimum of 5 children for this class to take place.

 

Arrive at noon. Bring hat, snacks water bottle and wear appropriate outdoor clothing and shoes. Kids will make and take home two nature crafts.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12

WILD FORAGING + PLANT FIBER CORDAGE MAKING Join us for a walk around the 70 acre native prairie and forest in search of wild foods. Learn how to identify early Autumnal food and medicinal plants in the wilderness.

You will also get to make your own cordage from plant fibers we find in the native prairie.

This event is 3 hours and includes a short farm tour. Bring hat, water bottle and appropriate shoes for walking in nature.

 

$25 individual

$50 per family

$15 senior

 

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“We agrarians are involved in a hard, long, momentous contest, in which we are so far, and by a considerable margin, the losers. What we have undertaken to defend is the complex accomplishment of knowledge, cultural memory, skill, self-mastery, good sense, and fundamental decency—the high and indispensable art—for which we probably can find no better name than “good farming.” I mean farming as defined by agrarianism as opposed to farming as defined by industrialism: farming as the proper use and care of an immeasurable gift.”
Wendell Berry