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Homeschool Farm Science Program

Open House

An Open House for Homeschoolers will be held on May 2nd, 2018 from 3 pm until 5 pm at Cedar Circle Farm. The open house is a time for families to come to the farm to learn about our approach to teaching and about the farm itself, as well as an opportunity to get out and explore the farm with our instructors.

About the Program

We are in our fourth year of running the science and agriculture education program for Homeschool students ages 6–11. Our farm is an incredible outdoor classroom with our production fields, forested areas, orchard, and riparian area along the Connecticut River.

Together with our highly-qualified instructors, students share the experience of exploring, discovering and learning the concepts together in order to gain a deeper, scientific understanding of agriculture and ecology. Our approach utilizes hands-on activities, inquiry-based investigations, games, and experiments. Journals are provided each semester for students to take notes or draw observations if they wish and to complete short weekly review assignments.

If you have any questions, email Eric Tadlock or please call us at (802) 785-4737.

Spring 2018 Session

Tuesdays, 1 pm to 3 pm
May 8–June 12

Tuition: $75 per 6-week session. *If after the first class you feel the program is not a good fit for your child, you may be reimbursed $60. No reimbursements will be made after the second class of the session.

Garden Plan(ting) – May 8
In our first class we’ll look at planning a garden for many years to come. Students will learn how to plan for rotating beds or crops around the garden, how to partner plants (companion planting), and how to use soil test results in determining how to feed the soil. Kids will come away with a garden plan of their own.

Greenhouse Operations – May 15
From predatory insects to irrigation systems, the students will learn how our farmers create and control the environment we need to help our young plants thrive. We’ll discuss disease prevention and examine the life cycle of a plant as it travels through our greenhouse system.

Greens and how to eat them – May 22
In this lesson we’ll follow the life cycle of spinach, kale, and other tasty greens from seed to harvest to plate, . We’ll eat them raw, steamed, and mixed with other delicious ingredients. We’ll also explore the nutrients in these foods and how they benefit our bodies.

Pollinators – May 29
Our nectar drinking friends come in all shapes and sizes. In this class we’ll explore many different types that exist on the farm and explore the foods that grow only when their blossoms are visited by these pollinators.

Cover Crops – June 5
One way we reduce the amount of fertilizers we use is through the implementation of cover crops. In this class we’ll learn about how cover crops add nutrients to our soil and help to protect the soil from wind and water erosion. We’ll also explore our no-till fields and investigate the potential benefits of not tilling the soil.

Strawberries! – June 12
As our homeschool season comes to a close, our strawberry season will be ramping up! In this last session we’ll learn about the annual cycle of strawberries and the immense energy that goes into strawberry production. We’ll investigate the different ways a strawberry plant proliferates, and we’ll look at how the farmers keep them producing favorable berries. Last, we’ll taste test!


Instructor

Eric Tadlock is our Education Programs Manager. Over the last fifteen years, Eric has worked in the field of experiential education within schools and outdoor education centers. He has worked with hundreds of homeschooling families, helping students to learn about ecology and agriculture through hands-on, inquiry-based investigation. His pedagogy is influenced by the works of Howard Gardner, John Dewey, Socrates, Rudolf Steiner, and Jean Piaget.

photo: Ben Fleishman