By Laura Ciociola
Mr. Tony plans for each new kindergarten class to connect with the farm through observation squares within a different 10-acre parcel. This year’s kindergarten class will focus on a section of pine forest, but in future years, restoration may be targeted at a wetland, a neglected field or an overgrazed pasture.
As well as documenting their plots, students also learned how controlled burning can keep the forest healthy. Students planted pine saplings with parent volunteers and many were excited to use the dibble tool all by themselves.
When asked about his favorite part of the day, one kindergartner said, “when the cow jumped out of the fence.”
Mr. Tony is looking forward to a long-term relationship between CLC and Long View Farm. “This year’s kindergartners are helping us to see the longer view for restoring the farm’s soils and forests by looking at it a square foot at a time.”