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Your Kids Can Learn to Grow Their Own Food in This School

A school that teaches kids to become self-sufficient 

The Golden Bridges School, an academic institution in San Francisco, has a curriculum that lays emphasis on farming. Yes, the kids here tend to the earth and grow their own food at school.

The Golden Bridges School follows the Waldorf Education curriculum

Located at 203 Cotter Street in the SF’s Mission Terrace vicinity, the school follows the Waldorf Education curriculum. It helps in inculcating more practical skills such as farming and cooking along with social and moral values,emphasizing the environment along the way.

Until 2016, Golden Bridges accommodated over 55 elementary-level students every year, without any buildings, using tents and covers instead. Later, architect Stanley Saitowitz, from the reputed firm Natoma Architects, came up with designs for an innovative classroom set up to provide shelter while still managing to keep the place’s ecological ethos intact.

 Green Shoots Everywhere

Kids have the freedom to move around the school 

70% of the designated school area was left open, and included both terraneous areas and cultivated vegetation and orchards. The remaining portion was reserved for a low-lying building that houses classrooms and halls.

The classrooms are specifically designed to incorporate nature

Unlike any other campus in the neighborhood, the “classrooms” were completely integrated into the existing landscape, which ensured that none of the green spaces were lost in the process.

Another key aspect of the design is the well-sloped, plant-covered façade that disguises the structure like a hillock. The greenery extends up to the roof’s cover, maintains the pollinators’ habitats, allows water retention, and provides insulation.

Structural Marvel

The interiors are made up of wood at Golden Bridges School

Despite the outside being covered completely in foliage, the interiors are made of wood that is in line with Waldorf Philosophy’s inclination towards warm and natural materials. The south-facing windows provide abundant sunlight to the study areas while significantly reducing the electricity bills.

As a testament to the school’s name, a golden bridge is in place that connects the center of the building to the different classrooms and courtyards. The moment one enters the campus, there is a traffic roundabout providing a parking area for parents to pick-up and drop-off their children, which doubles up as a farmer’s market on weekends.

Similar to the architecture on the outside, the walkways are permeable and can catch rainwater in the cisterns below the ground-level for recycling.

New Mountains to Climb

The Golden Bridges School admits over 100 students

The final iteration of the building designs was ready by 2018, and at present, the school admits over 100 students for the grades ranging from Kindergarten to eighth grade.

Following the path of many other revolutionary institutes like Farming Kindergarten and Nursery Fields Forever, their idea is to make the kids environmentally aware, especially since most of them are from urban backgrounds and have less exposure to the world’s naturally occurring wonders.

When it comes to adults, Golden Bridges is a reminder of the fact that the beautiful human design does not have to contradict its organic surroundings and that traditional farming methods and modern architecture can always go hand-in-hand!

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