Sacred Seeds leader Rafael Ocampo explains the motivations and methods...
Kindle Farm School
Kindle Farm is a community of individuals dedicated to serving local and regional youth, families, and communities by providing alternative educational and therapeutic programs for boys. Our mission is to provide a physically and emotionally safe school environment using a combination of diverse activities, strong supervision and guidance so students can discard old patterns and habits, and discover and practice new ways to communicate, problem-solve, and learn more effectively.
The students served by Kindle Farm often face a mix of academic, social, emotional and behavioral challenges that hamper their ability to learn in a traditional school setting. Our school offers a combination of academic challenges, vocational and arts experiences, and therapeutic recreation carefully designed to meet the needs of our students.
The partnership between Kindle Farm and Sacred Seeds fits beautifully into our mission. Through this partnership, native plants that are used for medicine crafts and food are being studied, planted and honored by our students. Integrated into our curriculum are vocational projects that will teach our students about sustainable landscaping practices that utilize a whole systems approach. Not only will this garden preserve regional biodiversity but our educators will have a living laboratory to explore local cultural and global connections while developing career skills with their students.
Our circular Sacred Seeds garden complete with outdoor classroom space consists of over 18 native plants and flowers researched and picked by the students themselves. This ties in with our mission of creating community and developing relationships while teaching important skills and ideas outside of a traditional classroom environment.