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Homeschool Farm Science Program

Open House for Homeschoolers -September 6th from 1pm until 3 pm 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 Fall 2016 session begins on September 20th and runs six weeks, until October 25th.

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.

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Our Fall session dates: September 20–October 25

Plant and Animal Taxonomy -September 20th Through a series of games and activities, students will learn about the classification system for plants and animals. We will learn the common species of both cultivated and natural plants on the farm. During this lesson we will also hone our identification skills using dichotomous keys.

Water Runoff -September 27th The control of runoff from farms is a current issue in agriculture and environmental protection in Vermont. In this lesson we’ll look at the water cycle and its role in carrying pollutants into the waterways of Vermont. We will also look at ways that farmers work to keep soil amendments and other applications in the ground and out of the water.

Apples and Pumpkins compared -October 4th We will compare and contrast these two Fall farm staples in order to understand the differences in life cycles of annual and perennial plants. The end of the class will be a taste test of all the heirloom varieties of apples we sell in the farm stand.

Cooking 101 -October 11th Fall vegetables are sometimes not easy to cook with. In this lesson we’ll look at the various ways we can prepare squash and the cold-weather greens and veggies. Students will learn a basic foundation of cooking skills and examine nutritional balance.

Bees -October 18th Bees are crucial to the success of Cedar Circle Farm. This class will be an investigation of the life of bees, their social structure, and the organization of their colonies. Students will even try their hand with some beekeeping equipment (without the bees present).

Soil Chemistry -October 25th Here at Cedar Circle Farm we take our soil seriously. Every single week of the growing season we take a careful look at our soil and its nutrient levels. In this lesson, students will learn about the nutrients most important to plant growth and development and will use testing equipment to gather data on the levels of those various nutrients.

*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