WILD ROSE FARM
Wild Rose Farm connects children to the earth and to each other. We believe that outside is the best place to be.
To play, to learn and to grow. Education through farm and forest.
In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nature, Nurture, and Nourish on the Farm and in the Forest
Wild Rose Farm offers rich and immersive programs year-round. Choose from the 'Rosebud' program for the young child; the 'Forest Club' a supplementary outdoors education and hands-on engagement program for homeschoolers; the 'Afternoon Farm & Forest Adventure' program that aligns with the changing Seasons and our immersive programs which include 'Winter Carnival' and 'Summer Camp' both held during school vacations.
Playing and Learning
We started Wild Rose Farm with an intention. To bring children into nature through farm and forest. To gently hold them and encourage their sense of wonder, curiosity, their natural playfulness and to learn from each other. Wild Rose is a unique program where children are encouraged to use all their senses in all seasons. At Wild Rose the children experience reverence for their environment in a playful spirit.
Caring and Connected
We come together from diverse backgrounds and bring rich experiences to build a program that empowers, nourishes, and inspires children to play and learn on the farm and in nature.
Biodynamic Farmer, Founder of Wild Rose Farm, Guide
Lincoln Geiger is founder of Wild Rose Farm, home of its parent organization, Gaia Education Outreach (GEO) Institute. He grew up in rural southern Sweden, where the land with its ancient roots was still alive in its people. He started farming at the age of 18, inspired by the ways of his village and the vibrant Swedish Biodynamic movement, which he joined for a life dedicated for a renewal of agriculture. He inspired and created the Swedish collective Mother Earth with his brother Chris where he worked as gardener, farmer and miller for seven years. In 1979 he immigrated to Temple, New Hampshire where he started a small farm, and in 1986 co-founded the Temple-Wilton Community Farm (TWCF) which helped spark the idea of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in the US. Working there with the dairy cows, the pastures and hay lands for over 30 years, he always invited children as well as adults to join him in the work on the farm. Now working as the Director and Farmer/Educator of Wild Rose Farm NH/Gaia Education Outreach (GEO) Institute, he shares with the children knowledge and stories of his beloved farm, fields and forests every day.
SARAH BETH CHADZYNSKI
Sarah Beth is a life-long educator and is a soon-to-be graduate of Antioch University's Master's in Education for Sustainability program. During her time at Antioch, she has worked with a variety of well known educators that are on the cutting edge of pedagogical development. Sarah Beth has worked with David Sobel to develop the curriculum of this program. Her undergraduate degree was a B.F.A in education which has given her a variety of teaching strategies and exposed her to Project Zero. Over the last ten plus years, Sarah has worked in a variety of learning environments from schools to community centers in both the United States as well as abroad. She has developed her teaching portfolio to include expanded learning in Gentle Teaching Methods as well as the International Baccalaureate program. Sarah, along with her partner Peter, are co-directors of their educational non-profit that has brought learning gardens coupled with curriculum development to schools across the nation and has now found its roots sinking deep into New England with sustainable farming and place-based learning.
Nicole comes with many gifts to share with the children. She is passionate about supporting local food and community. While living in Wilton, NH she started a community garden (which has been active for many years) and re-birthed the town farmers market. She has been part of a Community Center Committee, the 'Wilton NH Main Street Association', as well as the local transition group.
Morningstar brings a background steeped in education, healing arts, Native American studies, primitive skills, storytelling, and building. Children appreciate her gentle ways, deep appreciation for Mother Nature, and skill in bringing a sense of sacredness to everyday experiences.
WILL AND KELLY MINEHART
Will and Kelly Minehart come to Wild Rose Farm with a passion for fostering connection to the natural world. Will is a class teacher at Pine Hill Waldorf School at High Mowing and has worked in Waldorf Education for 7 years. A lifelong lover of birds and the outdoors, Will found his way into education through his work in nature-based camps and ecological institutes as well as work in trail maintenance and ornithological research. He taught Environmental Science/Studies in a public high school and as an adjunct at a State University of New York (SUNY) before completing his Waldorf Education training at Antioch University. Kelly also has a work history teaching Environmental Science/Studies at the high school and college level, and work experience in forestry and holistic agriculture. She wishes to weave her love for ecology with handwork, and last year completed her Applied Arts Teacher Training at the Fiber Craft Studio in Chestnut Ridge, NY. She is currently home with their 4 children in Wilton, NH.
Zoë's favorite way to spend her days is outside with children, whether exploring trails in the Monadnock region, stargazing in her backyard, or discovering hidden parks and playgrounds in cities around the world. She is excited to share her enthusiasm for the outdoors, love of adventure, and her training in Early Childhood Education with the children of Wild Rose Farm.
When she's not having adventures with her husband and two children (or even sometimes when she is), Zoë works as the Director of Religious Education at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church and is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Monadnock Underground, 'A Journal of Thought and Spirit'.
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16 Badger Farm Road Wilton NH 03086