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Summer Saturdays

Atypical Place provides day programs for cognitively challenged adults and teens to learn farm-based skills that can lead to job opportunities, build self-confidence, and increase independence. 


This summer, we are providing Summer Saturdays: programs at Trabia Farms for participants to learn the basic skill sets for raising vegetables, flowers, and herbs, and in farm animal care. 

Format and Requirements


A set of lessons will be offered each Saturday. 

Participants earn certificates by completing the series of lessons for each module and demonstrating they can repeat the tasks involved successfully. To complete all three modules, participants must attend all six Saturdays. Lessons are self-paced. 

Lessons are geared to special teens and adults, from junior high to senior citizens, but we have a few spaces for younger children. Please call if your student is under 13 years old.


We ask that participants be accompanied by a caregiver as appropriate. 

Register and pay on our Calendar page for each Saturday you want to attend.

Cost for the FARM PROGRAM with Therapeutic Riding is $60 per participant per Saturday. 

Cost for the FARM PROGRAM ONLY is $30 per participant per Saturday.

Includes use of safety equipment, lesson materials, and lunch and refreshments for participants and caregivers.


Please download the Liability waiver and Photo release forms and bring the completed forms with you to your first class.


Apply for Financial aid scholarships or Request transportation if these are obstacles to attending our programs.

Program Dates

June 18

July 16

July 30

August 13

August 27

September 10

October 1--Graduation

Daily Schedule

10:00 a.m.   Arrive at Trabia Farms, review safety and get equipment ready

10:30 a.m.   Attend and complete module lessons at your own pace

12:00 noon  Lunch and playtime in the Exploratorium

1:00 p.m.     Attend and complete module lessons at your own pace 

2:30 p.m.     Clean-up and return equipment

3:00 p.m.     Depart 



Module 1

A Place to Grow


  • Preparing the soil

  • Seed care

  • Planting

  • Pruning

  • Water conservation

  • Plant care 

  • Harvesting for families and food banks

Module 2

A Place to Bloom


  • Flower care

  • Pruning

  • Harvesting

  • Arranging Flowers

  • Drying Flowers and Herbs

  • Making bouquests and sachets

  • Sharing to brighten someone's day

Module 3

Barn Buddies


  • Animal care

  • Animal health care

  • Equipment

  • Safety 

  • Harvesting eggs

  • Distributing eggs to families

  • Therapeutic riding (option)

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