We truly believe in selling what we grow. We are not a re-distributor and never intend to be. The goal of Highland Heights Farm is to always bring you the freshest produce that only we have grown.
In short, hydroponics is a non-traditional farming method that does not require soil.
Soil can be replaced with natural “media” such as coco fiber or pine bark, or can also be completely irrelevant with other hydroponic systems that utilize only water and nutrient solutions. There are actually many ways to grow hydroponically, and there are numerous advantages to it. In most systems plants are grown above the ground so insects are much more manageable, there isn’t any dirt which essentially makes your produce cleaner, and water conservation is prevalent.
Hydroponic growing is eco-friendly and a sustainable way to farm. We are always evolving to find more efficient and practical methods of growing fresh, clean and completely synthetic-pesticide free vegetables.
No, we are a hydroponic farm.
Yet, organic farming and hydroponic farming have similarities and differences. The answer to this question that we believe most are looking for when you are asking is whether we utilize synthetics (or harmful chemicals as pesticides). The answer is: we never use synthetic pesticides, fungicides or herbicides; only OMRI approved, natural insect control as well as utilizing IPM.
The farm is open Monday – Friday 9am-3pm. If you reach our voice mail, please leave a message as it is checked often and calls are returned on the same or next day. The best way to reach us is email: email@example.com
Help us spread the word! This kind of programming is still new in this area and not everyone knows what it is or how it could benefit them. Not all can afford it either. Donating sponsorships is a wonderful way to help more kids and families benefit from working with horses.
For an hour class, we will typically spend five to 10 minutes in the beginning to introduce the exercise and objective. Participant(s) will then spend 40 to 45 minutes working through the exercise with the horses and other team members in the arena. This is “hands-on” learning time where the horses are the “teachers.” During this time, facilitators closely supervise and step in to guide participants when necessary. At the end of class, we spend 10 minutes debriefing, discussing, and journaling the experience.
Because this is a fairly new field, some facilities may label their programming as “Equine-assisted Learning” but may not necessarily be certified or have qualification. Our program is certified by a nationally recognized program, and we are absolutely dedicated to furthering our training and qualifications. All of our facilitators are certified by The OK Corral Series run by Greg Kersten, Founder of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Most kids who come here don’t have experience with horses and so are a little nervous just because this is a new experience. That’s okay! It does not take long for most people to get comfortable around the horses. We won’t push anyone into a situation they don’t feel ready for. However if your child is terrified of horses and refuses to go near them, they may not be able to participate. Consider working through this fear before enrolling in the program.
Most importantly, make sure the liability forms are filled in correctly and signed. In spring, rubber boots are important! Sandals and crocks are not safe around the horses. Wear comfortable clothing for working around the horses and appropriate for the weather (especially in winter!!).
Definitely, riding can be an amazing experience! Equine Assisted Learning is on the ground because we want the horses to have opportunity to give feedback through body language. If a participant is on the horses’ back, it’s not as easy for them to see that feedback. Riding takes a lot of skill and technique for it to be a safe and fun experience for horse and rider. We do not want our programs to be consumed with riding and skill instruction, because it’s meant to be a facilitated learning and self-discovery experience.
Lead facilitators are certified in Equine Assisted Learning and have had extensive training and experience in equine assisted learning, teaching groups, and horsemanship. Assistant Facilitators all have first aid training, equine assisted learning training and horsemanship experience.
Our horses are quiet, trained, and are carefully selected for their suitability and gentleness. What makes our programming safer than many equine programs is that there is no riding involved. All facilitators are experienced with horses and are trained in first aid. We also make sure to have a high facilitator to participant ratio.
It’s true, horses aren’t robots or machines, (which is what makes them so effective in helping people!) We can’t guarantee what they will do or how they will respond in every situation. But safety is incredibly important to us and we are absolutely dedicated to keep our programming as safe as we possibly can!
No, this is not therapy. Although horses can be incredibly “therapeutic” and a wide range of individuals can benefit from working with horses through our programming, Equine-assisted Learning is not therapy or counselling. What we have to offer is a positive learning and growth experience with horses. We gladly work together with a participants’ therapist, social worker, resource teacher, etc. to ensure program can be as effective and individualized as possible!