About Us

Farm Hands is a program aimed at giving young learners the opportunity to learn outdoors, gain confidence as they explore and develop an appreciation for hard work and the nature around them.  Learning outdoors and experiencing their new knowledge, engages a learner's senses, stimulates their creativity, and puts their problem-solving skills at the forefront.  

Director/Teacher

Jessica de Vera Wells is a local farmer and certified teacher. She grew up on her family's farm in Aquebogue, Wells Homestead Acres, and spent many hours outside planting, harvesting, packing and selling our produce.  Farming life quickly teaches that failures are expected and risks are necessary, but the payoff of hard work is an irreplaceable reward.  And being a co-pilot on the tractors as a young kid wasn't too bad either.

 

With a degree in Horticulture from Cornell University and a Masters of Education from Hunter College, Jessica went on to teach preschool, elementary school, and middle school ages in NYC for 16 years.  Bridging both passions together has brought about Farm Hands.  A strong desire to bring young learners closer to their natural world while fostering their sense of wonder is the drive behind the teaching of the Farm Hands program.

 

Teacher

Shannon Silverman is an educator and mother of two who grew up and is lucky enough to still live on the north fork. She is has a degree in fine arts and a masters of art education and has worked with students from preschool through high school. You can find Shannon gardening in her backyard, caring for her chickens, making a mess in the kitchen and exploring everything outdoors with her two young boys.

 

As a child of two teachers, Shannon has a life long passion for learning and educating. She has a desire to bring hands on, creative eduction to all and is excited to share this passion with all of the children In the Farm Hands program.
 

Teacher

Ashley Schmitt is a certified teacher and a member of a local farm family. After earning a degree in English and Education from Manhattan College, she went on to complete a Masters of Liberal Studies at SUNY Stonybrook. She then taught English for many years before making the decision to work full-time for the family farm. 

 

Working at the farm fosters a deep appreciation of the natural world and a respect for hard work which she loves sharing with her children. She is excited to combine her two passions, farming and education, through her work at Farm Hands. 

A Day At Farm Hands

The learners at Farm Hands will learn through experience and exploration at the farm.  Including, but not limited to:

  • gardening

  • visiting the farm fields

  • visiting the farm animals

  • visiting the apiary and meeting the beekeeper

  • visiting the beach at Hallock State Park

  • reading/read-aloud time

  • journaling/scrapbooking

  • exploring the forest

  • art time

  • science time

  • cooking time

  • history time (local agricultural)