Kerber’s Farm, a historic farm and market that dates back to the 1940s, will open its first farm school next week.
A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, May 25 at 4 p.m. will launch the school’s mission to teach students the importance of sustainability, organic farming and healthy eating habits.
The farm, at 309 West Pulaski Road, has various vegetable gardens, assorted livestock including laying hens, ducks, pigs, goats and more than a dozen beehives, will give students both classroom training as well as hands-on farming experience.
Nick Voulgaris, the farm’s owner and school founder, says he wants to teach youth about farming and sustainability.
“They can come here and literally plant seedlings, gather vegetables and eggs, and then go into the classroom, which doubles as a cooking studio, to learn original recipes and prepare healthy meals on the spot,” Voulgaris said in a written statement. “Understanding how our food is grown and where it comes from is one of our primary goals.”
Though the school’s main students will be young children, it will be open to folks of all ages with classes for Mommy & Me, Pre-K to 6th grade, middle school, high school, as well as continuing education for adults. The curriculum will include up to 10 classes per week taught by expert science, farming and cooking teachers. A series of individual classes as well as multi-week workshops are available and the school will offer classes all year long. The inaugural semester kicks off May 25 and runs through Labor Day, coinciding with the most abundant farming season on Long Island.
Pricing for classes range from $35 to $50 and scholarships will be available for those in need.
To learn more and register for classes visit: kerbersfarm.com/collections/school