Heartstone School and Summer Camp

Farming Adventure Camp

Stay tuned for 2018 Session dates and information!

SESSION 1: July 5-7, 2017 • 9am-1pm, Ages 4-6, $125

SESSION 2: August 14-17, 2017 • 9am-2pm, Ages 7-11, $195

For both sessions, children will spend the whole day outdoors, starting with morning chores at Plum Forest Farm caring for the animals, then moving onto the specific work of the season.  Activities include harvesting, planting, preparing food, and eating farm crops.

Session 2: After our farm work and play, we will pack up our lunches and hike to a different natural area each day.  Our hikes will lead us to Island Center Forest and Land Trust properties at Matsuda Farm, Judd Creek, and Singer Farm where we will explore the wild beauty, life and abundance of summer on Vashon Island.  Expect games, singing and adventurous wandering.  Parents will pick up their children at these different sites, all within 2 miles of the farm, at the end of the day.

Instructors: Joanne Jewell, Rose and Mira Peterson


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Heartstone PreSchool/Kindergarten

In Fall of 2013, Joanne Jewell became director and lead teacher of Heartstone preschool which moved here to Plum Forest Farm.

Heartstone School curriculum is inspired by Rudolf Steiners’ Waldorf kindergarten and is infused with wild nature and the cultivated farm that is the school’s home.  Children spend about half of their day year-round outdoors on the farm and in the woods, then come inside for lunch, art, cooking and story.  Children get to know and help care for the farm animals, learn the rhythm of the seasons and farm tasks, and taste the food that is coming from the earth throughout the year.

The school is a gentle first step away from home for the young child and meets two days a week Tuesday  and Thursday, from 9:30-1:30. Heartstone welcomes children ages 3 1/2 -6.  We are currently answering inquiries about our 2017-18 program. Cost for the 2 day, 9 month program is $250/ month with an additional one time supply fee of $100.   Click here to download this year’s flyer.  For the 2017-18 school year we will offer an optional Wednesday Enrichment block.  Sessions can be joined separately with payment made directly to instructors. Wednesday Block courses include: Clay Art with Aruba Clay Works (Fall), Yoga for Children (Winter) and Creative Movement with Lelavision (Spring).

Meet Teacher Joanne Jewell:

Joanne Jewell and her husband Rob Peterson have owned and operated Plum Forest Farm since 1999.  Both worked as educators at the Seattle Tilth Association, a non-profit organic gardening association in Seattle Washington, between 1988-2010.

Joanne studied Waldorf Education at Sound Circle in Seattle where she completed the Foundation Year in Waldorf Education in 2005.  She was an assistant teacher at Heartstone with Heather Carrie in 2004-2005 when her young daughter Mira (now 17) was a student there.  Later on, second daughter Rose (10) was also a student at Heartstone from 2009-12, so the Jewell-Peterson family has been involved with the Heartstone community for many years.

Joanne is concurrently an instructor with the 4-6 year old Wind Gatherer clan each Friday at Camp Sealth with the Vashon Wilderness Program.  We encourage families to consider joining this program too, as it is an excellent complement to Heartstone Pre-School.  (For more information go to www.vashonwildernessprogram.org). Joanne has training and teaching experience in Coyote Mentoring, animal tracking, Spanish language and horticulture, and enjoys singing, telling stories, cooking and making magic with children.

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