Dates: November 1 – 16, 2018
Visit Length: Visits are designed for 4 hours. We can accommodate shorter visits.
Group Size: Minimum: 10 students/program; maximum 50.
Fee: $6.00 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.
Life on the Farm: Explore the Past and Experience the Present
An hands-on experience that places Vermont dairy farming within the context of agricultural history.
GRADES 3–8 Using the farm’s cows, horses, sheep, oxen, and chickens – plus crops and wood – we will examine the changes in farm markets, process, and product. Students will be introduced to the roles and responsibilities of young people by:
• Studying a cow in the Billings herd
• Churning butter by hand
• Pressing cider
• Carding and spinning wool
• Sawing wood with a cross-cut saw
• Experiencing a horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm
The Family Farm – The Child’s Role
A farm child’s responsibilities.
GRADES K–3 We’ll examine the chores, responsibilities, skills, and leisure activities of children ages five to nine on a Vermont hill farm.
• Observe the cows, horses, sheep, oxen, and chickens in the livestock barns; what work needs to be done?
• Churn butter and taste the results. Is your butter good enough to trade at the general store?
• Explore the tools and possessions that were part of a child’s everyday life on a hill farm and compare and contrast those of today’s children.
• Experience a horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm and play historic games.
Farming and the Industrial Revolution
Continuity and change in farming during the pre- and post-Industrial Revolution.
GRADES 4–8 Farming in New England had been practiced the same way for 200 years – until the Industrial Revolution changed everything. For instance, in 1820 a farmer worked 60 hours to produce one acre of wheat; 70 years later, a farmer worked just nine hours to produce that same acre of wheat. Learn how technology and tools advanced; how land use evolved and changed; and the Revolution’s impact on geography, demographics, and families.
Winter Preparation and Thanksgiving
A bountiful harvest will see us through the winter.
GRADES 1–8 Late autumn is a time of preparation for winter on the farm and in the home. Help with harvest activities and learn about work and animal care on the farm during the winter. Join us in the farmhouse sitting room for sewing and in the kitchen to bake cookies in the wood stove. Discover why Thanksgiving was one of the two most important 19th century holidays (July 4th was the other), and how today’s traditions evolved.