life on the Farm

Seasonal Activities

The seasonal activities at Hundred Acre Homestead work with the natural rhythms of the farm to promote healing and recovery. There are an abundance of chores to be done each season. This is simple, but essential work that provides a wealth of healthy and therapeutic, in-the-moment, life experience that can restore a person’s work ethic, and help them recognize the importance and satisfaction of their effort. By design, each season offers its own unique opportunity to follow The Homestead’s carefully chosen, carefully implemented healing steps.

Spring gives birth to HOPE…

Spring gives birth to HOPE…

Spring

This is a time to celebrate the awakening of life. The community assists with shearing the sheep and the alpaca, and collecting farm fresh eggs from our chickens! This is also preparation time for the garden - clean up the garden beds and plant the vegetable seedlings. Everyone shares an appreciation of the lengthening days and experiences the warmth of the Sun.

Summer

Colorful, fresh flowers and vegetables are a highlight of this season. Residents enjoy work in the organic garden, visits to the local Farmer’s Market each week, hiking, biking, bonfires on top of the hill with music and smores, trips to cool off in some of Vermont’s most amazing swimming holes, and attending concerts along the waterfront. There are plenty of activities to sign up for… and plenty of maple creemees to be enjoyed.

Fall

As the warm summer days fade into, cool autumn nights, The Homestead prepares for winter. It’s time to harvest the vegetables, preserve them, pick apples and enjoy sweet, fresh cider. Firewood is gathered for the colder nights and the beautiful alpine glow that casts its light across The Homestead is the envy of most photographers.

Winter

As the temperatures drop and snow begins to fall, The Homestead community welcomes the season of introspection. This is a time to explore creativity in the art studio, journal, knit by the fire, play board games, enjoy a game of pool sing along with the karaoke machine, and be social with peers. There is also time to have fun in the snow while building snowmen, x-country skiing, sledding and snowshoeing.


Daily Schedules*

Changing with the seasonal cycles of the farm, the daily schedule integrates the six program components on a daily basis.

Baking homemade cinnamon rolls

Baking homemade cinnamon rolls

There is also designated time in the weekly calendar for clinical attention that focuses on the individual.

Clinical activities may include:

  • Adjunct weekly sessions with a Psychiatrist for medication management and therapy

  • Adjunct sessions with a Licensed Clinical Psychologist

  • Optional – adjunct sessions with a Substance Abuse Counselor

Weekly activities may include:

  • Volunteer Community Service Work at the Vermont FoodBank or Community Lunch in Worcester Village

  • Outdoor Activities - off premises

  • Homestead Projects - farm related, on premises

  • Cooking & baking sessions with staff

  • Art Therapy

  • Community Discussions

  • Music Appreciation Night

  • Dinner - in the greater community

  • Movie Night - in the greater community or on-site

 

Daily Schedule - Summer

Time Activity
8:00 A Wake-up Call
8:30 A Breakfast
9:00 A Medication Distribution
(or when appropriate)
9:30 A Community Meeting & Mindfulness Practice - Staff led
The community will discuss the schedule for the day, share gratitudes and have a lesson in Mindfulness.
10:30 A Barn Chores - House Chores
The house will be divided into groups; one group will do barn chores and another will do house chores. This scheduled rotates daily
11:45 A Personal Hygiene
Showers are available for residents before lunch.
NOON Lunch Preparation & Medication Distribution
1:00 P Lunch
Individuals can clean up their own place setting, scrape food into the compost, and rinse plates before placing them in the dish rack.
1:30 - 5:00 P Homestead Activities
Varies depending on the day of the week. This time is planned for Homestead projects, group or individual yoga & exercise, group hikes on-site, off-site trips, volunteering in the community, or art in the studio.
5:00 P Dinner Preparation & Medication Distribution
5:30 P Dinner Served
Individuals clean up their own place setting as at lunch.
6:45 P Evening Chores
Residents on Barn Chores will let the animals in for the night.
7:00 - 9:30 P Evening Activities
Evening Yoga, Meditation, Game Nights, Mindfulness Groups, Karaoke Fun, Music & Movement and/or Arts & Crafts.
9:00 P Medication Distribution
When appropriate.
9:30 P Personal Journaling
10:00 P Quiet Time
Residents shall be in their rooms quietly for the night.

* Actual schedules may vary depending upon the needs of our residents and the program.

Daily Schedule - Winter

Time Activity
8:00 A Wake-up Call
8:30 A Breakfast
9:00 A Medication Distribution
When appropriate
9:30 A Community Meeting & Mindfulness Practice - Staff led
The community will discuss the schedule for the day, share gratitudes and have a lesson in Mindfulness.
10:30 A Barn Chores - House Chores
The house will be divided into groups; one group will do barn chores and another will do house chores. This scheduled rotates daily
11:45 A Personal Hygiene
Showers are available for residents before lunch.
NOON Lunch Preparation & Medication Distribution
1:00 P Lunch
Individuals can clean up their own place setting, scrape food into the compost, and rinse plates before placing them in the dish rack.
1:30 - 4:00 P Homestead Activities
Varies depending on the day of the week. This time is planned for Homestead projects, group or individual yoga & exercise, group hikes on-site, off-site trips, volunteering in the community, or art in the studio.
4:00 P Evening Barn Chores
Residents on Barn Chores will let the animals in for the night
5:00 P Dinner Preparation & Medication Distribution
5:30 P Dinner Served
Individuals clean up their own place setting as at lunch.
6:30 - 9:30 P Evening Activities
Evening Yoga, Meditation, Game Nights, Mindfulness Groups, Karaoke Fun, Music & Movement and/or Arts & Crafts.
9:00 P Medication Distribution
When appropriate.
9:30 P Personal Journaling
10:00 P Quiet Time
Residents shall be in their rooms quietly for the night.