Agriculture and Food

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Visit Length: Visits are designed for 3 to 4 hours; we can accommodate longer and shorter visits.
Group Size: Groups of any size are welcome! Large groups may be divided for a portion of the visit.
Fee: $5.00 per student. 1 adult free for every 7 students.
Transportation providers free.

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

Food For Thought

Offered: September 4–October 31, 2019 & April 15–June 26, 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? Examine a variety of foods and discuss their seasonal availability, where they are grown and how they reach distant markets. Discover different methods of preserving foods, and make pasta by hand to understand how technology has impacted the way we eat.

The Mystery Bag

Offered: September 4–October 31, 2019 & April 15–June 26, 2020

Discover the farm through your sense of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell.

PRE-SCHOOL–GRADE 1 Using your five senses, your imagination, and abag of mysteries, learn about the variety of animals on a family farm. Children may share their own knowledge of animals and the importance of livestock for work, food, clothing, and companionship.

An Apple a Day

Offered: September 4 – October 31, 2019

A hands-on exploration of the history and science of this harvested crop.

GRADES K–6 Visit our apple orchard and discover over two dozen historic and modern varieties; look for apple pests and helpers, and examine harvesting tools. Press apples into cider and sample the delicious product. Peel apples using an old-style peeler and prepare them for drying. Analyze the life cycle of apples and connect each stage to its appropriate season.

GRADES 4–6 Observe an apple tree graft and investigate the methods and tools for grafting. Can one tree bear more than one variety of apple?

Pumpkins: Farming, Feasting, & Fables

Offered: September 4 – October 31, 2019

Delicious and nutritious food for humans and animals.

GRADES K–6 Every pumpkin is a squash, but not every squash is a pumpkin. Do you know why? Consider the many uses of this popular symbol of autumn and see varieties that come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Each class may select a pumpkin to take back to the classroom.

Can You Dig It?

Offered: April 15 – June 26, 2020

How does your garden grow?

GRADES K–3 Use all five senses while working in our farm gardens. Shell a bean pod from last year’s harvest, plant in the gardens, make a “bean buddy” to take home, and taste a garden-fresh treat. Learn about the role of pollinators and find examples of patterns and colors.

GRADES 4–8 Explore seed saving, make an herbal teabag, and investigate how major events like World Wars I & II changed the way Americans thought about growing their own food. Learn the importance of Victory Gardens, look at historic Victory Garden posters, and create your own example.