XYZs of Farm-Based Education: Weekend Retreat

Hosted by FBEN and Something Good in the World at the Glynwood Center, Cold Spring, NY

July 5 - 7, 2019


Are you a farm or garden-based educator looking to grow your program and inspire your teaching practice?

This weekend of learning and discussion will engage you through facilitated conversations, hands-on activities, shared meals and farm explorations. Relying on peer expertise and our collective experience, we’ll support one another as we workshop new possibilities for our sites and future collaborations.


In preparation for the retreat you will be asked to:

  • Bring along your favorite resources that have shaped you as a farm-based educator

  • Think about a “dilemma” from your site that you will be seeking peer feedback on

  • Read a short article connected to farm and garden-based education that we will discuss during the weekend

  • Plan an (optional) 10 minute presentation about your site that shares your successes and challenges


This retreat is designed for those who have been doing farm and garden-based education for about 5+ years.


Program Fee: $50.00, includes meals for the weekend. 

Accommodations at Glynwood are $35/person.


Thank you to Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming for their generous support in offering complimentary meeting space!

*Please note: We believe there should be no financial barriers to participation. If you would like to request need-based financial assistance, please contact Vera at

Farm-based educators gather at School Sprouts with Hope Guardenier in Williamsburg, MA (above) and Just Roots in Greenfield, MA (below) during a 2016 Learning Journey. 

About the Facilitators

Barbara Sarbin is the Director of Educational Programs for Something Good in the World. Barbara is responsible for the overall running of educational programs, including the Earth School programs for homeschoolers and programs for public schools, for afterschool, and all of the SGITW projects that take place at Kitchawan Farm and partnering sites.


She’s taught extensively both in schools and universities, as well as independently and is the main teacher for Earth School children ages 7-12. Recognized as a leader in farm-based education Barbara is a member, guest blogger and workshop leader for the Farm-Based Education Network, Project Wild Thing, and the Edible Schoolyard Project. For the past year, she has served as a Roots & Shoots Garden Ambassador, through the Jane Goodall Institute.

Vera Simon-Nobes coordinates program development and communications for the Farm-Based Education Network, and works with a team of Shelburne Farms education staff and other partners to plan agricultural education professional development. On the Farm, Vera assists with family programs and summer camps, and keeps tabs on exciting developments in Vermont’s agritourism community. She connects farmers and educators from Vermont and beyond with resources to help them enhance their farm-based activities.

Vera and Barbara first met in September, 2015, when the FBEN visited Something Good in the World at the Glynwood Center during the annual Learning Journey for Farm-Based Educators. 

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