Animal Care Vision, Mission, & Goals
Desert Marigold School Animal Care seeks to develop an educational 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.
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.