• Frank Andrews

Ms. J's Place February 2020

Updated: Apr 23

February flew by here at the Farmstead! The students had a blast this month playing in, what felt like, a whole year’s worth of weather. Between the warm, sunny days, the rainy days and the snowy days, Mother Nature surely kept us on our toes! The heavy rains aligned nicely with the emotional theme of the Snow Moon, “Renew.” Rain is a great representation of this concept, as it washes away the old and is a major component of new growth. I have also enjoyed thinking about this idea in the context of the tree work we are having done here on campus. I’ll be honest, I’ve shed many tears (and I’m sure more are to come) over the loss of so many beautiful trees in our forest. Those trees were an important part of our forest; they provided shade, beauty, and habitat for our forest friends. They served us well, and then they got too old, became unhealthy, and began to pose a threat to our well being. As we remove them, we open up space in the forest and new types of plants that can thrive with more sunlight and provide habitat for different types of critters. Our forest isn’t being lost, it is evolving. It is often the same in our lives; when we let go of old practices, relationships, or ideas that are no longer serving us in a healthy way, we open space for new practices, relationships, and ideas that will ultimately lead us toward a healthier, happier version of ourselves. Is there a place in your life in need of renewal?

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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