Avaline Hladych forages for some vegetation in the garden surrounding Whitevale’s Cedar Bridge School. All are welcome to the school’s Mayfair on Sunday.

Avaline Hladych forages for some vegetation in the garden surrounding Whitevale’s Cedar Bridge School. All are welcome to the school’s Mayfair on Sunday.

Whitevale’s Cedar Bridge School hosts Mayfest Sunday

  • May. 13, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Out at Cedar Bridge Farm School in Whitevale, there is a seed being planted, literally, with its young students.

In an effort to bridge the urban/rural gap that is increasingly affecting our communities, the teachers at Cedar Bridge School are creating an opportunity for children to reconnect with their natural environment, with where their food comes from, and participate in the stewardship of the land around them.

In the Waldorf-inspired programs at Cedar Bridge School, biodynamic gardening, farming and care of animals are an integral part of the curriculum.

With the warm weather of spring, the children are able to see the fruits of their hard work in the fall planting daffodil, tulip and garlic bulbs, sprouting through the rich soil. As they wait for the last of the spring frosts to dissipate, preparations for their class vegetable gardens are being made and the children are an integral part of both the planning and care of their own gardens.

The school is nestled between a hillside forest and an organic farm (Vale Farms). Throughout the year, the children experience the changes in the forest around them and at the farm they participate in the care of animals and see the processes of a farm over the course of the seasons. Learning about local food is easy when it’s experienced first hand.

In celebration of spring, the school will be hosting a Mayfest celebration and fundraiser, open to the general public. Children’s activities, music, Maypole dances, pony rides and more will be happening on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 730 Whitevale Rd.  Lumby.

Come out and experience the beauty of spring with us.

Cedar Bridge School is a non-profit organization. To learn more about the school and its programs, check out www.cedarbridgeschool.org.