Farm-Based Education Immersion 

Immersions invite attendees into a 2-day experience with peer farm-based educators as they shadow, reflect on, and give feedback on the host site's programming, while gathering ideas and inspiration for their own farms. Teams from the same organization/farm are encouraged to apply. Please contact us if you're interested in hosting or participating in an immersion program! 

Past Immersions: 2018 at Cedar Circle Farm

East Thetford, VT

October 15 - 16, 2018 

Application period ended September 14, 2018:



Cedar Circle is a farm with a social mission: they engage the community to develop and share practices that promote regenerative agriculture, good health, and a resource-rich environment. Their classroom is forty acres of organic production fields, a riparian area along the Connecticut River, forested spaces, greenhouses, and more. The Immersion at Cedar Circle Farm invites you to shadow, critique, and participate in a school program, a homeschool program, and a drop-in early childhood program for children ages 2-5 and their parents. All of the programs encourage authentic observations, problem solving, and hands-on activities, inquiry-based investigations, games, and experiments.

This professional development immersion is designed for individuals or teams of educators, farmers or leaders who are working together at a farm-based education site. The total number of participants is limited to 6.

Participants will explore students’ relationships to agriculture and ecology, community, and personal health by participating in and reflecting on programming with Cedar Circle’s Education Programs Manager, Eric Tadlock. Eric oversees program planning and development, as well as maintaining ongoing programs such as group tours, classes, and summer camp. The intention of the Immersion is to facilitate the cross-pollination of approaches among farm-based educators. The Immersion will conclude with a reflection so participants can share ideas, suggestions, questions, and critiques of the Cedar Circle programming, and discuss the learning they plan to bring home.



Program Dates: 1:00 pm, Monday October 15 - 5:00 pm Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Cost: $20/per person to participate.

Meals: A farm-raised lunch will be provided on Tuesday 10/16 and is included in your $20 program fee. Other meals are on your own. Coffee, pastries, salads, and small sides are available to purchase at the Cedar Circle Farm Store and Cafe. Nearby dining options include: Blue Sparrow Kitchen, King Arthur Flour Cafe.


Lodging: Accommodations are available near the farm. Participants are responsible for covering their lodging costs. Options include: Four Springs Farm, Royalton, VT, Dowd’s Country Inn - Lyme, NH, Norwich Inn - Norwich, VT, Lyme Inn - Lyme, NH. There are also AirBnb options in the area.

Past Immersions: 2018 at The Farm School

Athol, MA

May 28 - 30, 2018 

Application period ended May 7, 2018


Immerse yourself in a place where careful mentoring, meaningful work, humor and kindness are at the center of their work in farm-based education. Participants in the Farm-Based Education Immersion (FBEI) are invited to shadow the Program for Visiting Schools at The Farm School, a multi-day, residential farm program for classes of elementary and middle schoolers.

In The Farm School’s particular model of farm education, meaningful farm work is the basis of the experience, giving children and visiting teachers the opportunity to experience their own value and capacity to contribute. The staff of Farmer-Teachers engage kids in the daily work, rhythms, tasks and culture of farm life, seamlessly integrating them into the work of the farm.

This professional development immersion is designed for teams of 2-3 educators, farmers or leaders who are already working together in a farm-based education organization. Participants will explore their understanding of students’ relationship to work and community by participating fully in a two-and-a-half day program. Reflection time with Farm School staff and founders is built into the experience. The intention is to facilitate the cross-pollination of approaches between organizations to uplift our collective work of connecting people to land, farms and food systems.

The program dates are 8:30 AM, Monday May 28 - 1 PM, Wednesday May 30. Lodging in canvas tents will be provided onsite by The Farm School. Meals will be provided Monday breakfast through Wednesday lunch. Participants are welcome to arrive the Sunday night before the program starts, but minimal hosting will be available until Monday morning when Farm School staff start work.

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