“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach of us more than we can ever learn from books.” –John Lubbock
The Good Earth is a 12 acre property located roughly 3 miles east of Shueyville. Our house and Education Center are perched on top of a hill and overlooks the beautiful valley below. We currently have a prairie in which we are trying to restore, woodlands, a century old barn, 2 chicken coops, a indoor classroom area, and an incredibly cute outhouse! In addition to all of that, one of our favorite parts about the farm is that there is a beautiful, clear, sandy-bottom creek running through the valley. It is perfect for wading and exploring. There are several spots along the banks that make nice private beaches. The opportunities are endless for children’s curiosities to run wild at The Good Earth!
We have several animals at TGE as well! As of now, we have 20+ free-range, egg-laying hens and (depending on the time of year) a large number of broilers. We also have friendly Nigerian Dwarf goats that love to roam around the farm and pasture. In January of 2018 we were also fortunate to acquire a handful baby ducklings that are part of our farm family!
Our curriculum is centered around 3 basic principles:
1. Building Relationships with people, animals, and nature.
2. Developing Character: responsibility, independence, and perseverance
3. Fostering Curiosity in our environment.
We feel strongly about teaching children where their food comes from. We also are committed to giving our animals the best life, healthy foods, and plenty of space to roam about.
We are always continuing to build large garden spaces for vegetables, flowers and fruits. We’ve worked hard to clear a large area for our gardens and are very pleased with the fruits of our labor! We would like all of the children to be very much involved in the growing, preparing, eating, and preserving of food grown right on the farm!
The Good Earth is intended to be a place where children and adults can get away from the stresses of life and enjoy being outdoors.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks” -John Muir