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Online Farm Extension: DIY Videos, Virtual Lessons, Favorite Recipes, and More!

We're bringing the farm to YOU!

Our staff members are working hard to bring the farm home to you during this time! Every day until the farm re-opens, you can find new videos, lessons, and projects on our Facebook page. All summer long, look out for animal spotlights, nature walks, veterinary science lessons, DIY garden projects, cooking demonstrations, and more. See you on the screen!

Cooking with Farmer Sharon: Recipes from the Garden!

Every Saturday, the Bowers School Farm produce stand is open to the public to bring you fresh produce harvested from our garden and greenhouse! Our latest harvest is one of our favorites: Raspberries!

Try this spicy raspberry honey recipe!

If you have a favorite recipe you have created using what you purchased, please feel free to share it with Sharon Ray at sray@bloomfield.org. She is going to include some of your favorite dishes in future weekly posts, as well as in the monthly newsletter. 

We look forward to sharing some tasty recipes with each other as our garden grows!


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Dear Bowers Community, 

We have BIG NEWS to share with you. With the cancellation of field trip programs and our summer science camps, we’ve really missed seeing all of our friends. Many health experts have agreed that being outdoors is one of the safest activities, for the  physical, social, and emotional health of children and our community. We are also aware of the powerful affect animals have on our lives. For these reasons, we have worked tireless to develop a plan to open the farm this summer.  

Starting July 25th, the Farm will be opening our new Visitor Center Farm Store, featuring fresh produce from the farm, MSU Dairy Store Ice Cream, and local farm products. We will also be launching a farm membership program, allowing annual access to the farm on special days throughout the week. This includes special activities that will allow you to get up close with some of your favorite farm animals!

We will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM to 7PM, and Saturdays from 10AM to 9PM. Stay tuned and check the website for more information. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Farm!

Sincerely, 

Alan Jaros

Director

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Now more than ever, it is important for us to support those around us who may be in need. Detroit has been a national hotspot for COVID-19 and has been hit especially hard during this crisis. Detroit is also one of many major cities across the country that is protesting against police brutality. Consider how you can aid your loved ones and our community during this time. Here are a few ways to start: 

Donate to the Detroit Justice Center to promote racial justice in Southeast Michigan. 

Donate to We the People of Detroit's Water Warriors in order to provide water for Detroiters who are waiting for the city to restore their water service.

Volunteer to deliver meals to Yad Ezra families across Metro-Detroit.

 

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Fresh from the Farm Stand! Open Saturdays 10am-1pm and Thursdays 4-7pm

Every week, stop by the Bowers Farm for fresh produce from our garden! On Saturdays from 10am-1pm and Thursdays from 4pm-7pm, you can buy local, sustainably grown produce from our farm stand in the 1223 Square Lake Road parking lot. All shopping is self-serve style with online payment.

Please note: We are NOT taking pre-orders at this time.

See you there!

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Written by Brooke Larm

Technology has become an ever more prominent part of our lives in the midst of a pandemic. It has served as the principal mode of communication among friends and family members over the past months and allowed us to stay connected in a time of isolation. It also shifted the way we think about where and how to accomplish work, as well as spurred many of us to reimagine the future of education of our children and youth. Despite the many benefits, we will need to proceed with caution as we plan for the future, particularly when it comes to the healthy growth and development for our youngest children. A recent study conducted by researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center discovered that excessive screen use among preschoolers ages 3 to 5 resulted in “lower microstructural integrity of white matter tracts in parts of the brain that support language and literacy skills.” The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a restriction on screen use for children ages 2-5 to one hour per day of high-quality programming, co-viewed with a parent or caregiver. Beyond the age of 5 years, the AAP recommends families create a plan that reflects personalization and balance. 

What should we, as parents, caregivers, and educators, consider as we develop plans for the future?

Time in Nature

The benefits of time spent in nature are extensive, including reduced stress, increased ability to focus and think creatively, and increased physical activity. For more information on the benefits, read on here and here. For guidance on spending time outdoors safely during a pandemic, visit REI’s #RecreateResponsibly here. Download the AllTrails app to discover hiking trails in the area, visit Bloomfield Hills Schools E.L. Johnson Nature Center, or head out into your own backyard!

Play

Play is essential to healthy child development. Play cultivates cognitive growth, creative thinking, confidence, independence, social skills, and physical fitness. Families can encourage opportunities ripe for play by providing loose parts, engaging in play through music, dance, games, or physical activities as a family, spurring pretend play with materials and stories, heading outside, and allowing for boredom to spark creative ideas. See this resource from the Harvard Graduate School of Education or this one from the AAP for more on the benefits and ideas for encouraging playful learning at home. Don’t think play is just reserved for children. Youth and adults can benefit, too!

Social-Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is core to healthy, whole child development. While time in nature and play support SEL, consideration to creating and maintaining personal connections with others is also critical to children and youth’s overall well-being. Families will need to seek creative ways to do so and this resource, as well as this one, can help. For families with young children, see this resource from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Also integral to social-emotional development and learning is talking about race and preventing and responding to prejudice. Both this resource and this guide can support families in doing so.

Literacy

Daily opportunities to engage children and youth in literacy set them up for success. Opportunities for children and youth to read independently and with parents and caregivers can reap benefits well into the future. This resource from the Graduate School of Education can support families in raising strong readers. Read this article to help you select books for young children that are diverse and culturally responsive.

Brooke Larm

Farm- and Nature-Based Educator

Parent of a 4th Grader

 

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Online Farm Extension: DIY Videos, Virtual Lessons, Favorite Recipes, and More!

We're bringing the farm to YOU!

Our staff members are working hard to bring the farm home to you during this time! Every day until the farm re-opens, you can find new videos, lessons, and projects on our Facebook page. All summer long, look out for animal spotlights, nature walks, veterinary science lessons, DIY garden projects, cooking demonstrations, and more. See you on the screen!

Cooking with Farmer Sharon: Recipes from the Garden!

Every Saturday, the Bowers School Farm produce stand is open to the public to bring you fresh produce harvested from our garden and greenhouse! Our latest harvest is one of our favorites: Raspberries!

Try this spicy raspberry honey recipe!

If you have a favorite recipe you have created using what you purchased, please feel free to share it with Sharon Ray at sray@bloomfield.org. She is going to include some of your favorite dishes in future weekly posts, as well as in the monthly newsletter. 

We look forward to sharing some tasty recipes with each other as our garden grows!

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What's New on the Farm?

Join our Team!

We have a few positions available for immediate hire. Check out the Guest Services Associate and Farm and Nature Center Operations Coordinator roles. Apply today! 

Apply for our Steward Volunteer Program!

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer at the farm and teach our visitors about the agriculture and animals of Bowers School Farm?

Then the Steward Volunteer Program is for you! We are looking for community members over the age of 16 to serve the farm this summer. For $25, you'll get a limited edition volunteer t-shirt, an optional discounted farm membership, food during your training session, and the opportunity to serve and experience the farm from a different perspective! For some, it may even lead to future farm employment!

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete this survey. Applications should be submitted by July 12th for consideration. For questions regarding this opportunity, please email ksteketee@bloomfield.org.

Volunteer in the Bowers Garden!

Are you looking for an amazing opportunity to volunteer, learn about gardening, and build community? Look no further! Join us in the Bowers Garden on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9a-12p. Email Emily Zonder (ezonder@bloomfield.org) for more information.

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