Swallowtail Farm Campus

The first week of each school year is spent at the Farm.

The first week of each school year is spent at the Farm.

Swallowtail owns 26-acres of farmland on the western edge of Hillsboro. This land meets the rural vision held for our school with a quaint farmhouse and barn, a sweeping expanse of productive farmland, and a meandering creek.

Swallowtail's annual tradition is to hold the first week of each new school year at the farm. It is a wonderful way to bid one last farewell to summer as students and teachers settle back into the school routine.

Each class has its own farm curriculum, guided by our Farm Steward, Noah Marquis. Our entire school goes to the farm once a month during the school year and individual classes frequently make their own trips with lessons and projects specific to their grade-level curriculum. The farm provides Swallowtail children the opportunity to cultivate respect for the land in many ways: planting & tending gardens, building shelters for wildlife, and caring for farm animals. 

Farm animals are cared for by students and Farmer Noah.

Farm animals are cared for by students and Farmer Noah.

The farm is home to a variety of livestock, which are cared for by Farmer Noah and the students. There is also abundant wildlife in the area. 

The Farm is a center of activity for Swallowtail families, as it is host to many of our favorite annual events: Michaelmas, Harvest Faire, May Faire and our end-of-school family camp-out. It is also home to our unique Farm & Nature Mondays program that serves Pre-K through Grade 8 and is open to both enrolled students and homeschooled students in the area.

Our faculty finds that Waldorf curriculum is greatly enhanced by having this property as a resource.