Stonewall Farm offers a variety of farm-based education programs for schools, homeschool and youth groups. Our educators are also available to bring programs to your classroom such as our farm-to-school programs. Each program is approximately two hours in length. Our programs are taught by experienced educators and farmers providing a quality hands-on learning experience for every student. The 120+ acres of pastures, fields, wetlands and forests serve as our classroom.
Fees: Programs are $10 per person/student. Small groups are welcome, but there is a minimum of $100 per group to cover the expense of prepping and running the program. One chaperone per 15 children are admitted free of charge. Additional adults are subject to the $10 per person fee. A $30 educator fee will be charged for large groups larger than 25 students.
The DIRT on Soil and Compost
The DIRT on Soil and Compost: all ages
The soil is ALIVE! Your group will be amazed when they examine soil from different field sites. Students will select plots to collect soil samples to observe. They will learn through inquiry as they find differences in the soils, plants, and general ecosystems at each location. At their last plot, our gardens, they will learn about the magic of compost. Students will have the knowledge to compost on their own when the day is over!
Fall and Spring Program
Surviving the Great Outdoors
Surviving the Great Outdoors: grades 4+
If you were stranded in the woods, would you survive? You will after you attend our Survival Program! Work in groups to create survival shelters, identify edible trees and plants in the forest, track animals, learn to camouflage yourself, and more!
New England Forestry
New England Forestry: Grades 5+
Meet us in the forest! This lesson will include New England tree and plant identification to examine the density and diversity of the forest. Students will learn how to conduct plot sampling, identify local tree species, identify tree condition, find average tree size, and more.
Fall and Spring Program
Adapt and Survive
Adapt and Survive; Preparing for Winter: all ages
Join us to learn about which animals run away from the cold, which animals sleep their days away, and which animals have changed over time to withstand cold conditions. We will hike through Stonewall Farms trails, conducting our own transect studies and looking for animal homes. We will discuss the changes these animals will make as the days get shorter.
Fall foliage is so beautiful, but how do we know what that tree is without its leaves? Let us introduce you to trees in winter. We will help you Identify twigs, bark, buds, and more along a beautiful snowshoe hike. Along the way we will learn to identify winter animal tracks, markings, and homes. Animals may seem few and far between but there is evidence of them all around us!
Take part in the New England tradition that welcomes back spring. Learn the biology and natural history of maple trees, the history of sugarin’, tap a tree and boil some sap. Travel through time to see how sugaring has been done through the ages. Visit our sugar house and try a sweet treat of syrup.
Late Winter through Early Spring
The BUZZ about Bugs!
The BUZZ about Bugs!: All ages
Did you know that 90% of bugs do good deeds at Stonewall farm!? They are called beneficial insects. Learn about bees, butterflies, spiders, dung beetles and more as we hunt for bugs in our organic fields, greenhouses, and pastures!
Wetland Ecology: All Ages
Explore the magic of Stonewall Farm’s wetland habitats. The students will learn how to document their observation with scientific drawings in their very own Wetland Journal. Learn about wetlands as you hunt for frogs, salamanders, cray fish, invertebrates, and more at our wetland boardwalk and secret pond. These creatures teach us a lot about water quality- use your wetland journal to find out the quality of the wetlands at Stonewall Farm!
Ecological Monitoring: grades 6+
Stonewall Farm uses holistic planned grazing, a type of regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is a system of farming principles and practice that increase biodiversity, enriches soil, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystems. Let us show you how we sample our lands to test our water cycles, mineral cycles, energy flow, and community dynamics. This adventure will include transect sampling, plant ID, soil studies, searching for insect activity, and more!
Fall and Spring Program
Farm to School
Farm to School: All ages
Are you interested in starting a school garden? Are you looking for healthy, seasonal produce that helps your students make a connection between the earth and their nutrition? Let SWF help to get you started!
Available Year Round
Farm to Table
Farm to Table: All Ages
There is always something in season at Stonewall Farm. Work with our educators to create a seasonal, farm to table experience with your school/ organization! Washing, picking, carting, and spinning! Try it all, and meet the sheep that gave us this experience!
Available Year Round
Got Milk? All ages
Come join us in the dairy barn. Learn the ins and outs of our happy herd, as we tour the dairy and milk and meet SWF cows! What will we do with all that milk? Make butter, of course!! Got milk? WE DO!
Available All Seasons
Stonewall Farm Sampler
The Stonewall Sampler: up to 5th grade
Is it your first time at Stonewall Farm? Get a taste of all stonewall Farm has to offer. Some of your activities may include milking a cow, touring our dairy barns, harvesting in our beautiful, organic gardens, feeding our sheep and goats, bug hunting, and more!
Available All Seasons
Farming 101: 6th grade+
Take our stonewall Sampler one step further, for older groups. They will get the same hands on farm experience, but with added information on regenerative agriculture, organic gardening, and the science behind the farm!
Available Year Round
Savory Institute Accreditated Programs and Courses
Introduction to Holistic Management
Saturday, Febuary 23 from 9 to 4
Learn the basics of Holistic Management (HM) and grazing planning. This workshop will cover the HM framework with real life examples and practical application to our regional farming (dairy, beef, veggie, goat, sheep, fruit, berry) including an overview and explanation of both holistic planned grazing and holistic financial planning. There will be ample time for discussion on real life applications throughout the day.
Instructor: Phyllis Van Amburgh from Dhamra Lea Farm in Sharon Springs, New York. Their dairy farm produces milk for the Maple Hill Creamery. They have been using holistic planned grazing to regenerate the land of their farm for many years now. Once a HUb in the Savory Global HUB Network, Phyllis is still an accreditated professional in the Savory Institute. The Van Amburghs recently presented two workshops focused on grazing management at the Growing Pennsylvania’s Organic Farms Conference, held in December 2017. They frequently speak on grass-fed dairying, sharing their experiences and knowledge. Visit Dharma Lea for more information on their farm and grazing management practices. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org
9 Day Holistic Management Intensive
May 14 through May 22
A new approach is needed to address the most pressing global problems we face today: global climate change, failing agriculture, increased droughts and flood events, catastrophic rates of soil erosion, hunger and poverty, among other disasters, combined with the broadening recognition that our economic models, based on the flawed presumption of infinite growth in a world of finite resources, are inherently unsustainable.This new approach needs to involve a paradigm shift, a whole new way of thinking, because the old ways of thinking have helped create these global problems. Holistic Management is a framework for decision-making that supports individuals and groups to make a paradigm shift.
This 9 day comprehensive course covers the fundamentals of Holistic Management, Holistic Financial Planning, Ecological Monitoring, Planned Grazing, Land Planning, Holistic Management Fundamentals. Options to take part of the course as a 3 day Fundamental class is also available at a pro-rated fee. This course is required as part of the process in becoming an Accredited Professional with the Savory Institute. Benefits of the course include:
- Manage land to improve its health and create a sustainable future for generations to come.
- Increase profits, stocking rates, and crop yields.
- Increase biodiversity: native perennials, wildlife, soil microorganisms.
- Improve quality of life.
- Mitigate flood, drought and climate change.
- Whether you are a farmer, conservationist, government employee, business person or informed consumer, this whole landbase, whole system approach to resource management gives you the management tools to understand nature and work with it.
Instructor: Byron Shelton, Senior Program Director at the Savory Institute Bryon’s role involves providing training in Holistic Management for the worldwide network of Savory Institute HUB’s and Accredited Professionals. He also provides farm and ranch management consulting for the Savory Institute.
Register: email email@example.com
• school vacation camps •
Full Week $225
Full Day is $55
The day starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:00 PM.
Before Care is available from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM for $8 per day
After Care is available from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM for $12 per day.
Celebrate the maple sugaring season with Stonewall Farm! Have you ever wondered how trees make sap? Who discovered maple syrup? or how to identify a Sugar Maple leaf? Campers will experience this New England tradition first-hand from start to sweet finish!
Spring Vacation Camp
Spring into action with your favorite farm friends- hiking, cooking, games, sheep sheering & goat walks. Sign up for 1 day or the entire week! Before care and after care available as needed.
Winter is an excellent time to learn how our forest friends adapt and survive the cold. Weather permitting, we will snowshoe to look for signs of animals and learn a few tracking techniques. Of course we will visit with and care for our farm animals inside the barns and save some time for some snow fun. Please feel free to bring a sled with you!
February 26 – March 2
Winter Vacation Camp
A full week of winter fun here on the farm with an artistic twist!! We will be exploring all areas of the farm this week. Sign up for one day or the entire week! Please feel free to bring a sled with you as we will be spending some time on our beautiful sledding hills.
Before care and after care available as needed.
The farm comes to life in the spring from our wetlands and vernal pools to wildflowers and more! Campers will explore wetlands, forests and fields during this spring theme camp!
PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND SPACES ARE LIMITED SO CONTACT US TODAY!
Vacation and Summer Camps
Stonewall Farm offers school vacation and summer camps. Children explore, learn and play using the farm’s extensive fields, forests, trails and barns as their campus.
We also offer farm-based education programs for schools and youth groups teaching students about agriculture, our local food system and the environment.
• summer camp 2018 •
Camp sessions run weekly starting June 25th and ending August 17th. Camp is $210 per week. Discount rates for siblings is $185 a week. Camp runs Monday through Friday starting at 8:30 am and ending at 4:00 pm.
- Before Care is available from 7:30 to 8:30 am Monday through Thursday for $15 a week.
- After Care is available from 4:00 to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday for $25 a week.
- Scholarship assistance is available.
Camp Program Descriptions
The New Hampshire Storytelling Association coordinates with us to bring professional storytellers to the camp every Friday. Campers also enjoy hay rides and overnight camping with campfire for children 8 years and older. Families are invited to picnic and enjoy a presentation every Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30.
Peepers Ages 3, 4 & 5: Get to know farm animals, explore gardens, forests and fields, crafts, storytelling, cooking and make new friends. A balance of structured activities and supervised free exploration to provide an opportunity for children to grow.
Ramblers Ages 6 & 7: Begin each day with farm chores and enjoy a sampling of all the farm offers from the barn to the garden to the kitchen. Camp crafts, traditional games, nature hikes and exploration round out the experience.
Pioneers Ages 8 & 9: Explore our gardens and animals as a food and fiber source. Crafts, farm to table culinary programs, and adventures in our fields and forests deepen and understanding of local food production and the natural world.
Explorers Ages 10 & 11: Learn in greater depth about the jobs and specific skills required to be a farmer. It isn’t all work, though! There is time to hike, keep cool in the creek, work on a week long weaving project and more!
Wanderers Ages 12 & 14: this leadership based program uses experiential education techniques to build self awareness and ability to work with a team. Campers also design and create a farm based product they work on over their week at the farm. There is plenty of time for exploration and fun!
CIT Ages 14 & up: This 3 week program focuses on developing leadership skills through experiential education activities so they begin to develop the skills needed to be a counselor. They have an opportunity to plan and lead activities with the younger children under the guidance of a seasoned camp counselor. CIT’s also design and create a sustainability project that will benefit the farm and local food system. CITs completing the 3 week program may sign up for Experience weeks. Experience weeks provide them an opportunity to continue to build and practice their counselor skills working alongside experienced counselors (Experience Weeks are an additional $75 per week).
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Stonewall Farm offers classes for hobbyists and farmers on crafting, agriculture, cooking, homesteading and more. Check back often as we are frequently adding new classes and will continue to expand our offerings!