Workshops

Let’s learn, grow, and inspire positive change together with a focus on sustainability and organic farming! Join us for workshops on local ecology, sustainable agriculture, wild crafting, gardening, climate change mitigation, cooking with farm-grown organic ingredients, and more.


Upcoming

• Saturday, June 15 — Introduction to Birding / Bird Walk

• Sunday, July 7 — Native Tree Species: Field Walk & Identification

• Saturday, July 13 — The Vitality of Soil

• Sunday, July 14 — Tomato Cultivation: Strategies for Growth, Pest Management, & Sustainable Control

• Saturday, August 10 — Tree and Shrub Identification

• Friday, August 23 — Tomato Tour, Growing Tips, & Tasting

• Friday, September 13 — The Big 3: Invasive Insects in Vermont & New Hampshire

• Late September/Early October — Native Tree Species: Seed Collection

• Friday, October 18 — Control of Nature: The Connecticut River and Dams

• Mid-Late December (Exact Date TBD) — Native Tree Species: Winter Seeding


Financial Support Info


Introduction to Birding / Bird Walk

Date: Saturday, June 15
Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person / Free for children under 14

Birding can connect you to place and to the world. Learn how to use (and focus) binoculars, different methods of bird identification, and appreciate the link between birds and their habitats.

This workshop is part of the Local Ecosystems Learning Series, led by expert educator Jocelyn Duffy, which aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of our vital ecological systems, their significance, the threats they face, and methods for their preservation and restoration.

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Native Tree Species: Field Walk & Identification

Date: Sunday, July 7th
Time: 10–11 a.m.
Cost: $15 per person (Kids 14 and under are free!)

Join us in becoming a catalyst for positive change as we learn about restoring the balance of our natural landscapes. Whether you’re a seasoned naturalist or a budding enthusiast, this workshop offers something for everyone: discover the vital role that identifying native tree species plays in habitat restoration; learn how native trees form the backbone of ecosystems, providing crucial food and shelter for diverse wildlife; and, learn how to actively engage in habitat restoration efforts to help reclaim biodiversity and foster resilient ecosystems.

This workshop is part of the Native Seed Learning Series with Brooke Fleischman of the Intervale Conservation Nursery. The series follows the phenological timeline of a few specific native tree species. Learn to identify them in full leaf-out, summer flowers, fall seed production, and winter buds; help collect seeds to contribute to the Intervale’s Conservation Nursery project; and, take some home to grow in your own yard.

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The Vitality of Soil

Date: Saturday, July 13
Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Cost: $15 per person / Free for children under 14

Soils provide the foundation for terrestrial ecosystem functions, environmental health, and human well-being, and we can proactively protect soils for future generations. Learn what soil is and what it does, how soil biodiversity contributes to ecosystems services, and the importance of good soil management, including soil testing.

This workshop is part of the Local Ecosystems Learning Series, led by expert educator Jocelyn Duffy, which aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of our vital ecological systems, their significance, the threats they face, and methods for their preservation and restoration.

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Tomato Cultivation: Strategies for Growth, Pest Management, & Sustainable Control

Date: Sunday, July 14
Time: 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Cost: $5 per person / Free for children under 14

Unlock the secrets of successful tomato cultivation in this engaging workshop. Gain valuable insights into how to maximize your tomato yields while minimizing pest and disease challenges. Tour the tomato greenhouse at Cedar Circle with our Director of Agriculture and learn about Integrated Pest Management, beneficial insects, pest & disease control, and our farm’s tomato ‘lean and lower’ trellising system. Whether you’re aiming for a bountiful harvest or simply eager to cultivate healthier, more resilient plants, this workshop provides the knowledge and tools you’ll need to succeed.

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Tree and Shrub Identification

Date: Saturday, August 10
Time: 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Cost: $15 per person / Free for children under 14

Learning patterns and recognizing species of plants around you connects you to a place, and leads to greater understanding of the landscape and its ecosystems (health, disease, management, wildlife). In this workshop, you’ll learn which plant parts can help identify woody plants and become comfortable using dichotomous keys.

This workshop is part of the Local Ecosystems Learning Series, led by expert educator Jocelyn Duffy, which aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of our vital ecological systems, their significance, the threats they face, and methods for their preservation and restoration.

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Tomato Tour, Growing Tips, & Tasting

Date: Friday, August 23
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person / Free for children under 14

Join our Vegetable Production Team for a tomato tour and tasting! Explore the diverse variety of tomatoes grown here at Cedar Circle Farm, get a behind the scenes look at one way to grow this popular summer crop, and learn some tomato growing strategies that you can practice at home. You’ll also get to sample the many different tomatoes grown on the farm to compare the flavors, textures, and uses of these exciting and diverse fruits.

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The Big 3: Invasive Insects in Vermont & New Hampshire

Date: Friday, September 13
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person / Free for children under 14

Learn about three invasive insects of great concern to our landscapes and forests: jumping worms, spongy moth, and spotted lanternfly; their life cycles, identification and signs, and management techniques. This workshop will be held indoors and includes a PowerPoint presentation.

This workshop is part of the Local Ecosystems Learning Series, led by expert educator Jocelyn Duffy, which aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of our vital ecological systems, their significance, the threats they face, and methods for their preservation and restoration.

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Native Tree Species: Seed Collection

Date: Late September/Early October - Exact Date TBA
Time: TBD
Cost: $15 per person / Free for children under 14

Uncover the unique attributes of native trees and explore how they contribute to biodiversity, soil health, climate regulation, and overall ecosystem resilience. This workshop will offer valuable insights into why native trees matter and how each of us can make a difference in safeguarding their future.

We’ll learn how to identify and gather seeds on our target native species list—Butternut, Ash and Black Cherry—as well as how to seed and propagate each species. And, you’ll get to take some home with you! You will also learn how to participate in Brooke’s citizen science initiative to build an inventory of seed collection sites for her project restoring riparian lands with native seeds.

Join us in celebrating the beauty and significance of native trees and become a steward of our shared natural heritage!

This workshop is part of the Native Seed Learning Series with Brooke Fleischman of the Intervale Conservation Nursery. The series follows the phenological timeline of a few specific native tree species. Learn to identify them in full leaf-out, summer flowers, fall seed production, and winter buds; help collect seeds to contribute to the Intervale’s Conservation Nursery project; and, take some home to grow in your own yard.

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Control of Nature: The Connecticut River and Dams

Date: Friday, October 18
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person / Free for children under 14

Physical (geomorphological) changes to a river system are key to understanding ecological impacts. Learn about the history of the Connecticut River, geomorphology of river systems, and why riparian corridors are important to humans. Recognize our changing relationship with the natural world during industrialization, and understand some of the effects of dams on riparian ecology and ecosystem services.

This workshop is part of the Local Ecosystems Learning Series, led by expert educator Jocelyn Duffy, which aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of our vital ecological systems, their significance, the threats they face, and methods for their preservation and restoration.

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Native Tree Species: Winter Seeding

Date: December 2024 - Exact Date & Details TBA.
Time: TBD
Cost: $15 per person / Free for children under 14

Winter tree bud identification is the practice of recognizing and categorizing tree species based on the unique characteristics of their buds during the dormant season. It involves observing factors like bud size, shape, color, and arrangement on branches to distinguish between different tree species without the presence of leaves.

In this workshop, you will: learn about the critical stage of winter stratification that is needed in order for the seeds to germinate; plant native tree seeds yourself to take home with you; and, learn how to participate in Brooke’s citizen science initiative to build an inventory of seed collection sites for her project restoring riparian lands with native seeds.

This workshop is part of the Native Seed Learning Series with Brooke Fleischman of the Intervale Conservation Nursery. The series follows the phenological timeline of a few specific native tree species. Learn to identify them in full leaf-out, summer flowers, fall seed production, and winter buds; help collect seeds to contribute to the Intervale’s Conservation Nursery project; and, take some home to grow in your own yard.

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Past workshops: Intermediate Gardening, Maple Sugaring: Backyard Basics, Design Your Own Annual Planter, Pollinators on Blueberry Farms, Identify and Manage Common Garden Pests, Harvest Taste Create Play, Farmer-Led Field Walk, Make Your Own Herb Planter, Create Your Own Flower Bouquet, Macrame & Lattes, Fiber Arts: Flower Printing