What is the farm like?
The Hampshire College Farm Center is based at the Thorpe House, a classic New England Farmhouse with a complete kitchen, craft room, sun room with windows on three sides, and 2 bathrooms. Our outdoor space includes a grassy play space with picnic tables for lunch and a range of outdoor play materials. We can often be found in the barn visiting with the chickens, bunnies, and goats or walking the farm roads on our way to pick veggies and flowers from the farm fields.
In what kinds of activities will my child be participating?
Gathering eggs from nest boxes before boiling, peeling, and slicing them for snack time, cutting flowers with child-sized scissors and arranging bouquets for the lunch table, running through sprinklers while watering the garden beds, grooming the angora bunny, mixing and kneading dough for pizza and then harvesting herbs and vegetable toppings from the children’s garden while it rises, giving treats to the goats, going on sensory hikes, learning new songs, and much more!
What should my child wear?
Work clothes! Second-hand clothes! Clothes with stains and holes! We will be getting dirty and wet at camp most every day. Your camper will need an extra (or two) of everything (sneakers or boots, socks, underwear, shorts, pants, shirts, swimsuit, hat, and sweatshirts) to stay comfortable. And sunscreen!
Does my child need to bring a lunch and snack?
Yes. A water bottle is also necessary since we will get hot and thirsty. We will prepare snacks together from the food grown on the farm or we may have a nibble in the garden but children will appreciate having additional food from home to fulfill their farmer appetites. Many of our ingredients are produced on the farm, organically grown, and as fresh as can be.
How do I register and hold a spot for my child?
A $150 registration deposit is due at time of registration to hold your child’s spot at camp. Complete payment is due by June 1st. Our cancellation policy is here.