What is the indoor classroom like?
The sun room of our rustic farm house has windows on three sides and will remind your camper of other child-centered spaces she or he knows: a preschool classroom, the library’s children’s section, or a play room at home. The Seedlings’ home base offers a quiet reading corner with books, pillows, and blankets; a block area full of opportunities for constructing and deconstructing our experiences on the farm; an art shelf stocked with open-ended materials and accessible tools for creative minds to discover; a dry erase board where we plan our days, sign up for choices, and document our findings; shelves and hooks to store our belongings; and several clotheslines to hang our wet wool crafts and other sticky concoctions as they dry. Think simple, cozy, vibrant - and this is just our inside space. At Farm and Garden Camp, most of our time will be spent outside!
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. The majority of our ingredients are produced on the farm, organically grown, and as fresh as can be.
Does my child need to be out of diapers/pull-ups?
Yes. We do not have diaper changing facilities so your little farmer will need to be potty trained. Campers will have frequent access to little potties in the farm house.
Will the children be napping at the farm?
There will be a short story time each day. Children who fall asleep will be able to continue to nap while the other children head outside for farm play time in the giant tractor tire sandbox, under sprinklers or on the Seedlings slip and slide, or to swing quietly with friends in the hammocks.
How do I register and hold a spot for my child?
A $100 registration deposit is due at time of registration to hold your child’s spot in the Seedlings program. Complete payment is due by June 15th.