Life lessons through gardening
Through live demonstration and interaction, Cottage Home's Environmental Education program teaches students how to meaningfully connect to their environment to create a more sustainable ecosystem.
Paramount School Farm
Cottage Home students visit Paramount Brookside's working farm every quarter. It is an integral part of the school’s STEM curriculum, enabling multi-disciplinary urban agriculture practices.
Connections to the farm begin in the classroom, where teachers use hands-on, visual learning to connect curriculum goals with farm experiences. The environmental education team aims to introduce environmental topics and natural subject matter applicable to each grade level. Whether they're gardening or interacting with our goats, our students experience classroom lessons in real life.
The 1.5-acre Paramount School Farm on the Brookside campus has:
over 2,500 square feet of no-till raised garden beds
a varietal orchard
a native pollinator garden
a 30×50 foot greenhouse
a Learning Garden
a 2,200-gallon water cistern system
an outdoor classroom
a shipping container barn
a chicken coop housing a flock of layers
a dairy goat barn
a bee apiary
a tasting lab/kitchen
Students learn responsibility at the farm. They care for dairy goats, milking them and tending to their needs. The milk from our goats is used for onsite cheese making. Our cheese is sold at four different artisan markets throughout Indianapolis. Students gain a sense of accountability and respect for nature and animals on the farm. The licensed dairy operation is the basis for Paramount’s artisan cheese enterprise.
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