Who We Are
The Garden Gnome Society was founded in 2008 when its founders recognized the potential of their school’s biodynamic farm. At that time, the farm was very small and lacked needed resources to become what Rudolf Steiner envisioned a biodynamic farm should embody and provide for the students of Waldorf education. Since then, with continued support from the Garden Gnome Society, the biodynamic farm at Highland Hall Waldorf School has become a cornerstone of the community.
Today, the farm offers a weekly farm stand and quarterly workshops and spans two full acres including a butterfly garden, a fruit orchard, 10 chickens, a greenhouse, a native plant garden, and extensive vegetable beds. Additionally, the farm has become an urban oasis and sacred space where families can simply breathe and escape the stimulus of the city. But most importantly, the farm provides a rich, hands-on, urban agricultural program for students in grades 1-12, all of whom will journey through life enriched from this experience with a passion and reverence for the Earth.
In 2017, the Garden Gnome Society acquired plots within a community garden located in the Sepulveda Basin. The intention behind creating The Annex is to extend the principles of Rudolf Steiner and biodynamic farming beyond the Highland Hall Waldorf School grounds. The Annex is open to Highland Hall community members and boasts ergonomic, bountiful beds. Families are welcome to tend the beds or simply relax and enjoy the space as they further build community and strengthen wellness together.
As the Garden Gnome Society expands further into the surrounding community, its founders are becoming increasingly active in support of the fight against food insecurity. Some community partners include CSUN and Matador Food Bank, a mobile food bank founded by a CSUN student to help eliminate food insecurity among college students.
Everyone is welcome to become a member of the Garden Gnome Society and support our efforts through volunteering, sharing ideas, or financial support. Contact Sarah Kantner at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.