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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.
Session l: August 6 – 10
Session II: August 13 – 17
Our expert staff of farmers and educators 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.
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.
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+ Daily Schedule
Camp Hours: 9:00 am -3:00 pm
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.
+ 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 Farmers'Summer 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!
Kathy Rauth is an Early Childhood Educator and has helped to lead Junior Farmers' Summer Camp for the last several years. A longtime resident of Rockland county, she has always been an avid organic vegetable gardener. When the Rockland Farm Alliance started its CSA at Cropsey Community Farm, Kathy became an active member and volunteer. Kathy is the Educational Director of Nursery School of the Nyacks, and has been a teacher in the Two and Three year old class there for over 20 years. She finds that teaching young children about nature and growing food is the perfect combination of her two passions.
Sarah and Kathy are assisted by an all-star team of Education Interns.
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 email@example.com with any concerns.
+ 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 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 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 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.
For camp questions and more information, please contact Sarah Bartges at firstname.lastname@example.org
For help with registration or general questions, please contact us at email@example.com or call 845-634-3167.
General Tuition is $360 per week and $320 for RFA Supporting Members at the Family Level.
If you are interested in becoming an RFA Supporting Member, please visit our membership page for more information and registration. If you choose to become a member today, you will qualify immediately for discounted camp tuition!
Please complete separate registrations for each child you are enrolling.
If you would like to pay by check, select that option in the menu below 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.