Workshops and Events

All workshops will be held at 225 Pavillion Rd, East Thetford, VT.

If registration for a workshop is full and you would like to be added to a waitlist, please email our Education Programs Manager Nora at nora@cedarcirclefarm.org.

October 15 – Family Fun Day

October 19 — Tree ID Workshop

October 22 – Empanada Workshop

October 22 — Bavarian Pretzel Making Workshops


​Family Fun Day – October 15th

Cedar Circle welcomes the community to the farm on October 15, 2022 for a day of free fall festivities! Bring your friends and family to participate in our autumn activities.

Costumes are encouraged! Hope to see you there!

All Day

  • Pumpkin Picking
  • Self-Guided Games: pumpkin bowling, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, spooky spider toss, and fall farm bingo
  • Build your own fairy house in the Enchanted Forest

10–11:30 AM Kids Activities

  • Leaf rubbing
  • Veggie printing

11:30-1:30 Live music by The Whipple Hillbillies

11:30 AM Hot lunch from the Cedar Circle Kitchen (until it runs out!) *priced per item

11:30 AM Cider pressing: Help make fresh cider in our press!

12:30–2:00 PM Kids Activities

  • Leaf rubbing
  • Veggie printing

1:00 PM Cider pressing: Help make fresh cider in our press!


Tree ID Workshop

Come join the Ong Agroecology Lab from Dartmouth for shoulder season tree/shrub identification! This workshop will be led by Kristen Jovanelly, Dartmouth agroecology graduate student and our Little Farmers educator. All ages are welcome!

Date: Wednesday, October 19th (rescheduled due to weather)
Time: 5:00-6:15pm
Cost: FREE!


October 22nd Workshops

Empanada Workshop

Nando, the creator and chef behind Moon and Stars Arepas, will guide you through the process of making empanadas from scratch using corn grown at Cedar Circle Farm! You’ll learn about the ancient traditions associated with processing corn into the foods we love, including shelling, nixtamalization, grinding, and pressing. We will end with eating winter squash filled empanadas together, with many ingredients from the farm.

*This program is open to adults and families that are excited to engage with all the steps involved in cooking empanadas. Suggested age: 7 & older. Feel free to email molly@cedarcirclefarm.org if you have any questions about this.

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 10:30am-12pm
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 & under

Moon and Stars is an organization based in Vermont’s Upper Valley. Their mission is to connect community, traditional food, and regenerative farming through heirloom corn and the arepa-making process. The organization strives to provide nutrient-dense and culturally vital food, while both engaging community in ancestral knowledge and creating new ideas about cultural and environmental sustainability.

Bavarian Pretzel Making

Celebrate tasty traditions by making Bavarian pretzels just like the ones served at the world-famous Oktoberfest! The workshop, taught by Cedar Circle’s lead baker, will include all the steps and techniques in pretzel making and will focus on 3 shapes - the pretzel, the single-strand braid, and the pretzel roll. We will explore all sorts of toppings, including seeds, everything bagel seasoning, Swiss cheese, ham, tomato-based sauce, and pepperoni. We will also learn all about pretzel history, and why traditional pretzels are lye-dipped. Come prepared to get your hands dirty and don’t forget to bring your appetite!

Date: Saturday, October 22nd
Time: 3:00-5:30pm
Cost: $30 per person

This workshop will be indoors and masks are required.


Past Workshops (2022)

Planning for a Successful Season

Come learn from our farm educators about the many different aspects of growing food, in order to get the most out of your garden this season. Bring your questions and ideas to share with the group, and a notebook to start recording your plan!

Beginner Class

This workshop is a general overview of the many factors to consider as you plan your garden, including different crops’ requirements and nutrient needs, our hardiness zone, and possible pests/diseases you may encounter. Other topics we will discuss include crop rotation, season extension, companion planting, and cover cropping.

This class is geared towards growers with 0-2 seasons of experience, as an introduction or refresher.

Dates:

  • Tuesday, April 19th, 5:30–7 PM
  • Tuesday, May 24th, 5:30–7 PM

Cost: $15

Intermediate Class

This workshop will cover similar content to the beginner level, but in greater detail. We will discuss strategies for increasing productivity and soil health such as crop rotations, crop successions, companion planting, season extension, and cover cropping. We will also focus more specifically on topics such as prevention and management of diseases, pests, and nutrient needs.

This class is geared towards growers with experience looking to dig deeper into their gardening practice.

Date: Saturday, April 23rd
Time: 10–11:30 AM

Cost: $15


Grow a Mother’s Day Planter

Our greenhouse staff will help you design, arrange, and plant your very own 10” planter using plants from our greenhouses. Learn how to care for your planted arrangements, too! Makes a great gift for any mom in your life or a great way to add some color to your outdoor space! Cost includes a pot, soil, and plants. You are welcome to create one pot as a group, but if you’d like to create more than one pot please register a second time. Participants are welcome to bring their favorite 10” pot if they prefer!

Date: Saturday, May 7th
Times: 10–11 AM or 12:30–1:30 PM

Cost: $35 per container


OPEN FARM WEEK FARM TOUR

No-Till Vegetable Transition

Cedar Circle is committed to no-till and minimum-till research and transitioning the farm to a regenerative organic production model. Join our Research and Development team for a tour of our no-till plots. Hear how we’re transitioning from organic conventional tillage to no-till production and learn about nutrient management and the weed challenges that come with it.

Date: Tuesday, August 9th @ 6:30pm
Cost: FREE! No registration required.


OPEN FARM WEEK FARM TOUR

Diversified Organic Vegetable and Fruit Production

Tour our production fields with farm manager, Kevin Haggerty. Bring your questions and enthusiasm for organic production in the Upper Valley!

Date: Wednesday, August 10th @ 6:30pm
Cost: FREE! No registration required.


DEEP DIG ON TOMATOES SERIES

We are excited to be hosting a 3-part tomato series this summer! Topics include Growing Techniques & Tips, Variety Selection & Taste Test, and Canning & Preservation. Participants are welcome to sign up for one, two, or all three workshops.

WORKSHOP 1: Growing Techniques & Tips

Learn from our vegetable production manager all you need to make the most of tomato season! We will cover all the steps of caring for tomatoes including planting, trellising, pruning, watering, fertilization, and pest and disease management. We will tour our tomato greenhouses to see some examples of these different topics firsthand. This workshop is geared towards anyone with gardening experience who wants to hone in on their skills growing tomatoes, whether they are cherry tomatoes, slicers, determinate, or indeterminate varieties.

Date: Wednesday, June 22nd @ 5:30-7pm

Cost: $15 per person

WORKSHOP 2: Variety Selection & Taste Test

Join our Vegetable Production Manager for the second offering in our tomato series: a tomato tasting event! Participants will explore the diverse variety of tomatoes that are grown here at Cedar Circle Farm. We’ll dive into the histories of the unique varieties that we grow, as well as discuss how we choose our tomato varieties. Tour our tomato greenhouses to get a behind the scenes look at one way to grow this popular summer crop. Finally we’ll taste the many different tomatoes grown on the farm to compare the different flavors, textures, and uses of these exciting and diverse fruits.

Date: Tuesday, August 30th @ 5:30-7pm

Cost: $10 per person

WORKSHOP 3: Canning & Preservation

For the final workshop in our tomato series, help our Kitchen team make a delicious batch of Cedar Circle Farm tomato sauce! You will learn all the steps of the canning process, and participate in transforming fresh tomatoes into shelf-stable sauce. Every participant will leave with a 16 oz jar to enjoy at home! The Kitchen team will share some of their favorite ways to preserve Cedar Circle’s bountiful produce of all the different seasons.

Date: Tuesday, September 20 @ 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Cost: $40/person

Optional: Purchase tomatoes at our bulk price to apply your knowledge and preserve at home later! Each 10 lb flat costs $35. Tomato season is almost over!