This year will be our 3rd year of farm camp for kids. We really enjoy this week! The average kid today is three to four generations away from the farm. These are kids who have never had the opportunity to jump in the hay, sit on a tractor, walk through a big garden, ride in the back of a pickup truck, pet a chicken or a calf, or have fun on a hayride. We are happy to allow your kids to have these opportunities and let me tell you, they LOVE it!!
The farm camp runs for five days, every morning from 9 to noon August 3rd-7th. At farm camp, we concentrate on both nature and farming. The first half of the morning we get out and learn about nature by walking down our trail and discovering things like animal tracks, hickory nuts and identifying flowers, weeds, and all things nature. The kids make a nature journal and we have a fun nature scavenger hunt towards the end of the week where they get to identify everything they’ve learned during the week.
Of course, all kids gotta eat and they get hungry, so we focus the second half of the morning on farming and food – farm to table food, of course! On the first day, we learn about chickens and eggs and the kids help me get the eggs out of the chicken coop. Last year I made them scrambled eggs and toast for their snack and one of the things that surprised me most was how much better they said our eggs tasted than the ones they were used to eating at home! Who knew kids could tell the difference? But they sure did!
We go through the week like this – making things like bread and butter pickles. Hey, did you know pickles come from cucumbers? Some kids might not! Then, we pick through the garden looking for basil, green peppers, and onions and then we make pizza. We pick apples and make apple crisp and we pick corn and make mason jar butter for their corn and mason jar ice cream for their apple crisp. The kids will get a hayride to the five acre garden that our friends have on our land. They will see acres of flowers and fruit and vegetables. We also play water games to keep them cool and paint a farm scene on canvas along with a few extra fun activities. So much fun!
On Friday, the last day of camp, the kids help make a farm-to-table lunch for two guests that they each get to invite. It could be mom and dad, but they also might pick a sibling or grandma and grandpa – their choice! 🙂 At the dinner, they help make the food that we’ve been making all week, they help set the table, and then they get to serve their special guests each course and finally, they help clean up! They do a wonderful job and it’s always a special time for the families.
To register up for camp, email Farmer Kris at email@example.com before July 15th. The cost is $200/child. We will take the first 15 kids (ages 6-12) who sign up. Kris always needs a parent helper, so the first parent who signs up and stays all week to help gets half off their child’s tuition. 🙂
FAMILY DAYS AT THE FARM
Many families have asked us if we can do one day farm camps for the whole family. We think this is a great idea, so if you have a family or group of kids you want to bring, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get a day on the calendar for you!