life on the Farm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Changing with the seasonal cycles of the farm, the daily schedule integrates the six program components on a daily basis.
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
Music Appreciation Night
Dinner - in the greater community
Movie Night - in the greater community or on-site
* Actual schedules may vary depending upon the needs of our residents and the program.