As a part of our mission to educate the public about the importance of organic agriculture and to increase access to fresh food, we engage in many community partnerships….
Educational programs at Cedar Circle Farm are interdisciplinary investigations into agriculture and the natural world. Students of all ages are engaged through inquiry-based learning experiences led by experienced and knowledgable teachers. Read more…
Willing Hands Garden
Cedar Circle Farm partners with Willing Hands to provide fresh produce to Upper Valley families in need.
Nestled behind the blueberry patch up the road from the farmstand is a piece of land dedicated to providing local, organic food to our Upper Valley neighbors who are in need. Each year, fresh food is grown and harvested by our Production Apprentice and community volunteers. The crops, like corn, tomatoes, lettuce, salad mix, and many other staples, are harvested and delivered to dozens of organizations around the Upper Valley.
Increasing Access to Fresh, Organic Food
NOFA-VT’s Farm Share Program
NOFA-VT, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, Farm Share Program assists low-income Vermonters in obtaining farm fresh foods. Farm Share participants receive partially subsidized shares from Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms. Each year, the Farm Share Program assists over 1,400 individuals participating in CSA programs, including an increasing number of families local to Cedar Circle Farm. Learn more about participating in the Farm Share Program at Cedar Circle Farm. Any one can donate to the program.
EBT (Electronic Balance Transfer) Cards
Our farmstand accepts EBT cards as payment for all farm fresh produce, groceries, vegetable seedlings, and seeds. EBT cards replaced the federal food stamp program, now called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Every state has a food stamp and cash assistance program, in Vermont it referred to as 3SquaresVT and is intended to assist families in meeting a food budget that will put three square meals a day on your table. To inquire about EBT in NH, contact New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
Vermont Farm to Family Program
The Vermont Farm to Family Program allows qualifying families to receive coupons for fresh foods, redeemable at participating farmers’ markets. The program states two goals: to get nutritionally at-risk people to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables; and to expand the use of farmers’ markets.
Willing Hands recovers food, primarily fruits and vegetables, that would have otherwise been wasted from more than 25 food donors and delivers to at least 55 organizations in the Upper Valley of VT and NH every week. Learn more about how our staff works with Willing Hands community volunteers to prepare, plant, maintain, and harvest a 1 acre plot of fresh nutritious food.
After harvest we sort and grade our produce donating tons of unmarketable vegetables each year to Salvation Farms whose mission is to build increased resilience in Vermont’s food system through agricultural surplus management.