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As the director of a small school for at-risk boys in Providence, RI, I can attest to the value of the Compass School program as it relates to informing a wider population about sustainable practice in farm and gardening.

Our 8th grade class had an opportunity to visit with students from The Compass School earlier this fall and they found the trip to be informational and inspirational. The focus of our trip was an introduction to best practices in school gardening and sustainable practice. The boys had chance be part of student-led tours, a healthy eating “smoothie workshop”, work with caretakers for small farm animals and to perform basic garden “end of year” service. In addition to the farm and garden connections, the boys found value in sharing lunch and recess from students who live in rural and suburban areas.

We are planning to host students from Compass on a second leg of the program early in 2018 and we’ll focus on engaging them in service connected to our garden and to learning more about our neighborhoods and school.

The personnel from Compass connected to the planning and execution of the visit were great to work with. They were professional, courteous and thoughtful in ensuring our “city” students felt respected and at home at their school farm. We very much look forward to continuing to build the bridge between our school communities with the farm and garden program as a hub. The program has my strongest possible recommendation for funding support.

Please contact me if I can help to amplify this recommendation.


John Wolf

The San Miguel School
Providence, RI
401 439 7968