In 2016, two public Montessori schools – middle schools from different parts of town – began working together in the fields. Here, they learn agricultural methods from an experienced teacher: Joseph Fields, the farmer, himself. They learn to prepare a meal from the farm-grown produce, under the guidance of an inspired local chef. Further, they learn how to work within their community by managing an in-school produce-delivery program (CSA), “The Healthy Basket,” which allows them to package and take the local produce home. Through exposure to the farm program, the students learn to be adaptive thinkers, and how to build and maintain their surroundings through tasks such as fixing benches, building garden beds, composting, and recycling.