Starting a Farm from Scratch: Part 1
by Chris Grataski
The Clovis Program is focused on the ancient human lineage of hunter-gatherer cultures and the lessons they have to teach us. This program takes place at the Twinfield Union School in Plainfield. There are two, semesters; one spring and one fall which can be taken together or separately. The program is for students 10-16 who will be divided into different age related groups depending on the number of students.
Each week the students will be guided to further their education of wilderness self-reliance and naturalist studies. Each semester will have three to five themes that will run throughout, informing the curriculum, allowing us to go deeper into the subject and ensuring the students engage with the information and skills in a variety of ways. This creates a more thorough education and helps to build lasting understanding of our studies.
This year, the themes for Clovis are:
Fall Plant Journaling Wood Carving Natural Fibers Awareness Games Shelter
Spring Wildlife Tracking Mammal Studies Fire Winter Trees and Teas Accuaracy Games
In learning these skills students get an opportunity to cultivate personal strength and understanding of oneself. Each day at the Clovis Program includes time working on core skills such as tracking and awareness, hands on projects with natural materials, and time learning about the landscape. As the months go by students begin to build their knowledge and understanding through practice and study, and experience the achievement of completing long term skills projects. In order to ensure student to teacher ratios we will be limiting the class size to fourteen students per group.
This program will be held at Twinfield Union School in Plainfield, VT
106 Nasmith Brook Rd, Plainfield, VT 05667
Cost and Dates:
Deposit $500 Balance: $1200 Full Price: $1700 ($100 off)
You are welcome to pay for semesters individually at a different rate.
The program days are as follows: September 14, 21, October 5, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 7, 14. Every session is on Thursday, from 9AM-3:00PM
Deposit: $300 Balance: $600 Full Price: $900
The program dates are Thursdays March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, May 3, 10, 17. We will not be meeting on April 12, 19, 26.
Deposit: $200 Balance: $400 Full Price: $600
When your child is with us, we understand their safety is our first responsibility and we take that seriously. One of the first things we do with every new group is to teach hazard awareness of the landscape that is our classroom such as poison ivy, ticks, spiders, etc. We follow a safety protocol regarding the use of all sharp or edged tools. Since accidents can happen, at every program there is at least one staff member present in each group who has current wilderness medical training. Our staff carries radios, and when applicable cell phones and all of our locations are close enough to not be considered "back country". We take pride in creating a safe environment for our students to experience the growth and self-discovery that comes from taking risks.
Online registrations are preferred, but registration by mail is accepted. Either proceed online above, or mail in the forms below with a check for the deposit.