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Steffen Schneider Joins Demeter USA Board

Steffen Schneider, co-director of the Institute for Mindful Agriculture and director emeritus of Hawthorne Valley Farm, has joined the board of Demeter USA. He joins a team of ten other agricultural, biodynamic, and business experts to lead the certifying agency....

Meet our Faculty – Janene Ping

Morningstar Kindergarten Lead Teacher Janene Ping has been an early childhood educator at Hawthorne Valley for almost 30 years. She had always been drawn to teaching and found her calling working with young children. “Early Childhood is a time when the children are so...

Meet Our Faculty – Rachel Loshak

1st Grade Class Teacher Rachel Loshak grew up on an apple farm in Suffolk, England. She comes from a family of hard-working fruit farmers, entrepreneurs, and musicians, and has had a successful career as a singer, songwriter and bassist, touring internationally...

Meet Our Staff – Helen Enright

Helen Enright first joined the staff of Hawthorne Valley’s Place Based Learning Center (PBLC) in July 1999 as a part-time assistant to the then-director Ruth Bruns. She had relocated with her mother and daughter, Samantha, to Columbia County from Drexel Hill, a suburb...

Meet our Faculty – Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown, Hawthorne Valley’s High School Math & Science Teacher, is on a quest to change society’s perception of math. “People don’t realize the importance of the way math is taught,” he said. “Everyone can do math, but it has to be presented in a way each...

Dairy Farming’s Lifeline: Community

by Sushannah Laurange “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community…Our ambition must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” ~ Cesar Chavez Dairy farming:...

The Evolution of Hawthorne Valley’s Early Childhood Center

Anyone spending time in our valley this summer would have noticed the flurry of activity surrounding the Kindergarten building of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School. Moss covered shingles were torn off the roof, and new metal roofing put on. The yard that had become a...