Farm Camp at Crystal Spring Farm
We inspire kids to care for farms, the earth, good eating and good times.
We welcome children ages 5-16 to join us on our family-run organic farm. Campers will experience the connections between growing and eating healthy foods and taking care of our bodies and our land.
After a morning welcome circle, we begin each day with animal chores, feeding and watering our lambs, pigs, and chickens. Over the course of the week we’ll partake in the full process of raising vegetables, herbs, and flowers from soil preparation, direct seeding and transplanting, to watering, weeding, harvesting, washing, and of course eating! Kids will get dirty in our vegetable fields exploring how a seed turns into a head of lettuce and how many ladybugs live amongst the plants and weeds. We will taste food as fresh as can be. Each day will include rest and relaxing with stories after lunch, and we’ll mix up the afternoons with various games, cooking with fresh produce, nature-inspired art, and creative explorations!
New for 2014!
We are excited to offer a junior apprenticeship for 10-12 year olds. For just one week this summer, kids can join our farm crew in the afternoon from 2:00-4:30 Monday-Friday. This program is created for those who are excited to get their hands dirty, use their body as well as their mind to learn about food production. Over the course of the week, kids will transplant seedlings, harvest produce, wash & prep produce, weed, partake in animal care, and jump into other projects that come up for the farm crew. They will work alongside veteran farmer Seth and our dynamic & bright full- time farm apprentices. This is a unique opportunity to acquire real understanding of agriculture , develop work skills, and build self-confidence. We are excited to teach kids who want to learn and the group will be small. Therefore we ask that only kids who express an enthusiastic interest enroll (as opposed to parents who want or hope their kids to be enthusiastic about the program.) Of course we’re happy to discuss in further detail – be in touch by phone or email.
Positions are available for 13-16 year olds to volunteer their time in exchange for experience gained with young children and farming. Can volunteer for one or more weeks. Those interested in learning more about the junior counselor positions or application for 13-16 year olds please click here or contact Maura at 729.1112 or email@example.com. Orientation will be held on Saturday June 28nd from 10-11 am.
Week of July 14 is full for morning 5 & 6 year old program. All other programs have availability! If you want to register your 5 or 6 year old please send me an email as I am considering the possibility of an added week. Thanks!
Typical Daily Schedule for 7-12 year old program
- 9:00-9:30 Welcome Circle and Warm up Games
- 9:30-10:15 Animal Chores
- 10:15-10:45 Snack
- 10:45-11:45 Garden or Field project
- 11:45-12:30 Lunch
- 12:30-1:15 Reading
- 1:15-2:30 Choice of Games, Cooking, Craft, Play
- 2:30-3:00 Clean up, Pack up, Closing Circle
Typical Schedule for Morning Program, Ages 5 & 6
- 9:00-9:25 Welcome Circle and Warm Up Games
- 9:25-10:00 Animal Chores
- 10:00-10:30 Snack and Stories
- 10:30-11:15 Field and/or Garden Project
- 11:15-11:45 Games/Craft/Cooking/Play
- 11:45 Closing Circle
About the Staff
Maura Bannon has lived at Crystal Spring Farm for ten years with her family. While her work history includes outdoor leadership and farm education programs she is a licensed clinical social worker currently working in middle school. Maura is also a certified yoga teacher and mother to two school-aged kids.
Please download and print the following PDF and mail in with payment to register: Register Here!
If you have further questions or comments, please contact Maura at firstname.lastname@example.org or 729.1112