The Working Farmscape Program at Carlisle Academy began as a pilot in 2018 with a goal of connecting participants to nature-based and equine-based learning and gain exposure to the everyday management of a working farm. It was led by Carlisle founder and farm manager Nick Armentrout, and assisted by Matt Day, Carlisle’s Veterans and Military Liaison who had participated in related Carlisle wellness programs. Together they led a group of veterans challenged with PTSD to participate in holistic and regenerative farming using tractor and draft horsepower that helped them connect to the land and one another in a purposeful, authentic way. Please see below for the video of this pilot program.
Today Carlisle Academy offers the Working Farmscape Program to agencies and schools working with a small group of teens and adults. The program is led by credentialed instructors and occupational therapists focused on meaningful work and hands-on experiential learning in a restorative farm setting. Participants have the opportunity to care for horses and livestock, help harvest hay, rotationally graze sheep, tend to chickens, perform farm maintenance tasks, and extract fire and pulpwood from the farm’s woodlot with the help of the draft horse team. They receive education in animal husbandry and livestock handling to better understand animal temperament, non-verbal communication, and trust.
Group Sessions can be customized and typically last 2 hours, with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 people. Contracts with schools and agencies are negotiated with an average per head/per visit cost of $100.
*This is a seasonal program. Session dates will be indicated on the calendar.
For more information, contact the office at 207-985-0374, or email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.