Emerson Montessori Foundation

Emerson Montessori Foundation (EMF) was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2017 to support Emerson Elementary, Oklahoma's only public Montessori school, located north of downtown Tulsa.

We are committed to the development and maintenance of a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience for students and the community, while working to ensure a socioeconomically diverse, inclusive school environment. 

 

Emerson Farm

The foundation implemented a food forest with a one-acre market farm on campus to serve as a model of sustainable, urban agriculture and provide nutritious, organic produce to Emerson students, their families, and the community. 

 

Community projects

Along with funding and managing the farm and prairie, the foundation partners with teachers and community members on an array of projects and initiatives benefitting Emerson.

Current

Global Gardens programming

The foundation was awarded a grant from the Ruth Kaiser Nelson Family Foundation to support regular educational programming and teacher consultation from Global Gardens through 2020. We are raising funds to sustain—and ideally expand—programming in 2021.

Emerson Farm CSA

The foundation launched a community-supported agriculture program in spring 2020. Members receive a weekly share of produce grown at Emerson. CSA proceeds directly support Emerson Farm. We aim to increase membership from 15 families to 40 in 2021.

COVID-19 Relief

With a grant from Tulsa Community Foundation, the foundation is able to provide part-time employment during the COVID-19 pandemic. These additional employees will help expand Emerson Farm production and the CSA program.

Completed

Emerson Farm Entrepreneur Project

With a grant from the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, the foundation hired interns to work with our farm manager and learn about market farming in partnership with the GreenCore Farming Incubator.

Outdoor classroom fence

Ms. Caid initiated an online campaign to build a fence around the outdoor classroom to make the space safer for students to play and learn. 

Latimer Street mural 

The "Heritage, History & Hope" mural was completed by Mary Williams of Color Me True and a team of local artists in October 2019. 

Chicken coop

After hatching chicks with her students, Ms. Guerra needed the foundation's help in buying a coop so they could watch them grow right outside their classroom. 

Cedar wicking beds

 The foundation funded and built 12 raised cedar wicking beds, designed by Oral Roberts University students, for Montessori classrooms to use.

Ongoing

Produce partnerships

The foundation has partnered with local restaurants and the Greenwood Farmer & Artisan Market to buy and sell a portion of our seasonal produce.

Volunteer events and tours

Interested in volunteering at and/or touring Emerson Farm? Individuals or groups are welcome to contact the foundation to schedule an opportunity.

Support EMF

When you make a contribution to Emerson Montessori Foundation, you are growing organic vegetables in a food desert, reforesting and restoring an urban area to its native ecology, and creating a deeper connection between nature and Emerson students, their teachers and families.

 

If you would like to send a paper check or in-kind donation, please contact us below—and thank you for your support.

 

EMF Donors

A special thank you to following organizations for their contributions:

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Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation

Reed Jules Oppenheimer Foundation 

Ruth Kaiser Nelson Family Foundation

Tulsa Community Foundation

Tulsa Health Department

Whole Kids Foundation

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