The Hatch Project

In coordination with Berkshire County schools, Hancock Shaker Village has created a new in-school program that focuses on life science. Starting in March 2019, educators and farm staff from Hancock Shaker Village go into public schools in the region and set them up so they can hatch chicks in the classroom.  We provide each school with an incubator, eight eggs (laid by our heritage breed chickens), educational material, and trained instruction.  Over the course of three weeks, the children watch the eggs hatch and the chicks grow, and then a new generation of heritage chickens are eventually brought back to Hancock Shaker Village, the oldest working farm in the Berkshires.  In the process, the students learn about the hatching process of chicks, nature, a life cycle, and farming. As Julia Child said, “An egg will be your best friend if you just give it the right break.”

Interested in learning more, or supporting this project?
Contact Kristen Dominguez at, 413.443.0188 x.215

We are grateful to our sponsors who helped us hatch this idea:

Anonymous, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, Lee Bank, and Harlow and Cherie Murray