Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy​​​​

A project must be completed for this class.

Backyard Farming Spring 2024

  • Instructor: Shelly Adkins
  • Contact information: phone: 703-579-7382     email:
  • Location: Circle "C" Stable,
  • 905 Pine Hill Lane, Benton Harbor, MI 49022
  • Format: In-person
  • Ages: 5-12
  • Additional registration at the location is not required, but we have a COVID Checklist, a liability release form and picture release form for social media.

Thursdays, 2-4pm, beginning  Jan. 18th

We will be holding class in our heated meeting room/classroom at the stable. Please drive very slowly as we do have horses surrounding us.  You will drive down the driveway, around the first barn on your right, come to the big barn, and follow the signs for the meeting room (it will be around the left of the big barn).  You may park by the classroom door. Please note, we will be going outside every class meeting, so wear appropriate clothing for the weather.

​Through provided hands on learning, inquiry, and observation, students will gain an understanding of the basics of organic backyard gardening and an appreciation for being a good steward of the Earth. They will learn about composting, proper soil composition, bulbs, harvesting, and become knowledgeable in how to plant and tend a Fall garden with sustainable practices. In addition, students will learn how to make a few recipes with our herbs and vegetables that we harvest and how to properly store away seeds for Spring plantings. Your student will actively participate in readying our raised bed gardens for Winter.

Backyard Farming Syllabus

*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.
Teacher of Record:
Tom Hurst