this summer I helped run a farm...
Farm Camp for graduating 5th - 9th graders
We love to farm, but more importantly, we love to farm with young people and share the goodness of living and learning on a farm with them. Campers contribute to real farm work during Farm Camp. There are no invented tasks or activities.
We provide meaningful work and mentor campers on how to accomplish that work with skill and joy. Daily schedules vary as life on a farm is dynamic and requires attention and adaptability. We teach that too as we lead campers through caring for our farm animals, crops, barns, program buildings, cabin-tents, forest, ponds and streams, seed bank, and much more. Fun and free time is built in as well and campers can be found reading at the foot of a great maple, creating art in the barn, composing music on the porch, playing games in the fields and daydreaming under blue skies.
Campers sleep comfortably and snugly in our cabin-tents outfitted with wooden walls and floors, screen doors and windows. Comfortable beds in each cabin-tent sleep up to four people. Private, clean, and environmentally-sound toilets and showers are adjacent to the tents.
Meals are prepared by staff and campers, together, from farm-grown and local-grown food in our modern kitchen and served family-style in the spacious dining hall. Students participate in cooking, clean-up and conversations that spring naturally from a day on the farm.
Our facilities are clean, safe, and routinely inspected by state and local officials to meet health and safety codes. Farm staff live on-property and are trained in First Aid and CPR.