A Day in the Life
If you couldn’t tell from the rest of the website, you certainly can from our blog updates that this is not your typical school! Our goal is to provide context to the academics that are traditionally taught in a classroom setting. We usually start our day with academic time that is used for more directed learning, research, and development. Afternoons are spent applying those lessons and ideas to the farm or exploring the world around us. We like to expose our students to a wide range of experiences and opportunities for careers.
As you can see, we get pretty busy, so our blogs may be daily or weekly depending the craziness of the week! We may even get quite a bit behind (as we are now). Keep up with our adventures on Facebook and Instagram which we update much more frequently! Enjoy the experience. If you want to come along for the actual ride, visit our application page.
Wow! The school year is nearly over - our first year under our belts! So much has happened this year for us from our exhaustive property search, to opening temporarily in Chester, to finding and moving into our permanent property! From there we had to unpack, set up...read more
We were delighted to have Richmond Times Dispatch Reporter Holly Prestidge and Photographer Mark Gormus visit LOCAL STEW U to learn about the school. Mark came back on several occasions, taking photos, joking with the students and enjoying the time with the animals,...read more
We have some awesome activities already on the books for our Spring Term with more getting added as we go. If you are considering a mid-year transition to LoSU, now would be a great time to join us! First Quarter Farm planning & design: Our new farm is completely raw....read more
Well, this has been an interesting week. Tuesday morning we discovered we were a go for our very own farm right outside Richmond! Hallelujah! There's lots more to say about that. Look for something in our "Blog Articles and Updates" section in the next few weeks -...read more
We are blessed to have so many exciting learning opportunities! But, then one doesn't need to look too hard or too far to find things to do in the Richmond area especially as it relates to farm. While it is a city, farming seems to be oozing in from the rural edges,...read more
This was a short week with the Veteran's Day holiday and not quite as eventful as last week! Students continued their studies of public speaking and TED talks and started making more formal plans for our temporary farm space here in Chester. We spent our farm work...read more
This has been our busiest off-farm activity so far! This week, the students continued to study TED talks and explore the science and agriculture of coastal plains. But they spent far more time outside working on projects, attending VSU educational farm events and...read more
Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners. ~John Holt There has been lots of activity at LoSU this week! In English this week students continued their TED talk unit by watching and discussing Christopher Emdin’s Teach...read more
Another busy day to end a busy week! The day started with students attending Virginia State University's Small Ruminant Field Day. The morning was spent listening to Dr. Steve Hart from Langston University and Dr. Adnan Yusuf from Virginia State University present...read more
Moving Day….Sort Of…. Sometimes it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Our lead teacher, Sandy Miller, knows someone associated with HKS Richmond, an architect firm located in RVA. HKS is undergoing an office remodel and they generously donated tables, book...read more
Richmond Times Dispatch - "When a Farm is Your Classroom"
Goochland Gazette - "Local Farm School Making Move to Charles City"
Cheryl Tan Media Podcast 49: [Strategy] Re-engage Your Tribe with Resi Connell
Richmond Magazine – Private School Report 2017
NBC12 – Farm-based high school offers alternative for students
Goochland Gazette - "A new view of school"
Educators Challenged to Increase Interest in Agriculture