Summer Camp 2018

The MOFGA certified organic Broadturn Farm is an authentic working farm that embodies the heritage of agriculture for children through engagement with a working landscape. Whether it be marveling at the John Deere as Farmer John rolls by or greeting the box of tiny baby chicks delivered by the mail carrier, children come home with dirty knees and great stories. The enthusiasm is infectious and sometimes children leave with a dream to farm.

Children start the day with a morning meeting and a little yoga (Those slop buckets are heavy! Even our youngest farmers need to stretch before lifting). After meeting, groups separate to take care of farm chores. The animals on the farm are fed and watered, eggs are collected and fence lines are checked. Sometimes, the wood fired oven needs to be lit for a baking project. After chore time, everyone moves in to a morning activity. A typical morning activity might include picking strawberries and grabbing a few eggs before heading to the kitchen to make strawberry shortcake. The middle of the day is met with lunch and a story. In the afternoon, there is choice time and often a trip to the stream is an option. The Silver Brook is a small tributary that runs in to the Stroudwater River. Its home to salamanders, frogs and the occasional brook trout. There also appears to be a growing population of fairies as evidenced by the heavy development of fairy houses in the region.

Come join us! 

FEES & AGES

Half Day, 4-5 years old, 9am-noon, $200/Week

Full Day, 6-10 years old, 9am-3pm, $295/Week

Full Day, 11-14 years old, 9am-3pm, $295/Week (avail. weeks 4, 6 & 8 only)

***Week 3, Holiday Week Fees: Full Day $235 / Half Day $160***

Note: If we are notified of a cancellation prior to May 30th, we will issue a refund, less $25 processing fee. No refund will be made for a cancellation after this date.

*Extend your child's day at the farm with beforecare, 8-9am  AND/OR aftercare, 3-4pm for $9/hour, per child. Sign up & pay online or contact us AT LEAST 1 WEEK prior to your camp week to sign up and make payment.*

 

session descriptions

See the descriptions below for our weekly themes. Even though each week has a focus, there's plenty of time for our other favorite farm activities: goat walks, stream wading, chick cuddling, hen holding, pig slopping, harvesting & cooking, scavenger hunts and our weekly Friday Farm Stand and camper led tours!

Sign up is limited to no more than 2 weeks to allow the opportunity for more kids to experience the farm. Thanks! If the week you're interested in is FULL, please email megan@broadturnfarm.com to be put on the waiting list.

session quick look:

Week 1, June 18-22: Planting Week, canceled due to school snow days!!!

week 2, june 25-29, Berry Week, !!!FULL!!!

WEEK 3, JULY 2-6: TOOLS & TRACTORS

WEEK 4, JULY 9-13, Homesteading Week !!!FULL!!!

WEEK 5, JULY 16-20, FLOWER WEEK, !!!FULL!!!

WEEK 6, JULY 23-27, Homesteading Week !!!FULL!!!

WEEK 7, JULY 30-AUG. 3, FOREST WEEK !!!FULL!!!

WEEK 8, AUG. 6-10, Farm-to-table Week !!!FULL!!!

WEEK 9, AUG. 13-17, CRITTERS & CREATURES, !!!FULL!!!

WEEK 10, Aug. 20-24, Art on the Farm, !!!FULL!!!

 
 

Week 1, June 18-22: Planting Week, canceled due to school snow days!!

Available to: Half Day (4 & 5 year olds), Full Day (6-10 year olds)

June is an important time for planting on the farm.  Plant some seeds to take home to start your very own garden, see what's happening in the greenhouse and plant some herbs, tomatoes and peppers in our very own Pizza Garden! 

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!!FULL!! week 2, june 25-29: Berry Week, !!FULL!!

Available to: Half Day (4 & 5 year olds), Full Day (6-10 year olds)

Strawberries are here!  Help the farmers pick strawberries, munch as you pick a pint of your own take home , and learn how to make yummy strawberry dishes like strawberry shortcake, strawberry basil ice cream, strawberry rhubarb pie, or strawberry lemonade. 

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WEEK 3, JULY 2-6: TOOLS & TRACTORS

Available to Half Day (4 & 5 year olds), Full Day (6-10 year olds)

Our tools and tractors make the farm run! Learn how and why the tractors are used on the farm with Farmer John. Practice using our many farm tools such as wheel hoes, hand hoes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows.

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!!FULL!! WEEK 4, JULY 9-13, HOMESTEADING WEEK #1!!FULL!!

Available to: Half Day (4 & 5 year olds), Full Day (6-10 year olds), Full Day (11-14 year olds)

Campers try their hand at some homesteading skills: sewing, spinning, weaving, woodworking, gardening, bread baking, cooking over an open fire, pickling and making butter & jam are just a few of the things they might learn.  And for the 11-14 year olds, an optional camp overnight on Thursday night!

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!!FULL!! WEEK 5, JULY 16-20, FLOWER WEEK, !!FULL!!

Available to Half Day (4 & 5 year olds), Full Day (6-10 year olds)

Join Farmer Stacy and our farm's floral designers in learning what makes a great bouquet of flowers. Make one of your own to bring home and give to your mom, dad, neighbor, or friend! Learn about edible flowers, make flower tea and use flowers in arts and crafts projects throughout the week!

 
 

!!FULL!! WEEK 6, JULY 23-27, HOMESTEADING WEEK #2 !!FULL!!

Available to: Half Day (4 & 5 year olds), Full Day (6-10 year olds), Full Day (11-14 year olds)

Campers try their hand at some homesteading skills: sewing, spinning, weaving, woodworking, gardening, bread baking, cooking over an open fire, pickling and making butter & jam are just a few of the things they might learn.  And for the 11-14 year olds, an optional camp overnight on Thursday night!

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!!FULL!! WEEK 7, JULY 30-AUG. 3, FOREST WEEK, !!FULL!!

Available to Half Day (4 & 5 year olds), Full Day (6-10 year olds)

There’s so much to see and do in the woods surrounding the farm!  Some of our favorite woods activities include: digging clay from old streambeds, building fairy houses, taking the goats for woods walks, picking wild berries, and building shelters!  

 
 
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!!FULL!! WEEK 8, AUG. 6-10, FARM-TO-TABLE WEEK, !!FULL!!

Available to: Half Day (4 & 5 year olds), Full Day (6-10 year olds), Full Day (11-14 year olds)

During Farm to Table Week, campers will engage in a large plan to create a farm to table picnic to be enjoyed near the end of the week. Complete with meal planning, harvesting, cooking, and decorating the table with flowers, campers will play an active role. The Camp Pizza Party & Picnic will take place on the evening of Thursday, August 10th.

 
 

 WEEK 9, AUG. 13-17, CRITTERS & CREATURES WEEK, !!FULL!!

Available to Half Day (4 & 5 year olds), Full Day (6-10 year olds)

Learn about some of the smaller creatures on the farm! Search for snakes, salamanders, frogs, crayfish & minnows that live in and near the stream. Discover why butterflies, bees, spiders and other beneficial insects are so important to growing food and flowers, and learn about those pesky ones too (potato beetles, cutworms, tomato hornworms & more)!

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!!FULL!! Week 10, Aug. 20-24, Art on the Farm Week, !!FULL!!

Available to Half Day (4 & 5 year olds), Full Day (6-10 year olds)

Did you know that farmers can be artists too? We’ll make sculptures with wood, stone, and other natural materials, make paint with dirt, dye with vegetables, and see what we can create with all of the extra flowers and veggies that can’t be sold. This week will function as a typical camp week with the above activities integrated into the week.

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JUNIOR COUNSELORS

We are always looking for teens and adults interested in working with children (outdoors!) to aid our educators as we implement our farm-based curriculum. Our popular Junior Counselor teen program has been an integral part of our dynamic summer camp, and has led to paid positions. For more information, contact Megan. Fill out the JC application here, and read the JC Program Description here.

Scholarships

Unfortunately, there are no more scholarships available for the 2018 season. Please check back with us next year!