Covid-19 can't stop the Bridgehampton School from growing its agricultural program.
Last week a new chicken coop arrived at the Bridgehampton School to house the barred Holland chickens the school is currently raising. The chicks and their new 16-by-7-foot barn-red coop are the results of students' ideas and research from late last year.
Judiann Carmack-Fayyaz, a teacher who oversees the agricultural program at the school, said the four-week-old chicks are doing well. "They have grown so much and have such great little personalities," she said, calling their home "the Rolls Royce of chicken coops."
She is the primary caretaker and gardener, to strictly limit the number of visitors. The school is also selling flats of starter plants, primarily vegetables and herbs, raised in the greenhouse. Some are being sold at Java Nation. Plants can also be picked up without person-to-person contact at Sprouts, the farmstand on the highway just east of the school, by requesting them ahead of time.
Choices include kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, oregano, lemon balm, rosemary, and dill, among others.
"My intention is to keep things running," Ms. Carmack-Fayyaz said. "It's important to keep going. I put my computer down with the chickens and students can watch them real-time. I do all of my classes from the greenhouse. . . . I try to keep it as real as possible."