Sarah accepts the Kids Outside Alliance award for Oxbow Education’s farm programming, May 2015.
Sarah Cassidy is truly a force of nature in the best possible way. I don’t know any other way to say it. The energy that she brings to helping kids understand farming is truly amazing. Teaching kids about where their food comes from, and the different costs associated it are two of the most important things we can help kids understand today. Sarah explains in very age appropriate language the intimate relationship between an organic farm and the surrounding natural environment. This big picture understanding is coupled with more detailed explanations of organic farming like planting, harvesting, crop rotation, cover crop, etc. All of this is delivered with a deep, genuine passion. Sarah cares deeply about the earth, farming, and kids. I have never crossed paths with anyone like her before. Kids need and will love what Sarah teaches.
We have known Farmer Sarah for approximately four years. We were immediately drawn to Farmer Sarah as she is an engaging, thoughtful, and enthusiastic teacher for both children and adults. She gets down on the same level as the children, she is careful with her words, and she makes kids love and appreciate the food chain, starting with dirt. Sarah taught my children at camps via Wilderness Awareness and their experience was so fantastic, I promoted her Oxbow Farm Education program to our school, Hazel Wolf K-8 ESTEM in Seattle, and now every year, multiple classes visit her farm once or twice per year to learn about growing food, caring for the earth, and the food chain. Farmer Sarah still remembers my kids names, makes them feel extra special whenever we visit, and is shining star grassroots gardening. We wish Farmer Sarah was our neighbor and we look forward to each and every visit with her.
One year, our class suffered an immeasurable loss of one of the students in my daughter’s First Grade class the night before our fall visit to the farm. When all of the adults in our group were at a loss for words, Farmer Sarah found ways to honor Rohan with joy and love rather than sadness and grief. Farmer Sarah spoke from the heart, at the level of the six and seven year olds, with a grace only she could provide on such a heartbreaking day. The trip to the farm, on the same morning they learned of their classmates passing, was the perfect anecdote for broken and confused hearts.