Shooter MacGavin - Otherwise known as "Mac" for short, Shooter MacGavin is a 10-year-old Blanketed Appaloosa who likes to take his time observing the world and others around him. Having been previously adopted by five different owners, he is overjoyed to finally find his place of belonging and rest at Cuvilly.
Willa -- Willa is 13 years old and was once a Harvard polo pony. She quickly let them know that she did not want to chase a small white ball around a field and became very hard to manage. Willa decided that she would rather be retired - and, let's face it,once a red-head makes up her mind, there is no changing it!
Returning to Cuvilly soon!
Strawberry, who arrived at Cuvilly in the fall of 2012,is a kune kune pig, a breed that originated in New Zealand. "Kune kune means "fat and round" -- at which Strawberry takes no offense. She is quite proud of her plump porcine profile. Strawberry is gradually getting the hang of barn life and loves her new status as an official Cuvilly Critter.
Tyrone has a distinctive small white spot on his nose and is very fastidious. Tyrone came to Cuvilly in 2005 after He escaped one day and completely tore up a neighbor's garden before being caught. He is far happier now in Cuvilly's pig pen. Tyrone weighs approximately 200 pounds and eats four cups of grain a day.
More info about Ricky, Leroy, Emma and Benny coming soon!
This conglomeration of webbed-footed friends and fowl live together in coops and low-lying branches in front of Cuvilly's barn. In the summer months, the chickens produce approximately 80 dozen eggs, which Cuvilly sells informally.
Geese, Ducks, Chickens
Cuvilly's herd of Nubian goats is available for financial "adoption" as a unit only. The goats lend their own distinct presence to Cuvilly's barnyard. They can often be heard humming a hymn to the universe while resting in Cuvilly's paddocks and pastures on beautiful sunny afternoons. It's true! Goats hum!
Rocco and Chebacco are miniature Sicilian donkeys. They have been a gentle and loving influence in Cuvilly's barnyard for approximately 17 years. This breed of donkey is identified by the unusual growth of a dark brown cross spanning the length of their backs. This unusual marking has given rise to the legend that it was this breed of donkey that carried the Virgin Mary to Bethlehem where she gave birth to Jesus and the same breed that carried Jesus into Jerusalem on what is known as Palm Sunday. In their spare time, Rocco and Chebacco like to play tug-of-war with an old green beach ball in the paddock.
Zeke and Wendell - Cuvilly adopted brothers Zeke and Wendell, who belong to the Finn breed of sheep, for their beautiful fleece. Both of them tend to be a bit nosy and act like they are the bosses of the barnyard. They seem to know that Sister Pat especially prizes their fleece for her weaving and knitting projects.
Our Farm Animals
Cuvilly's many animals are more than a backdrop for our school. They teach our students that eggs come from chickens, not the supermarket. Our students come to understand how a pig is so much more than a pork chop. That it's a creature with unique qualities and contributions to make to the rest of creation. By having these animals on our campus, we are reminded everyday that life is sacred and interconnected, a message that we hope is absorbed by everyone who visits or attends Cuvilly's programs.
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The Three Sisters Garden Project is a collaborative effort that brings together a wide range of community groups to nurture sustainable local food systems that connect us to the land and to each other.
What we’re doing:
Establishing a community farm that will provide educational programs and increase the supply of local food.
Helping make local food accessible to all through North Shore partnerships.
Training new farmers and food system advocates.
Supporting a comprehensive farm to school program
SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM
THREE SISTERS GARDEN PROJECT
Service Learning Centers
Community and Home Gardens
Through the power of farm and food-based engagement, we seek to build an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable community that is inclusive of all its citizens.
Renewable Energy Initiative
Through a series of photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine constructed atop one of the hills on the property, Cuvilly's Alternative Energy Initiative generates much of the Center's electricity. The photovoltaic system serves as the (omitted experimental) prototype for hospitals and schools operated by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur at their missions throughout Africa.
Cuvilly produces renewable energy year around through multiple 5KW photovoltaic energy panels. Positioned atop one of the hills on the property, these panels collect sunlight throughout the day to power our school and farm!
Right next to our photovoltatic panels is our 10kw Wing Burgey wind turbine. Our wind turbine extends over 100ft into the sky harnessing power 24hours a day!
By hosting several compost projects throughout our campus, we are consistency able to reduce food waste by reusing the enriched soil that is produced from this process.
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