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Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy
Syrup to Cider: Fall Harvest in Southwest Michigan Fall 2018
Tuesdays, 12:30 - 3:00, Begins September 11
Instructors: Colleen and Tom Hurst email@example.com
Location: GreenFire Gardens, 4329 River Road, Sodus, MI 49126
Ages 5+ Parents stay for all classes.
Additional registration at location is NOT required.
A project based class working with the bountiful harvest of fruit and vegetables in the southwest Michigan region. Students and families will participate in the harvest processing and consuming of crops produced at GreenFire Gardens and neighboring orchards. Expect to make non alcoholic apple and pear cider, dried fruits, apple sauce, basil pesto, sauerkraut, pickles, grape juice and more. Grind corn meal, dig potatoes and carrots, harvest apples, and enjoy fall berry crops. Share in the harvest of a variety of vegetables and learn to prepare for delicious meals.
This is a hands on project based class. Students will work in groups to create products to take home and enjoy. The class takes place on a working market garden farm and orchard. Equipment is available for rapid processing of produce. Families are encouraged to take advantage of the processing equipment and prepare extra product.
Expectations: This is a hands on class. Students will get dirty. Available harvested food will be shared with class participants as equally as possible. In cooking activities we will follow food safety rules. Students must comply. Proper footwear, hairnets, clean hands, knife and heat safety etc. We will be age appropriate in assignments. You will need to provide some of your own containers to bring home the harvest. Extra food and containers may be available at our cost.
Instructors' Qualifications: Colleen and Tom Hurst have many years of growing and putting up our own food. We have a large organic CSA type garden for our own use and provide food to friends and folks in need. This is not a commercial operation. We grow our own food, build stuff, explore and spend as much time outside as possible. We love what we do and are glad to share our knowledge, syrup, fruits and veggies.
*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.
Teacher of Record: Becky Halcombe (K-5) and Mark Ring (6-12)