Our thoughts and goals for the school, our ethos, philosophies on academics and vision is a work in progress; a living and breathing concept that continues to evolve, and we hope will continue to evolve together with the other families that join this project. All soon to be found on this website. In the meantime, we know already from this September 2020 that the children of the Village Forest School will be involved in the harvest, learning the science and nature behind the grapes coming from the vine, to cellar to bottle.
The children will help collect the eggs daily, and learn the basics of creating meals from what we have in our back yard. We hope and plan to eventually have more animals for the children to interact with and help take care of learning the cycle of not only food, but the seasons and the importance of how we interact with nature. The children will help harvest seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as forage for chestnuts, mushrooms and many other wild greens and goodies that our generous hills have to offer us.
The children will spend time both in a 50 square-metre yurt which is being put up in the field right next to the cascina, on a deck overlooking the vineyards; as well as in an indoor space in the main cascina. The yurt is being constructed entirely of natural and non-toxic materials, thanks to Lucie’s biological building experience and knowledge. The yurt will have a wood stove for heating, and compost toilet and sink attached. There will be electricity and running water in the yurt. The children will also spend time in the large second floor space in the cascina that has one big open floor plan with a long shared table for the time they will spend indoors on academics. There is a full kitchen and large bathroom in the indoor classroom for cooking lessons, lunch time and snack time. The only internet will be in this indoor space which will be used only at the discretion of the teachers.
While they are beautiful spaces and important to have, the yurt and the room in the cascina will be second to the wild nature of these hills... the majority of the children’s day will be spent outside exploring our forests and fields, alive and to be shared with all the beautiful living creatures big and small...