Stone Barns - Extended Campus
The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture serves as an extension of the Pocantico Hills campus one day per week. Through a unique partnership with the Center, Pocantico Hills' students and staff observe and take part in the daily life of a working farm gaining valuable insight on topics such as sustainable agriculture, life science and ecology. In addition, our extended campus is the ideal setting for creative writing, landscape painting, nature studies and staff development.
The Gardening Program - Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Pocantico Hills School Foundation
The Pocantico Hills School, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Foundation have teamed up to develop and support a year-round environmental and gardening program for third and fourth graders. These students meet at the Pocantico Center throughout the school year, where there is an expansive, curriculum-related garden, as well as cold frames and a sizeable climate-controlled greenhouse. Students are empowered to maintain the garden during the appropriate seasons, learning techniques for planting, monitoring, harvesting, and preparing vegetables, fruits, herbs, and edible flowers. Social studies and science themes are investigated and connected constantly in both grades. During the winter months, students visit the greenhouse, which has been transformed into a living classroom. There, third graders study seeds and bulbs, while fourth graders study colonial herbs and propagate the plants for culinary, medicinal, and aromatic uses. The Rockefeller Brothers Fund has generously provided the space, the start-up and maintenance costs of the garden and greenhouse, as well as certain materials and supplies necessary to perpetuate this meaningful program. The Foundation has also funded a substantial portion of the non-consumable supplies used by the students and teachers. The District has funded the transportation, curriculum development costs, and on-site consultant fees.