Farm classes support the State curriculum in Science, History and Social Studies, reinforcing with hands-on activity what the students are learning in their schools. Students learn in small groups with specially trained docents in an outdoor classroom.
45 schools in 13 San Francisco Bay Area cities participate every year.
This program is so popular that every September, teachers compete in a lottery for enrollment in the 200 classes offered.
If you are an elementary school teacher interested in these classes, contact the Farm staff:
The Farm also has a complete replica of Ohlone Village where students learn about the daily life of the area’s original inhabitants. Students grind acorns, visit an underground sweathouse, play a traditional hoop and spear game. They learn about flintknapping, cooking and fire-starting.
Friends of Deer Hollow Farm “FODHF” pays for half the classes, ensuring that schools in poorer neighborhoods can attend the outstanding program.
School classes are eligible for scholarships from FODHF if more than one-third of the class or school is on the Federal Lunch Program, an indicator of need.
Classes are held September through May (excluding Mondays).