Homeschool Farm Science Program
Tuesdays, 1 to 3pm
Session I – Sept 11 to Oct 2
Session II – Oct 16 to Nov 6
Tuition: $70 per 4-week session
About the Program
We have offered the science and agriculture education program for Homeschool students at Cedar Circle Farm every spring and fall since the program’s inaugural year in 2015. 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 ages 6-11 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. Read more about our educational approach here.
*If after the first class you feel the program is not a good fit for your child, you may be reimbursed $50. No reimbursements will be made after the second class of the session.
If you have any questions, email Eric Tadlock or please call us at (802) 785-4737.
An open house will be held on September 4, 2018 from 3 to 5 pm. This 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.
Session I – September 11 to October 2
Amazing Arachnids In this class we will learn about the hunting habits of various species of spiders inhabiting Cedar Circle Farm. We’ll examine life cycles, and unique behaviors of our eight-legged friends. We’ll also study the benefits, both obvious and obscure, to Cedar Circle Farm.
Earthworms and other soil macroinvertebrates There are many reasons why worms are considered beneficial to farming. We’ll look at the gifts they give to the farm, their anatomy, life cycle and behaviors. We’ll also explore the many other small invertebrates that play a role in the soil communities at Cedar Circle Farm.
Our relationship with the Connecticut River At Cedar Circle, we rely on the water flowing down the Connecticut River to help us irrigate our crops. We have a balanced, give-and-take relationship with the river, and do many things to help make sure we help to keep it clean. In this class, we’ll take the time to look at our interactions with the river: past, present, and future.
Orchard Exploration In this class we’ll learn about the care we take with our orchard. We’ll examine the long term management plan we have for this perennial crop and the techniques we use to keep the soil and the plants happy and healthy. We’ll also learn a little about the varieties of fruit we grow through a series of tastings.
Session II – October 16 to November 6
Chickens and Eggs We keep chickens at the farm. They provide several positive inputs. In this class we’ll explore the anatomy and lifecycle of a chicken and an egg. We’ll also explore the behaviors of chickens and the basic needs and how to care for them.
Harvest Pizza – a study of gluten In this class we’ll harvest vegetables for our pizza after making dough and learn about the results of yeast meeting water and flour (making dough) and why it’s important to give your dough some time. At the end of class, each student will cook their own pizza in the wood-fired cob oven (with help from their teachers).
Farm to Fork – a journey of food In this class, students will follow a single crop from harvest, through the processing area, to the kitchen and finally to the farmstand (where we will then purchase and eat it*). The journey will help open the eyes of the path a single item takes before it gets to the consumer. *Cost of farm product included in tuition
Trees In this lesson we’ll create our own tree ID guides. We’ll learn to identify many of the trees that we use around the farm and we’ll compare their values, both monetary and intrinsic. We’ll also investigate the varying needs of trees and the niche habitats they prefer. We’ll conclude the class with an investigation into the grains of different types of wood as we build something for the farm.
Photo by Ben DeFlorio