Homeschool & Outreach

Hours: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Consider extending your visit! Plan to stay after 2:00 p.m. to explore the Farm & Museum.
Group Size: Individuals and groups of any size. A minimum of 8 students must be registered to present the program. Maximum of 40 students.
Fee: $5.00 per student; vehicle drivers free; all other adults $10 each. Children of Billings Farm & Museum members $3.00; vehicle drivers free; all other member adults $5.00 each.

Register online or call 802-457-2355: weekdays 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Homeschool Programs


Art on the Farm

Monday, Sept. 16 or Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

Spend time with Kristina Rodanas, our Artist-in-Residence, as we explore the farm through an artist’s eyes. We’ll use observation, critical thinking, and creativity to discover more about the plants, animals, landscape, and history of Billings Farm. Participants will learn about historic crafts, hear and write poetry, look for patterns and colors on the farm and take home their own seed sculptures and piece of landscape art.


Tools of the Trade: Technology and Farming

Monday, April 27 or Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Learn about the tools and technologies used on a farm and how they have evolved over the years. We’ll look at artifacts from our collections and compare them to modern-day tools, then see for ourselves how the right technology can make a job easier. Students will thresh and grind grain, learn about milking, churn butter, see the farm’s oxen in action, and more.

 

 

Outreach Programs

Fee: $75 for first program; $50 for additional programs. Mileage fee: current federal reimbursement rate.


Food For Thought

September 2019 – June 2020

How preservation, transportation, and technology have influenced our diets.

GRADES 1–8 Do you know where your food comes from and how it was prepared? Make pasta noodles and peel and dry apples to discover the work involved in food preparation and preservation. Examine a variety of foods and discuss their seasonal availability, where they are grown, and how they reach distant markets. Learn how advances in technology and transportation have impacted the way we eat, in comparison to the diet of a family in 1890.

Program length – 11⁄2 hours


What Can You See? Explorations in Historic Photography

September 2019 – June 2020

Using photographs, trace the evolution of farming and farm families.

GRADES 3–8 As a class, students will view historic photographs and learn the techniques of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), an inquiry-based method of examining art, to discover the changes in farming, forestry, and mechanization from the late 19ththrough the 20th centuries. Students will break into small groups to practice VTS with additional photographs and present their findings to the class.

Program length –11⁄2 hours