Junior Farmers Summer Camp 2018-01-22T16:47:52+00:00

Junior Farmers Summer Camp

Session l: August 6 – 10, 2018
Session II: August 13 – 17, 2018

Camp Hours: 9:00 am -3:00 pm

Tuition:$360 per one week session
$320 for CSA Members or RFA Family Supporting Members

Ages: 5-10 years old

Rockland Farm Alliance’s Junior Farmers Summer Camp introduces children to sustainable agriculture, healthy living and environmental stewardship through discovery, play and plenty of time getting their hands dirty working on the farm. Our expert staff of farmers and educators, led by Education Director Sarah Bartges and Early Childhood Educator Kathy Rauth, will lead children through farming workshops, science experiments, planting and harvesting, crop sampling, bug hunts, beekeeping workshops, raw cooking activities, nature walks, arts and crafts, and highly interactive organic agriculture education.

At the end of the week, each junior farmer takes home their field journal, recipes, unique farming knowledge and a new perspective on where food comes from and how it gets to our tables. Campers will also be hosting their very own farmstead on Friday to share with their families the culmination of all their hard work.

Daily Schedule
9:00 – 9:15 Arrival on the Farm

9:15 – 10:15 Farm Chores and Gardening Activities

10:15 – 10:45 Snack and Animal Care

10:30 – 11:15 Arts and Crafts

11:15 – 11:45 Foraging Walk

11:45 – 12:45 Raw Cooking and Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 Sprinkler and Field Games

1:30 – 2:30 Special Activities/Workshop

2:30 – 3:00 Snack and Closing Circle

Program Levels
Students Entering Grades K-2:  This program introduces children to science and develops their connection with the natural world. Through exploration of new plants, imaginative games, crafts and workshops, and multi-sensory discovery on the farm, students will understand the important role that local farms play in our lives.

Students Entering Grades 3-5:  This program deepens students understanding of relationships and patterns within our ecosystem. Through scientific workshops, observations on and around the farm, foraging walks, study of wildlife working in harmony with the farm, and plenty of arts, crafts and field games, children will end their session with a strong connection to nature and local agriculture.

Meals
The farm provides 2 healthy snacks per day. These snacks will combine produce harvested from the farm along with staples such as fruit, pretzels, rice crackers, tortilla chips, etc.

On Fridays, there will be a special sweet treat at the end of the day!

Students are asked to bring a bagged lunch with them each day.

We can accommodate any food restrictions, please include details on the health form or contact sarah@rocklandfarm.org with any concerns.

Camp Educators
Sarah Bartges is a science and math teacher who joined the RFA team as its Education Director in January of 2017. She has been thrilled at the opportunity to reenvigorate RFA’s Junior Farm Camp at Cropsey Community Farm as a full day nature camp for children in Rockland County and beyond. During camp, Sarah is able to share her love of farming, nature, art, and cooking, with her campers. She, in turn, is nourished at witnessing the childrens’ joy of, enthusiasm for, and dedication to the act of farming and Rockland Farm Alliance’s mission of sustainable agriculture. She can’t wait to get to know the Junior Farmer Gang of 2018!

Information for Parents
Junior Farmer Program runs every day, rain or shine. Students should dress for the weather and plan to be outdoors for most of the day. Please pack a change of clothes daily and be sure to supply children with rain gear in the event of a surprise shower.

Students must arrive promptly at 9am, and they must be picked up at 3:00. If you need to pick your child up early please inform the farm at drop-off.

All students must wear sneakers. Sandals or other open-toed shoes are not permitted on the farm or in the surrounding fields.

Please send your child to the farm with a reusable water bottle each day.

Sunscreen should be applied before arriving at the farm each morning. We will make sure to reapply throughout the day.

Children must be walked to the welcome circle by a parent/guardian each morning and signed in with their counselor before that parent/guardian leaves.

Parents/guardians must come to the Closing Circle to pick up their children and sign them out at the end of the day.

Registration
To register, please complete and return this registration form to:

Rockland Farm Alliance
220 South Little Tor Road
New City, NY 10956

Payment
You may mail a check along with your registration form or you may pay online at this link.

 

For more information: sarah@rocklandfarm.org or 845-634-3167