Mercy is home to a unique farm-to-table and micro economy learning program. The Farmessori features a greenhouse, raised garden beds, rain barrels, and will have Italian Bees for pollination (Spring 2018)!
In the Mercy Montessori spirit, this garden space was built with the help of student, family, and alumni volunteers. Together they constructed the garden beds, fencing, and greenhouse.
Products produced in the Farmessori (produce, herbs, honey, etc) will be used in the student microeconomy program. The junior high class will create and sell items with the proceeds funding further projects in the Farmessori / microeconomy.
The first product will be The Groovy Smoothie!
This program follows the Erdkinder philosophy developed by Maria Montessori. Erdkinder is German for “land children”. In our society, the farm model became the Montessori foundation for this work of the adolescent. She believed that the work on the land would open up their understanding of the society they are about to join.