Retreat Farm is a member of the Farm-Based Education Network: a free member network established to strengthen and support the work of educators, farmers, and community leaders who provide access and experiences of all kinds on working farms. Mark your calendars for these three great upcoming events!
September 13 | Farm-Based Educators Tour - New Jersey
Register Here $30/person
Sites: Fernbrook Farm and Environmental Education Center; Snipes Farm and Education Center, Duke Farms
Building bridges between people and the forests, food, farms, and natural world that sustain them is the common thread between three farm-based education centers in the Northern New Jersey region: Snipes Farm and Education Center, Fernbrook Farms and Environmental Education Center, and Duke Farms. OnTuesday, September 13, join peer farmers and educators to explore the strategies for doing this work, and the infrastructure, programs and people that make it happen. Learn how each site engages kids and families in year-round learning on their farms through standards-based educational programs, bonfire birthday parties, summer camp, home school programs, junior etymologist workshops, family birding, CSA and Pick-Your-Own programs, and the largest allotment-style community garden in the country at Duke Farms. While touring each site, discussion will focus on how the organizations design and sustain their creative educational offerings. Bring your curiosity!
Participants will drive in their own vehicles. Maps will be provided upon registration. Scholarships available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
October 16-18 | ABC's of Farm-Based Education
Register here $250/person. Scholarships available.
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne VT
Discover easy and fun ways to develop agricultural education programs with engaging, kid-tested, educator approved activities! If you are looking for new ideas for an existing program, or are starting to explore the opportunities of farm-based education, this workshop is for you! Spend three days of hands-on, discussion and activity based learning and exploration of the Shelburne Farms campus, including the dairy, farmyard, garden, and forest classrooms. Experience activities from Shelburne Farms' publications Project Seasons and Cultivating Joy and Wonder.
November 4-6 | 6th Farm-Based Education National Gathering
Register here $110/day
The FBEN will mark its 10th anniversary with a celebratory national conference. The event will bring together food, farm and nutrition education practitioners to inspire their work, share tools, and glean new skills. With over 40 workshops to choose from, multiple field trips, farm-to-table meals and festive evening events, this event is not to be missed!