January Farm Day, Grade 2


Grade two worked hard hauling soil and compost to build a cold frame with Farmer Noah and Mister Ron.

And whala! The finished result thanks to some hard weekend work by our dedicated Farm Committee Chair, Mindy Laird-Garcia. Mindy was also helped by participants in the Washington County Correctional departments WILOJ (Work In Lieu Of Jail) program. Through Mindy’s help in arranging this free labor the school has already received over 100 man hours of much needed on the ground labor. Thank you Mindy!


January Farm Day 2014/ Grade 1

Ms Annette’s First grade class washed Iris tubers. The children were very creative using the single hose. Some of the boys took advantage of the water puddles under the picnic table to wash the muddy tubers too.This is a two part project. Next week, the children will cut designs into sliced potatoes and then potato paint designs on small paper bags. They will bring the finished bags to the next Farm Day, February 14, and place divided dry tubers inside. The tubers will be available for purchase during the May Day Festival. The proceeds will go towards farm related improvements.

The children put their finger knitting skills to work and finger knitted piles of row covers.The “yarn’ was so heavy, they worked in pairs, one to hold up the row covers and the other to knit.

Small steps

       This little beauty is a Willamette Valley Ponderosa Pine and was planted along with 90 other trees along our northern border as part of Chris Eastham’s Eagle Scout project.  Quite a unique species adapted to Western Oregon’s wet winters and dry summers, it has the potential to become an iconic giant.
 Chis along with his family and friends put in approximately 65 man hours of time preparing the ground for this planting. It is part of the 1.5 acre NRCS restoration project on our northern property line. Prior to Chris’ efforts there was 25 hours of tractor work done, and 40 hours of manual blackberry removal to open up the ground. On top of that, the 7th/8th grade is poised to complete their site prep at the next farm day and put in an additional 75 trees. The bulk of the trees will go into this area in the spring of 2015 after we have established a native cover. Presently most of the ground is in oats and clover sown by Ms. Ingrid’s hard working crew last October. (Well… may by not so much on the oats anymore after all this cold!)

Hello from Becky Eastham and Farmer Noah,

Welcome to the Swallowtail School and Farm’s newly awakened blog. Along with the amazing gifts and treasures that our school’s main campus offers, we are also blessed with a magical 25.4-acre piece of farm land that will soon be our home and resting place. A lot has been happening on our farm in recent months, so over the next week we will try and give a brief recap of some of the great things that have taken place before moving forward with weekly posts. The idea is to keep all of those interested abreast of what’s happening on our land, and connected to the plethora of learning opportunities that naturally develop on a living farm organism.