Expected opening Memorial day weekend 2017
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farming, exploration and discovery, outdoor play, and hands-on investigation
In Spring 2017, Retreat Farm will open the Children’s Farm and Forest, a diversified small farm and educational forest designed to engage and delight all ages. Visitors will be able to feed and groom our animals and learn about their care from our farmers and explore several new program areas.
Local nursery and preschools, elementary schools, camps, and enrichment programs for all ages will continue to be be able to schedule high-quality educational field trips. In addition, we will continue our curriculum collaboration with Food Connects and other local partners to offer farm-based programming developed to serve the curriculum objectives of local public schools.
The revitalized Calf Barn will serve as the program’s home, housing our animals, a three-season classroom, an educational play area, and a brand-new Farm Shop.
The Piggery overlooking the Calf Barn will serve as our expansive outdoor campus, featuring a children’s garden, animals on pasture, a pollinator garden, and a new nature trail through the surrounding forest.
New programming will include:
Workshops & Intergenerational Family Programs providing in-depth opportunities to learn
about gardening, animal husbandry, pasture management, cheese-making, ice cream-making,
plant identification and forest ecology, nature- and farm-based crafts, & the history of Retreat Farm
Outdoor Play & Adventure areas designed for a range of ages
Volunteer work-learn opportunities at the farm, garden, and forest for local teens and adults
Winter programming emphasizing nature education, outdoor recreation, and farm crafts