Homeschool Programs


Farm Naturalists

Farm Naturalists will dive deeper into life on the farm from plants and cycles to the intricate relationships between the farm fields and the land beyond it. These classes are driven by students’ curiosity and will involve garden projects, nature journaling, developing experiments, playing games, and lots of asking questions as we seek to find answers. Core content for each class will be interdisciplinary and based on Next Generation Science Standards practices alongside arts, creative writing, cooking, and exploration.

This program is designed for students ages 6-11. 10 students maximum per session.

Fall 2022

This fall, our Farm Naturalists will explore and experience Cedar Circle Farm through the lens of Nature Narratives. As we observe and get to know this space, we will seek out lessons we can learn from our surroundings through place-based curriculum, and we will create stories based on the various characters we encounter. Through this imaginative process, Farm Naturalists will better understand the relationships among living things, including how we fit into our ecosystem. We will consider ways in which farming practices are designed to cooperate with or imitate natural systems, and will investigate a variety of topics such as biomimicry, seed saving, nutrition, medicinal and functional plant uses, seasonal cycles, and stewardship.

*Classes are subject to cancellation if registration is low. We will contact you if a class needs to be rescheduled.

Session 1 Class Options

  • Wednesdays, September 14 - October 12 // 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, September 14 - October 12 // 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, September 15 - October 13 // 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays, September 15 - October 13 // 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Session 2 Class Options

  • Wednesdays, October 19 - November 16 // 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, October 19 - November 16 // 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, October 20 - November 17 // 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays, October 20 - November 17 // 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Please note that Covid-19 policies are in place and outlined in detail at the top of the registration page.


Tuition & Discounts

$200 per 5-week session
$385 for both sessions (10 weeks total)

Discounts:

  • Sibling Discount – 5% off per sibling
  • Multiple Sessions — $15 off for attending both Sessions 1 & 2

We strive to make our education programs accessible to all families. If homeschool tuition is cost prohibitive for your family, please contact Nora@cedarcirclefarm.org. Sliding scale or payment plans are available.


More About the Homeschool Program

We have offered science and agriculture education 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 share the experience of exploring, discovering and learning the concepts together in order to gain a deeper, interdisciplinary understanding of agriculture and ecology. Our approach utilizes hands-on activities, inquiry-based investigations, games, and experiments. Journals are provided each session for students to take notes or draw observations if they wish.

*If after the first class you feel the program is not a good fit for your child, you may be reimbursed for the remaining classes. No reimbursements will be made after the second class of the session.

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