• Frank Andrews

Lala's Latest April 2020

Dear Farmstead Family, March was an unprecedented month around the Farmstead. Fairly early in the month it was clear that the novel coronavirus COVID-19 was going to have impact in our small mountain community. What started out as more hand washing, stricter sick policy, and increased sanitizing of high touch points eventually led to the Governor closing schools until at least May 15th, 2020. Getting the news of the almost two-month closure of schools thrust everyone into circumstances that were uncertain, challenging and new. The Farmstead is committed to the community we serve and the employees

aof the school which are its lifeblood. We knew we needed to respond and lead during this time with kindness and compassion to the best of our ability. The Farmstead was blessed to be in a position to assure our staff that they would continue to receive their pay at least through April as well as offer our families the ability to opt out of paying their April invoice or donate it towards the staff's payroll. The Farmstead also knew it needed to do a pivot during this time to support our families and followers who are now at home with their children during this time. We made some changes to what we are putting out on Facebook and Instagram; Monday - Friday story read by staff, and more activities that can be done at home. Additionally we started to create weekly learning activities for our current families. These weekly learning activities are based off of our Littlest Learners K-1 program and adapted for parents to lead. They have been really well received by our families and we want to open them up to our newsletter followers if they are interested. They are sent out weekly on Monday mornings and if you are interested in starting to receive them please email me at Lauren@ashevillefarmstead.org and we will get you added to the distribution list! In times like these where communities and businesses are impacted greatly we believe there is nothing better than supporting local business. Small businesses help stimulate economic growth, create meaningful jobs, and keep money close to home by supporting neighborhoods and the community they do business in. Many small business owners participate in local organizations by sponsoring teams, participating in community events and donating to local nonprofits (like us!). So, it’s not just an impact on the local economy, it’s also about being a member of the community and improving that community on many levels. While the Farmstead is currently not running programs at the school we have every intention to re-open when we are told we can and when we do we hope to support as many local businesses as we can for the supplies we will need. Should you have the ability and desire, to support our local community by purchasing gift cards for us to use at our favorite business which are: Marketing: Henco Garden/Property/Chicken: Ag Care Candler Tractor Supply 4x4 country and cub cadet - Asheville Painters Greenhouse Asheville Mulch Yard Ace Hardware Candler Art Supplies: Joes cheap art Professional Development: Landmark Learning (first aid) Ideally these gift cards are digital and can be emailed to Lauren@ashevillefarmstead.org, alternatively they can be mailed to 218 Morgan Cove Road Candler NC 28715. Our small community of business including the Farmstead will be deeply grateful for any support during these uncertain and uncharted times. The Farmstead cannot wait to open back up and continue to connect children with nature at our school and remember we are in this together and we will get through this time! Farmstead Love, Lala

Asheville Farmstead School's

 Executive Director and Lead Teacher

Lauren Brown has her M. Ed. in Science Education, keeps her Wilderness First Responder certification current, is certified in the Cedarsong way of Forest Kindergarten teaching as well as a certificate in Environment, Education, and Community.  She has been passionately pursuing the Farmstead dream full time since May 2016!

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