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Farm School Program (10 yrs +)

The goals of this program are to inspire a deep connection to the land and animals, and building the capacities for confidence, independence, and joy in life and work. 

This program is geared towards kids aged 10-15 years old. This program only runs on Tuesdays. This program is designed to deepen understanding of farm skills, offer more responsibility and independence to older children, and help them to set and attain goals. Our curriculum last year has included building a forge, whittling bows, arrows, and spoons, cooking classes, hide tanning, basket weaving, handwork with wool, and natural dyeing.

Reconnect your child to the rhythm of the seasons by giving them a full day each week to be outdoors! Kids in Farm School opt out of their traditional school (e.g. public, private, or homeschool) one day per week to come to the Farm. Many students benefit from the grounding and belonging the farm provides.

We offer flexible participation options. If your child would like to attend every other week, please shoot us an email at newvillagefarmprograms@gmail.com.

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Registration

This year, we have modified our registration format from a trimester system to a semester system. If parents decide to commit their children to a full year of Farm School, we are offering a 10 percent discount to the price!

Our Full Year will run Tuesdays-Fridays, from September 5th, 2023 through May 31st, 2024, with a Winter Break from December 23rd through February 4th. 

Our Fall Semester will run Tuesdays-Fridays, from September 5th through December 22nd, 2023.

Sibling Discount: After signing up your first child, we offer a 10% sibling discount for subsequent siblings.

Daily Flow

8:30-9:00 // Arrival

9:10 // Morning Circle

9:30 // Chores

10:30 // Snack

10:50 // Project time 

11:30 // Secondary Chores

12:15 // Hike to Lunch

1:00 // Project time

1:45 // Hike back to the Farm

2:00 // Afternoon Checks

2:30 // Project wrap up time

2:45 // Closing Circle

3:00 // Pick up

What to bring:

  • Hearty snack and lunch

  • 2 filled water bottles (and warm drink, when it's cold)

  • Sunscreen 

  • Bug spray

  • Hat 

  • Gardening gloves

  • Weather appropriate clothing

  • Rain coat and pants

  • Boots

  • A change of clothes, including extra socks and boots

  • Please leave all electronics (including smart watches) at home. (If your child has a cell phone, we require them to keep it in their bag or backpack unless they need to contact a parent or guardian.)

  • If your child owns a whittling knife or pocket knife that they know how to safely use, they are welcome to bring it. Knives are helpful tools on the farm, but they are a privilege and not a right. We will go over proper knife handling at appropriate times before personal knives are permitted. If your child is using a knife for anything other than its intended purpose, we reserve the right to confiscate it and return it to you at the end of the day.

Scheduling

We generally follow the Champlain Valley School District’s calendar. In addition to our Winter break (December 23rd through February 4th), we also take off Thanksgiving week (November 21st-24th), February Break (February 27th-March 1st), Spring Break (April 22nd-26th).

Snow Days

Again, we generally follow the Champlain Valley School District’s snow day policy. If there are more than 3 canceled snow days in a semester, we will offer a makeup day.

Sick Days

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds for sick days. It might be possible to schedule a makeup day for your child. Please get in touch with us!

Safety

We will educate the children in safe farm conduct around poisonous plants, electric fences, and the animals. New Village Farm reserves the right to terminate its relationship with any child who infringes on the safety of themselves or others by consistently violating the boundaries and conduct requested of them.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • For each registration, there is a $200 non refundable deposit built into the cost.

  • If you cancel before August 21st, we will provide a full refund minus the $75 non-refundable deposit.

  • If you cancel between August 22nd and September 15th, we will provide a 50% refund.

  • After September 15th, we cannot offer a refund of payment, but we can offer some credit on a case by case basis.

New Village Farm's Tax ID: 27-4665607

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