Swallowtail Farm is a breathtaking 26-acres piece of land on the western edge of Hillsboro, OR. This land meets the rural vision held for the school with a sweeping expanse of productive farmland, and abundant native habitat in which to explore and learn.
Swallowtail's annual tradition is to hold the first week of school at the Farm. Outdoor School is a wonderful way to bid one last farewell to summer as students and teachers settle back into the school routine, and enliven their joint connection to the earth.
The Farm plays an integral role in the life of the students. In addition to the first week of outdoor school, individual classes visit frequently with lessons and projects specific to their grade-level curriculum. The Farm provides Swallowtail children an opportunity to cultivate respect for the land in many ways: planting & tending gardens, building shelters for wildlife, and caring for farm animals.
Home to a variety of livestock, which are cared for by Farmer Noah and the students, there is also abundant wildlife on the farm.
The Farm is a center of activity for Swallowtail families, hosting many favorite annual events including Ice Cream Social, Farm to Table Dinner, Michaelmas, Harvest Faire, May Faire and the end-of-school family camp-out.
The faculty finds that Waldorf curriculum is greatly enhanced by having this property as a resource.
In addition to serving the Waldorf curriculum, Swallowtail's Farm Campus also plays a greater role in the community at large:
- The Farm produces a weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that delivers fresh produce, grown using biodynamic farming practices. The CSA runs 33 weeks from September through June.
- Livestock are used in our conservation efforts to both restore native habitat, and feed the community.
- Swallowtail Farm has multiple partnerships with Hillsboro public schools, and Federal, state, and local land stewardship agencies. Swallowtail is dedicated to native habitat restoration through conservation agricultural practices, and is committed to building a healthy local food web.
- The Farm hosts Medieval Games, an annual competition among sixth graders from regional Waldorf schools.
- Swallowtail Farm is an educational facility and hosts interns from Marylhurst University’s ESL service learning program, annual visits from freshmen at The Portland Waldorf High School, and hands-on experience for Rogue Farm Corps farm training program.
- The Farm neighbors Camp Ireland, a very large, wooded property owned by the Boy Scouts of America. Swallowtail shares use of its Farm property and the Boy Scouts share their property with Swallowtail.
- Eden Acres, a local non-profit organization that offers outdoor education to children, uses the farm campus for summer camps and home school programs.