More About the Farmessori
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 Italian Bees for pollination!
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) are used in the student microeconomy program. The junior high class creates and sells items with the proceeds funding further projects in the Farmessori / microeconomy.
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.
- Farmessori Photos
- Farmessori Fast Facts
- WLWT-TV Farmessori Story
- WXIX-TV Farmessori Story
- Growing & Learning: Cincy Magazine November 2017
- More about the Erdkinder & Microeconomy Program
Mercy’s Groovy Smoothie and Mercy’s Natural Tea are the first products of the Farmessori. Use the links below to visit the product websites created by Mercy students!
The BEES have landed!
In April of 2018, the Mercy Montessori community welcomed 20,000 bees! With the help of the bee team, the junior high can use bee related products like honey and wax to make candles and even soap. Although it takes a few years to get a significant amount of honey, in a few years we could get 60-70 pounds of honey per hive (we have two)! The bee team is ready and excited for this new challenge. See more photos here.
Josie, Avery, Phillip, and Paul- The Bee Committee
Our Hardworking Student Teams
Take a Tour of the Farmessori
Video directed and produced by Lucas and Jonathan
Video directed and produced by Sal, Trey, and Harley