We are now taking Registrations for
The 2019 Junior Farmers’ Summer Program
Rockland Farm Alliance’s Junior Farmers' Summer Program introduces children to sustainable agriculture, healthy living and environmental stewardship through discovery, play and plenty of time getting their hands dirty farming in the Children’s Garden.
Session I: July 22 – 26
Session II: July 29 – Aug 2
Session III: August 5 – 9
Session IV: August 12 – 16
Our expert staff of farmers and educators will lead children, ages 5 - 10 (entering grades K – 5), through gardening workshops, science experiments, planting & harvesting, crop sampling, bug hunts, raw cooking activities, foraging & nature walks, arts & crafts, and featured guests… for a highly interactive, organic agricultural education.
At the end of a week, each junior farmer takes home their field journal, recipes, unique 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.
*For tweens looking for a little more responsibility & are able to help out with the younger children, we are looking for 11-13 year olds to work as Junior CITs. (This is at half price)
**Teens who are responsible and can help out with the younger children, we are looking for 14-16 year olds to work as CITs. (This is an unpaid position)
***We are also looking for 17+ year olds for Junior Counselor positions. (There is a small stipend per week for this position)
Please contact us at email@example.com to set up an interview.
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Camp Hours: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Here is a glimpse of a typical day at the Farm:
After the children all arrive and settle in, we usually take a moment to write or draw in our journal before heading off for garden chores & activities. Next we might have a quick snack and spend some time taking care of the animals. Generally in the late morning we may do an arts & crafts project and then go for a nature/foraging walk. Then we have some lunch! In the afternoons we will play field games & then cool off in the sprinkler. Some days we may have a visiting guest or do a cooking project. Then there's a quick snack and chasing butterflies before getting ready for parent pick up.
+ The Program & Pricing
This program is designed for children ages 5-10, entering grades K-5.
The program will introduce the younger children to concepts in science and help develop 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.
For older children, this program will deepen their understanding of relationships and patterns within our ecosystem. Through scientific experiments, observations on and around the farm, foraging walks, the 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.
We are offering 4 full weeks of programming this year, from 9:00am - 3:00pm:
Session I: July 22 – July 26
Session II: July 29 – August 2
Session III: August 5 – August 9
Session IV: August 12 – August 16
You can sign up for just 1 or 2 weeks, or register for all 4 of them!
The first week you register for is $400 and any additional weeks after that are $380.
*We are offering a $50 early registration discount if you register before April 15th.
If you are a current RFA Supporting Member at the Family Level, the summer program is discounted from $400/$380, to $360/$340.
+ Camp Educators
Letitia Politi is a mom of four and a certified teacher for grades K-12 in Home and Careers, Special Education, and School Building and District Leadership. She has been an educator for the past 17 years. She joined the RFA team as its Education Director in February of 2019. She has been thrilled at the opportunity to continue RFA’s Junior Farmers' Summer Camp at Cropsey Community Farm as a full day nature camp for children in Rockland County and beyond. At home, Letitia tends her 1/2 acre plot filled with veggie beds, fruit trees, a butterfly garden, and pet chickens. She enjoys teaching children through project based learning which includes STEM/STEAM activities in the classroom and out in the garden plots at school. During camp, Letitia will able to share her love of farming, science, biology, nature, art, cooking, and craft with her campers. She, in turn, is invigorated by the children's enthusiasm for 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 2019!
Kathy Rauth is an Early Childhood Educator and has run the Junior Farmers' Summer Camp for the last several years. She also maintains the Children's Garden year round & leads educational tours for local groups & schools. When Cropsey started the CSA, Kathy became an active member and volunteer. As a longtime resident of Rockland County, she has always been an avid organic vegetable gardener in her own right. Kathy is also the Educational Director of Nursery School of the Nyacks, and has been a teacher for the 2 & 3 year old class for over 20 years. She finds that teaching young children about nature and growing food is the perfect combination of her two passions.
Letitia & 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 garden along with staples such as fruit, pretzels, rice crackers, tortilla chips, etc.
Students are asked to bring a healthy bagged lunch with them each day.
We can accommodate any food restrictions. Please include details on the health form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any concerns.
+ Information for Parents
Junior Farmer runs every day, rain or shine. Students should dress for the weather and plan to be outdoors for most of the day. On a daily basis, please pack a change of clothes, as well as a swimsuit, towel & water shoes. You should also 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 earlier please inform the counselors 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 can make sure to reapply if necessary throughout the day.
Children must be walked up to the tipi by a parent/guardian each morning and signed in with their counselor before that parent/guardian leaves.
Parents/guardians must also come up to the field to pick up their children and sign them out at the end of the day.
For camp questions and more information, please contact Letitia at email@example.com.
For help with registration or general questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIRECTIONS TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD(REN):
In order to register, you must select the Junior Farmers’ 1st Week Registration and choose the appropriate Tuition Rate. Then add it to your Shopping Cart. It will then bring up a registration form where you will fill out all the necessary documentation and choose which week(s) you would like to register your child.
(Please note that you will need to fill out separate registration forms for each child.)
To register for more than 1 week, you must also use the button for “Additional Weeks”. You can hit that button multiple times to add additional weeks, but please make sure you have the correct number of weeks in your Shopping Cart before checking out.