MVCDC at the Farm
Through our successful CultureWorks Power2Give campaign earlier this year, we were able to continue our partnership with the Miami Valley Child Development Centers (MVCDC) in introducing Blairwood Elementary students to the power of nature. For three months, students came every Friday to hike, interact with farm animals, taste fresh produce and just experience being outside in abundant safe green spaces. The progress students made over the course of the program was evident: children were more focused, more comfortable in the natural environment, showed respect for other forms of life, and were more confident and outgoing.
All of this was possible through our generous supporters. Learning Tree Farm and MVCDC would like to thank the following donors:
Beth Englehardt, Ed & Karen Florkey, Terry Meehan, Gail Raucci, TermQuote.com
Leigh Ann & Joseph Fulford, Dona Vella, Elaine Bonner, Jean Ryan
Acorn Financial Services - The Bledsoes, Sally Keyes and Robert Obach, in honor of the wedding of Christy Keyes & Steve Allgood, Marines Lopes, David Ryan
Mike & Pauline Hennessey, in memory of David & Anna Marie Long
Julie Dannemiller, Amy Lopez-Matthews, Tamara Meier, Linda Schaefer, Sheila Shelto, Bob Ryan, Barbara Ryan, in memory of Pat & Mike Ryan
Five anonymous donors.
And especially DP&L Foundation for matching $0.50 for every dollar donated.
Nature Preschool's Mud Kitchen
The Nature Preschool at Learning Tree Farm will host 30 preschoolers each day this fall as they explore their world through the hands on activities in the outdoor classroom, farm, fields, forests and indoor classrooms. Seventy-five percent of the children's time will be spent outdoors for lessons and free play.
The most exciting addition to our preschool building is this amazing mud kitchen, which now graces our outdoor classroom. Recently designed and built by the team at Remodeling Designs of Centerville, our students will now get to exercise their imagination and transform the "pantry" of natural surroundings into a "gourmet meal" on the new custom built mud kitchen.
This kitchen will allow children to enhance their learning through dramatic play. The inviting design allows several children to work and negotiate social skills as well as fine motor development and math and science concepts. Using soil that they dig themselves, water collected in our rain barrels, twigs, pebbles, sand, and flowers there will surely be some excellent mud pies for all!
We are so thankful for owner Erich Egger's generosity and the skills of his project manager, Chad Snow, to make this amazing piece of equipment a reality for the children who will call this special environment "school".
To find out more about Nature Preschool, please contact Education Director, Meredith Florkey, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-847-9004. We are open for tours by appointment this summer on Wednesday mornings. We are also beginning to form an interest list for the 2017-2018 school year.
Thanks to DP&L Foundation, locating and learning at Learning Tree Farm is getting easier! A $5,000 grant was awarded for the improvement of marketing and educational efforts on the property. The installation for two new entrance signs, trail signage and points of interest for the historic structures on the farm is almost complete. Keep an eye out for these information packed signs to learn more about the types of trees and plants on the property, the importance of pollinators, and the uses of the historical structures.
Visit Learning Tree Farm's garden and you can't help but notice that the hands and hearts of our experienced and dedicated staff have helped produce bountiful beds. Our visitors are encouraged to come into the garden and taste test these delicious garden goods, but the curious mouths can't keep up! And since we are all about helping the community, we decided to share the love with some local organizations. Currently, you can find LTF lettuce (and flowers!) at Corner Kitchen, Health Foods Unlimited and all three Dorothy Lane Markets. Boston Stoker is also offering a seasonal drink with LTF mint!
Behind the Scenes: Matt Peterman
When you come to Learning Tree Farm, most likely you interact with our education staff, our directors, or even the founders. But there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that is integral to keeping the farm up and running. Matt Peterman is one of those backstage individuals that works hard to keep the farm going and well maintained so that visitors (and resident animals!) safely enjoy their stay.
Book Fair Foundation
Learning Tree Farm is happy to partner with The Book Fair Foundation, serving as a collection site for donations of gently used books on all subjects for adults and children, movies, CDs, board games, puzzles and records. These items will be collected and sold at the the Book Fair in November. The proceeds from the sales will not only benefit Learning Tree Farm, but the K12Gallery TEJAS and FilmDayton as well.