The Farm Program

Our horticultural program provides individuals with the skills necessary to raise from seed or transplant a variety of garden vegetables and other plants.

Lettuce from seed 2012

Lettuce from seed 2012

Our participants are taught to plant, weed, water and harvest vegetable and flower gardens.

Market Ready

Market Ready

Newport Farmer's Market Booth

Newport Farmer’s Market Booth

They also gain experience working with the public and handling money while selling the crops they grow at the Newport Farmers Market.

In our non-riding equine program, participants work with donkeys. We teach the skills necessary to do ground work with and around the equines. These skills include grooming, haltering, and leading.

Our program offers participants the opportunity to exhibit the donkeys at the Newport Farmers Market, local parades, and at a local donkey show.

Through a various farm projects such as building a woodstack, cleaning stalls, tack maintenance, or brush clearing,

New fencing for the donkeys

New fencing for the donkeys

the underlying life skills such as communication, teamwork and following proper procedures are emphasized.

Community involvement is an integral part of the Road To Independence program. For the past five seasons Road to Independence participants have maintained a weekly booth every Friday at the Newport Farmers’ Market.

RTI boothEach week, participants bring their garden produce and baked goods to sell.

On The Common

On The Common

The donkeys also join us at the Farmers’ Market and participants demonstrate their handling skills to the public.

In addition to the Farmers’ Market, RTI participants and the donkeys have participated in the Unity, NH Old Home Parade,

The Wassail Parade in Woodstock, VT, the Grantham, NH 4th of July Parade, and in the Winter Carnival Parade in Newport, NH.

 !st Place @ the Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue Show

!st Place @ the Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue Show

Participants have competed for the past four years in a show for donkeys and mules in Alstead, NH and put on a donkey demonstration at the Cornish Fair in Cornish, NH. This past summer we put on a demonstration at Full Circle Farm in North Newport, NH.

We have started a new aspect of RTI our “On The Road” program. We visit Summercrest Memory Care, Woodlawn Care Center and Valley Regional Hospital’s Day Out Program with donkeys.

Visiting at Woodlawn

Visiting at Woodlawn

On these adventures, our RTI participant models and introduces  proper handling skills to a new and curious audience. We have also visited a number of area childcares and summer camps to introduce young children to our donkeys.Headstart

Through all of our activities, whether on the farm or in the community, we strive to provide a meaningful  and fun experience for our participants, while providing valuable life skills that can enhance other aspects of daily life.