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More About the Farmessori

Mercy is home to a unique farm-to-table and microeconomy learning program.  The Farmessori features a greenhouse, raised garden beds, rain barrels, a chicken coop, and Italian Bees for pollination!

In the Mercy Montessori spirit, this garden space was built with the help of student, family, and alumni volunteers. Together they constructed the garden beds, fencing, chicken coop and greenhouse.

Products produced in the Farmessori (produce, herbs, honey, eggs, etc) are used in the student microeconomy program. The junior high class creates and sells items with the proceeds funding further projects in the Farmessori / microeconomy.

This program follows the Erdkinder philosophy developed by Maria Montessori.  Erdkinder is German for “land children”.  In our society, the farm model became the Montessori foundation for this work of the adolescent.  She believed that the work on the land would open up their understanding of the society they are about to join.  

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