Information for Summer Apprentices

This page is designed for Summer Apprentices who have been accepted into the 2019 summer program.  We are excited to have you joining us this season, and hope that the information here is helpful for you.  Have a specfiic question?  Wish something else was added to this info page?  Let us know!  You can email Ben or email Jake to ask your questions and we'll do our best to answer or add to this page.

As summer approaches keep an eye out for updates - and we'll send you an email reminder as we get closer to the start of the camp season


Apprentice Forms

There are two important items we need from you before May 15:

Online Registration Form
There is an additional short online form you need to fill out for your stay at the farm. You will need your parent/guardian to help you with some parts. Click here to fill out the online form.

Doctor's Forms
State law requires us to have a copy of your physical exam record dated within the last two years.

Additionally, required immunizations must meet Massachusetts standards listed below. Please submit a copy of the date (month and year) of basic immunizations and most recent booster doses, or attach your doctor's form.

You can email a copy to ben@redgatefarm.org or mail a hardcopy to:

Red Gate Farm
4 Norman Road
Ashfield, MA 01330


Staff Policies

Please read and understand our Camp Staff policies. Apprentices are considered "campers" but will share community and responsibilities with our Camp Staff after hours and on weekends.

What to Bring

Clothing (clothes that you don't mind getting dirty)

  • 2 pairs of long pants
  • 3 pairs of shorts
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 7 short sleeve shirts (t-shirts are great)
  • 2 long sleeve shirts
  • a sweatshirt (again, preferably old)
  • boots or sneakers that you can get mucky
  • another pair of boots or sneakers (open-toed sandals are NOT good farm shoes)
  • rain gear (we will be outside even if its raining)
  • warm sleepwear or long underwear
  • bathing suit

Other Items

  • closed-lid water bottle
  • warm hat and a hat for the sun
  • sleeping bag or bedding (pillowcase, sheets, blanket)
  • your favorite pillow
  • wash cloth and towel
  • toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, comb)
  • one stuffed animal (optional)
  • a flashlight (optional)
  • a good book or something to do quietly at bedtime or early morning
  • a favorite board/card game to play with others (optional)
  • bug repellent and sunscreen lotion if you prefer your own (optional)
  • flip-flops or other comfortable "after-work" shoe (optional)
  • laundry bag (we provide laundry on weekends)

Please do not bring (these items will be collected until departure)

  • aerosol sprays (deoderant, bug spray, sunscreen, etc.)