Renaissance Academy Students – Exploring Local Healthy Food

Thanks to support from Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust and Triskeles, a local non-profit, 75 youth from Renaissance Academy were able to visit Camphill Village in Kimberton. They got a tour of the organic farm, saw the honeybees in action, and were able to cook and eat a really good potato-carrot-kale latke with the Triskeles staff. Many thanks to Kimberton Hills and all who made this a great...

Side by Side and Next Steps – A Full Day for 52 Students

Triskeles gathered 52 teens and elementary students on a bright and sunny Saturday, April 28th, for a full day of activities at the Kimberton Waldorf School garden building. Baking, cooking, gardening, making windsocks, and a visit to the Seven Stars Farm to hear farm manager Mark Dunphy explain how they manage soil fertility and run off on their pastures. It was a busy, fun, interesting and informative day, as usual. Our thanks to Anne, Susan, all the wonderful volunteers and parents, Mr. Dunphy, Mrs. Birdsall and Rachel Brewer, and the dedicated teen volunteers who made this...

Refreshing the Container Gardens at Renaissance Academy

Spring is here, and April 4th saw Triskeles staff at the Renaissance Academy working with 50 second graders and teachers to refresh container gardens we gave them last year. A hands-on lesson in botany let most everybody take part in removing hardened old soil, adding worm compost and new soil as needed, and planting herbs and seeds. Soon classrooms will be filled with green growing things. A great group of second graders–thanks for your help. And thanks to Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust for their support of this...

VANGUARD GROUP VOLUNTEERS JOIN TRISKELES YOUTH

Last Saturday, Oct 1, a very caring and hard-working group of Vanguard volunteers joined the Triskeles Side by Side and Next Steps programs youth in their activities. Helping ‘younger’ (our Green Interns and Side by Side teens) and ‘youngest’  (the Side by Side and Next Steps students) this group of committed volunteers baked, made cider, applesauce, separated garlic, supervised crafts — and did many other helpful things as they participated in one of the two programs in the Kimberton area. Thanks Vanguard!!  That was a huge...

Side by Side and Next Steps Programs Host 60 Youth

The popular Side by Side and Next Steps program hosted 60 Phoenixville-area teens and youth on Saturday, February 4th. Under the mentorship of a teen, the younger children engaged in a series of healthy activities: seasonal crafts, making gifts for families, environmental lessons on composting and worm composting, and baking whole-wheat bread and homemade soup from scratch. Everyone learned a lot, had a good time, enjoyed the un-seasonable weather, and went home asking when the next seasonal activity day would be....

Energy conservation are the words of the day

At our Next Steps workshop on December 10th at the beautiful new Beaver Farm community education building, ‘energy conservation’ was the phrase of the day. With their teen-aged mentors, the young participants in Next Steps discussed ways to save energy–then they acted out one tactic in a little skit for the rest of the group. You can see cameos from the skits in the photo album below. You’ll also see some highlights from our farm tour and the friendly and oh-so-interesting animals which we met, as well as some delicious looking shots of the cookies we all baked and took home to families. A very fun and educational...

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