Farm Education in the Monadnock Region

Stonewall Farm educator Sarah Antel, showing a camper how to milk a cow.

Help us brainstorm! Below is a short list of youth farm education programs or initiatives in our region.

Do you have others to add? Add them to the comments section below or email jen@hannahgrimes.com.

Cornucopia Project: The Cornucopia Project is a program committed to teaching young people about healthy nutrition. The project involves integrating work in a greenhouse and school garden into the school curriculum. Through hands-on experience with growing and harvesting food, participating students will see many elements of their standard curriculum (science, history, geography, social studies) brought to life. Beyond this, they will gain actual experience with the importance of thoughtful stewardship of the land and the value of locally grown food. Cornucopia Project students will grow, cook, and share their food at the lunch table. And they will get the taste of real “fast food” – picked fresh and eaten only steps away from where it was grown. This project serves the ConVal school district and runs two after-school and summer day programs, as well as school-time programs in two district elementary schools and one middle school.  Plus their work at Crotched Mountain.
http://cornucopiaproject.org.

Early Sprouts Program: The Early Sprouts Garden Project engages preschool children in a 24-week nutrition and gardening program.  Children work in raised organic garden beds, explore vegetables using all of their senses, and learn how to cook six types of vegetables.  Families receive a “take-home prep kit” each week, with a recipe and all the needed ingredients to reinforce learning.  One parent shares, “My son went from being excited about dinosaurs to being excited about squash … we have eight varieties in our home right now.” http://www.earlysprouts.org.

Green Keene Teens: Green Keene Teens is a fairly new environmental group started by 16-year-old Lucy Allosso of Keene. It now consists of twelve teens, with more planning to join. The club currently volunteers at Stonewall Farm, is planning events to raise awareness of “going green”, and is fundraising for their trip to Costa Rica – set to occur next February. They hope to visit Punta Mona, a sustainable community, where almost everything the inhabitants need is produced right on the island. If you are interested in learning more, check out http://www.greenkeeneteens.com.

Harris Center: Week-long farm summer camp for teens. To find out more, or to register for any of our programs call 603-525-3394 or email spikol@harriscenter.org Susie Spikol, Youth and Family Program Coordinator.

Orchard Hill School: Farmers & Foragers is part of a series of after school programs provided by the Orchard School.  Topics include: animal care, wild plant foods, churning butter, building shelters, tanning hides, planting gardens, and preparing meals. 603-835-2495;  http://theorchardschool.org.

Hooper Institute: Walpole students entering grades 9 through 12 next year can apply for summer work at local farms doing farm chores and caring for a variety of animals.  For more information, call 603-756-4382.  Leave your name, address, and phone number and an application will be mailed to you.

Stonewall Farm Camp: Join our camp family and enjoy summer days filled with fun, farming and friendship!  Our camp program introduces campers to the diverse world of organic agriculture, and the unique role farms play in our daily lives.  We blend a variety of farm experiences with nature study and traditional camp favorites to create a unique program for campers ages 4 – 13. Whether this is your first year as a camper or your fifth, Stonewall Farm Summer Camp is an experience not to be missed! http://www.stonewallfarm.org/camps.html.

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  1. Cultivating Community Connections: from seed to table

    C3 is a collaborative project between the Cheshire Career Center and Stonewall Farm with the purpose of using hands-on education to relay the importance of maintaining a relationship between agriculture and the community. Culinary, horticulture and marking students participating in the Cheshire Career Center work to cultivate, process and market their own soup product. This environmentally sustainable agribusiness within the schools will effectively educate youth about the inherent connection between farming, land stewardship, community, leadership and the economy. The soup can be found at the high school cafe! Contact Stonewall Farm for more information.

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