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CJR Farm Market to Open for Upcoming October Weekends
Posted 10/17/2017 03:10PM

The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) will open its Farm Market for two remaining October weekends.  Market hours will be 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22 and October 28 and 29, respectively.  The public is invited to stop by and buy a jack-o-lantern or enjoy a cup of cider.

A variety of items produced and farmed by students in the Junior Republic’s Vocational Education Program will be available, including pumpkins, hay bales, corn stalks, chrysanthemums, and a large variety of gourds and squashes for decorative and culinary purposes.  Red potatoes and garlic – all from the CJR Farm – will also be sold.  Other featured items include cookies, breads, pumpkin and apple pies, and other baked goods produced by CJR’s culinary arts classes, as well as maple syrup, produced in collaboration with Brook View Sugar House.  Additional products will include Adirondack chairs crafted by the wood technology class and note cards created and printed by CJR students in the graphics arts class. The Farm Market telephone number is (860) 567-9423, ext. 217, for use during the hours listed above.  It is recommended that prospective shoppers call ahead to be sure the Market is open on the last weekend in October.  A photograph of the market is attached and may be used for publicity purposes.  Credit:  Kyle Venditti.

Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education and family support for vulnerable at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they may become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  Today, the organization’s combined programs serve nearly 2,000 boys and girls annually in 12 locations throughout Connecticut.

The Junior Republic conducts three residential programs for court-referred young men on its Litchfield campus.  Regular, special, vocational and alternative education programs are provided for boys from communities throughout Connecticut at CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, which is located on its Litchfield campus.  Enhancement, transition and related services are also provided.

CJR provides additional residential services for boys at its group homes in Winchester and short-term, residential crisis intervention for girls in Waterbury.  A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, and intensive, home-based service and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s community locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Haven, New Britain (two sites), Torrington and Waterbury.  Behavioral and mental health services are provided at most of the above locations, as well.

A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on    Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, and through service contracts funded by the Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division (CSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and by Connecticut’s public schools.  For further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email:

  • Connecticut Junior Republic
  • 550 Goshen Road, P.O. Box 161
  • Litchfield, CT 06759
  • (860) 567-9423



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