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Farming and Education both rely on faith. We must trust the process. We trust that when we plant a seed in the spring it will grow and allow us a good harvest. We trust that by giving children our undivided attention, plenty of time and materials they will learn. Farmers and teachers have to be optimists.

Learning Tree Farm was founded on faith. Faith by a few educators that if children were given wide open spaces, access to nature and animals and people they could count on, those children would grow, learn, and become confident individuals. Forty-two years later those visitors come back and share their stories with us. The memories and lessons learned have stayed with these members of our community and are being passed down to a new generation.

Learning Tree Farm has faith in its new crop this year. Sunflowers will grace our center field as a backdrop to all that goes on in late spring and summer. Sunflowers are more pollinator friendly and less fertilizer intense than the traditional crops of soybeans and corn. It is our hope that in addition to enjoying their beauty, we will be supporters of all of the pollinators that ensure the success of our garden and orchard each year.

Success is not achieved by faith alone though. Hard work and preparation are what allow farmers and educators to be sure that the crops will grow and the children will thrive. The staff at Learning Tree Farm has worked hard to provide several opportunities for our friends to show their support this spring. Our ongoing 2015 Sunflower Campaign will allow patrons to purchase sunflower kits, plant them at home and measure their growth as compared to our own sunflower field via social media.  This capital campaign will support our efforts to refurbish the back patio of the Century House.

Check out all that Learning Tree Farm has to offer this spring! We have faith that you’ll love what you find!

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