DMS Animal Care Vision & Mission
Desert Marigold School Animal Care seeks to develop an educational biodynamic farm that supports organic living, environmental sustainability, and good stewardship of the Earth.
The Desert Marigold School includes the care and use of farm animals in the Waldorf curriculum as part of its campaign for environmental sustainability by making the barnyard an integral part of biodynamic farming and reinforcing the intrinsic value of animals on quality of life.
Introduction to Why We Have the Animals
Biodynamic farming at Desert Marigold School is an integral part of Waldorf teaching methods. In early childhood academic development, animals provide the basis for fantastic fairytale realms, and as our children grow, their connections with the animals and plants of the natural world serve to build a greater understanding of their own selves. Our barnyard at Desert Marigold School is central to the school’s emphasis on environmental sustainability. In addition to their aesthetic value, the farm animals that live at the school provide composting fodder that amends the soil in the community garden, and their presence reinforces in our children the intrinsic value of animals as part of our existence. Animals provide food; animals bring wonder of adaptation and survival; and animals provide the avenue by which people learn about trust, assertiveness, and unconditional love. Caring for animals teaches children empathy, responsibility, and a sense of personal reward for doing good work.
Though our children are responsible for the care of the Desert Marigold School farm animals, ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Animal Care Coordinator(s) to oversee the health and well-being of the animals and to supervise our children as they develop their knowledge and skills about caring for farm animals. We collectively ensure that our barnyard companions are healthy, happy, and receive proper care. It is a communal responsibility to feed and bed down the animals everyday, including weekends, holidays, and school breaks, and maintain the barnyard for the safety and health of our animals. Caring for animals is fun and peaceful work. Please contact the Animal Care Coordinator(s) for information about how you can help care for our barnyard friends.
Students & Parent Volunteers are asked to contribute time to working in the barnyard mucking out stalls, scrubbing water buckets, cleaning up the sty, raking up the barnyard & hauling stall manure & barnyard refuse to the appropriate designated areas at the garden. This program gives children & parents the opportunity to work together to care for our animals.
Volunteering reinforces in your children the lessons of team work, sharing, commitment, and the love of meaningful experiences. Our animals are cared for exclusively by volunteers. Anyone of any size or age can help with the care of our animals – there is a job for everyone! If you or your family would like to become more involved with Animal Care, please contact the Animal Care Coordinators.