Open House for Homeschoolers–May 2nd from 1pm until 3pm The Open House for Homeschoolers is a time for families to come to the farm (anytime between 1 and 3) to learn about our approach to teaching and to learn more about the farm itself. It is also a chance to get out and explore the farm with our instructors.
Cedar Circle Farm and Education Center offers an outdoor science and agriculture education program for Homeschool students, ages 6–11. The program year includes three sessions which begin in the Fall and continue throughout the Winter and Spring. Our farm is an incredible outdoor classroom utilizing our production fields, forested areas, orchard, and riparian area along the Connecticut River. Together with our highly-qualified instructors, students share the experiences of exploring, discovery and learning new concepts in order to gain a deeper, scientific understanding of agriculture and ecology.
Our Spring session begins on May 9th and runs seven weeks (with a bonus class), until June 20th.
Our approach utilizes hands-on activities, inquiry-based investigations, games, and experiments. Students receive a journal each session, to take notes or draw observations (if they wish) and to complete short weekly review assignments. Optional homework assignments will be sent home after class and reviewed as a group at the beginning of the following class.
Sessions include a variety of curriculum topics which explore all of the unique educational assets here at the farm. Our program is designed to follow a three-year cycle, which means there are nine sessions total (54 classes).
Classes are two hours each week, held on Tuesdays from 1-3 pm. Registration fee is $60 per 6-week session.
Our 2017 Spring Session dates: May 9th –June 20th
Nutrients In The Soil As organic farmers, our soil is one our most important resources. We study the soil weekly, but taking samples and sending them to the University of Vermont in order to be analyzed. In this lesson, students will learn about nutrients we add either through applications to the soil or through growing certain types of plants on the land. We’ll explore why it’s so important to the farmers to keep a watchful eye, and, a long-term plan for their soils. We’ll also begin experiments that we will watch over the next five weeks to observe how plants grow differently without certain nutrients.
Nutrients In Our Bodies (fermented foods class) Our bodies have a community of organisms living inside of them. Some of these living things help us to digest our foods. In this class we will talk about nutrition and the importance of health in digestion. We’ll also experiment with making pro-biotic rich, lacto-fermented krauts, which we will take home at the end of the session after they have spent a few weeks in our fermentation room.
Weather and Climate Farmers wear many hats, one of which, is as a meteorologist. In this class we will learn about collecting weather data, making forecasts based on barometric pressure and looking at how changes in climate impact our natural environment.
Competition in Nature Many organisms depend on each other to survive. Many organisms fight with other organisms to survive. We will look at how plants survive in nature when needed resources are scarce.
Competition with Nature vs. Working with Nature Farming is often looked at as a competition with nature. A smart farmer knows that they’ll be more successful if they work WITH nature. In this lesson, we will explore the natural cycles and relationships that farmers need to understand to find success. We’ll look at the systems farmers put into place to mimic nature.
Plant Reproduction of all kinds! Pollinators are very important to the farm. There are, however, other ways that plants reproduce and proliferate. In this class, we will explore all the mechanisms employed by plants to thrive and grow their species.
Bonus Class: Wild plants we can eat! Spring is a great time to find wild edible plants! In this class, we will head out to the tree lines and small forested areas on the farm, in order to search for wild plants that provide nutrition and taste great!
*If after the first session, you feel the program is not a good fit for your child, you may receive a $50 reimbursement. After the second session, no reimbursements will be made.
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If you have any questions, please call us at (802)-785-4737.
About our instructor
Eric Tadlock Now the Education Programs Manager at Cedar Circle Farm, 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 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