Grow Torah Junior Farmers Camp 2018
at Cropsey Community Farm
Monday, August 20 - Friday, August 24, 2018
9AM - 3PM
Ages: 5-10 years old
Camp Tuition: $450
GrowTorah Junior Farmer's camp will focus on farming through a Torah lens, and is open to anyone.
Rockland Farm Alliance is proud to partner with GrowTorah to bring you a week of GrowTorah Junior Farmers’ Summer Camp: a joyously immersive Torah farming experience. Campers will explore, play, create, and learn on the farm’s 25 acres of land including cultivated fields, the children’s garden, chickens, ducks, and goats.
We’ll bask in nature’s glory as we connect with the Torah in meaningful, personal, and joyous ways, exploring lessons from the weekly parsha through farm chores, artistic expression, and nature crafts. Specifically, we will immerse ourselves in the Torah values of environmental stewardship, compassion for creatures, charity, and more.
Please complete separate registrations for each child you are enrolling. Additional forms (medical & emergency contacts, etc.) will be provided closer to the time camp begins.
If you would like to pay by check, select that option in the menu and complete your registration and check out. Checks may be made out to "Rockland Farm Alliance" and mailed to 220 South Little Tor Road, New City, NY.
A joyously immersive Torah farming experience
Our staff of educators and counselors will lead children, ages 5-10, 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. Our Torah lessons will be integrated into many of these activities, highlighting interesting Halachik scenarios unique to farm life, with lessons that apply in everyday life.
At the end of the week, each junior farmer takes home their field journal, recipes, farming knowledge and a deeper understanding of where food comes from and how it gets to our tables. Campers will also be hosting their very own farmstand and pre-Shabbat farm party on Friday to share with their families the culmination of all their hard work, and to showcase the beautiful lessons they learned on the farm.
Daily Schedule (subject to slight adjustments)
9:00 – 9:15 Arrival on the Farm
9:15 – 9:30 Shacharit in the orchard
9:30 – 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 and bracha party
12:45 – 1:30 Sprinkler and Field Games
1:30 – 2:30 Special Activities/Workshop
2:30 – 3:00 Snack and Closing Circle
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, local agriculture, and the Torah values that inform our actions.
- The farm provides 2 healthy kosher snacks per day. These snacks will combine produce harvested from the farm along with staples such as fruit, pretzels, rice crackers, tortilla chips, etc.
- Students are asked to bring a bagged lunch with them each day.
- On Friday, there will be a special Shabbos party at the end of the day!
- We can accommodate any food restrictions, please include details on the health form. Your child's health and safety is our top priority.
Information for Parents
GrowTorah Junior Farmer Camp runs every day, rain or shine. Campers 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.
Campers must arrive promptly at 9:00am, and they must be picked up at 3:00pm. If you need to pick your child up early please inform the farm at drop-off.
All campers 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 fresh, 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.