Learn in the Dirt
The farm is the Heart of Golden Bridges School. Situated on Cotter street, our farm is an undeveloped 3⁄4 acre green space in the Excelsior neighborhood. We envision it as a living organism, where all parts, including the individual children and teachers, are interconnected and interdependent, thus contributing to a healthy, balanced, and whole integrated farm. We have a growing animal husbandry program, which currently includes chickens, ducks, and rabbits. We care for several in-ground vegetable gardens, flower beds, a small fruit orchard, and an herb garden, and start many seedlings in our 4’ by 6’ greenhouse. We make our own compost on-site with animal manure and food scraps from our outdoor kitchen. Recently, a parent at our school built a cob oven, which we use to make cornbread and pizza for the students and school festivals. Much of our space has been left “untouched” and overgrown to encourage creative nature play. School events and festivals are hosted on our farm. GBS community gathers for monthly Farm Work Days on the weekend to help with all manner of projects and of course, weeding.
Preschool Farm Curriculum and Key Objectives
Kindergarten Farm Curriculum and Key Objectives
First Grade Farm Curriculum and Key Objectives
Second Grade Farm Curriculum and Key Objectives
Third Grade Farm Curriculum and Key Objectives
Fourth Grade Farm Curriculum and Key Objectives
"Our family chose GBS because of its core mission and dedication to experiential learning in the outdoors. My children are thriving at this school. On days spent at the farm, my son comes home smelling of fennel. He and his classmates know the wild ares of San Francisco and the school farm deeply, and they feel a confidence and responsibility for the farm and for the earth, from all the hours they have spent working, planting and harvesting."