Educational Institutions

PIONEER VALLEY WALDORF SCHOOL ASSOCIATION INC

  • Hadley, MA
  • www.hartsbrook.org

Mission Statement

The Hartsbrook School was founded in 1981 in South Amherst by a group of parents and supporters of the Waldorf education movement. Located in a house on the property of a biodynamic farm, the fledgling institution included one teacher and a handful of kindergarteners.
Today, the Hartsbrook School continues to thrive enrolling over 260 students from early childhood through grade twelve at our campus in Hadley. Our 54-acre campus, with pastoral views of farmland, woodlands, streams, and the Seven Sisters hills of the Holyoke Range, enhances and deepens our students' daily experiences. We integrate the vibrant cultural and intellectual life of the Five College area with a strong commitment to living sustainably and in community here in western Massachusetts. Our faculty and staff are a multi-generational group who strive to support each other in our shared work.
The inspiration of our founding teachers continues to guide the direction of our school today. We take our mission seriously – our faculty and staff are “dedicated to nurturing the unique spirit of each child. Our program from early childhood through the high school integrates academic, artistic and practical work to awaken clarity of thought, warmth of heart, and strength of purpose. Through joy in learning, kinship with nature, and working in community we prepare students to meet the challenges of the future and to find purpose and direction in their lives."

Main Programs

  1. Land Stewardship Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

ruling year

1982

Principal Officer

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NOAH SMITH

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Also Known As

The Hartsbrook School

EIN

04-2734173

 Number

2251632216

Physical Address

193 Bay Road 193 Bay Road

Hadley, MA 01035

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Land Stewardship Program

The Land Stewardship Program at the Hartsbrook School (link is external) has, like the school itself, grown out of the very soil upon which this school is planted. More than 20 years ago, the fledgling program was slowly finding its way into the life and learning of our students, beginning as field trips to a local bio-dynamic farm (Brookfield Farm CSA (link is external)) to join in a variety of seasonal planting and harvesting activities, then expanding to other area farms, patiently waiting for the opportunity where a full program could start to be realized at the school itself. Fast forward to today, with an almost full curriculum in place that encompasses the kindergarten, elementary, middle and high school, supporting students as they work and learn about the many pressing issues that affect our relationship with the earth.
Even the name has changed over these years to reflect the nuanced differences in how we think of connecting with the earth. It has taken many long hours of discussion and debate for the committee responsible for the oversight of the agricultural work at Hartsbrook (The Land Stewardship Committee) to find the right name that encapsulates all that we bring to our children and community through this program. What is the right word, term or phrase to use when the intent is to provide our students the tools with which to become sensitive, informed young citizens who are cognizant of the complex issues that challenge a healthy relationship to our ability to feed and nourish ourselves? We recognize that true understanding arises from a true connection, and so for each student who cares for an animal at the Farmstead, or learns how to grow a vegetable and plant grains, or overcomes the “stinkiness” of the composting class to marvel at the process of transformation, looks into a hive of honeybees while slowly growing to understand how essential these tiny creatures are to our very health and well being.
These students, regardless of what work they choose as their profession, will have come to understand the intrinsic value of knowing how to care for this earth so that we can in turn be nourished. It has become clear to us that we are educating our students to become stewards of the earth; this land, that does not actually belong to us but which we need to take responsibility for -- that is the true meaning of being a steward. And so, The Land Stewardship Program was given its name.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$133,196

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

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PIONEER VALLEY WALDORF SCHOOL ASSOCIATION INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
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Principal Officer

NOAH SMITH

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