We're excited to announce a new program we've put together for the summer of 2019: Summer Fundays on the Farm - for Kids! This is our version of a farm summer day camp. Our intention with this program is to create the opportunity for kiddos in our community to be involved with the farm in an intentional and thoughtful way. For us, this has meant putting together a curriculum that incorporates guided participation, experiential learning and play!
Kids will be involved in all things farm! This includes things like meeting our farm animals and learning how to help care for them, scavenger hunts, growing plants in the greenhouse (to take home), understanding what a diverse farm-ecosystem is and does, farm games, learning how to process wool and dye fabric using plants, understanding soil and compost, and even learning how to harvest and prepare vegetables into simple dishes for an afternoon snack. Every Monday will have a different theme but regardless of the theme, each day will include: learning how to prepare and eat a small dish made from farm ingredients, making a take-home craft or project and adding to their own personal farm journal.
WHEN: Mondays on the Farm are once a week on July 1st, the 8th, the 15th and the 22nd from 9-2pm. WHERE: Good Stead Farm, 6099 N. Meridian Road in Hope, 48628. WHO: This program is for school aged children, 1st grade-5th grade. WHAT: Mondays on the Farm will be taught and facilitated by Julia Kuhns, a third-year staff member here at Good Stead Farm. In Julia's former life, she was the camp activities coordinator at Camp Cherith, in Minnesota. Prior to that she studied Art Education for Elementary School aged children. She is CPR trained and certified. Along with a co-counselor, they will be running the day-to-day operations. However, I am looking forward to joining the group every Monday to include them in on a lesson or a mini-project that I'm working on around the farm. (I look forward to channeling my time spent as a Farm Educator at Gale Woods Farm in Minnesota for my mini-sessions!) Kiddos need to come to camp with breakfast in their bellies, a paper bag lunch and a water bottle. We will be supplying them with a farm snack mid-morning. (Further details will be in final paperwork) Walking around, getting dirty, paying attention, listening to farm rules (without exception) and being thoughtful are essential parts of being a good farm guest. Electronic devices will not be permitted to be carried around or used during the sessions except by the counselors and other farm staff. Please consider these terms before deciding whether this is the right activity for your child. COST: The cost for the program (four sessions, from 9-2) is $170.00. We will have one scholarship placement available. HOW: There of course will be forms to fill out, permission slips signed, allergies made aware, etc. and these items MUST be filled out and returned, with payment, in a timely manner to secure your spot. I'm sorry to say that we're not able to offer individual sessions as of right now but look forward to growing this program in the future. Spots are limited.
And finally, I cannot stress enough: Good Stead Farm is a small, diverse, certified organic family-run production farm. We are not a petting zoo nor do we have teaching gardens - all parts of our farm are directly or indirectly linked to food production for our community. Summer Fundays on the Farm is meant to give children an intentional yet fun look at food, food production, land stewardship and nature. (Please note that children will not be involved with tractors or other large equipment.)
TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT: Please fill out the attached sign up form here. A $40 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Your spot is not reserved until we receive and confirm your deposit. We will email you your permission forms, to be filled out and sent back (via either email or mail) with your final balance ($130) no later than June 1st. For inquiries into scheduling, weekly themes, activities or other general questions please email Julia at Kuhns.email@example.com. For questions regarding terms, logistics or permission slips, please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to answer any questions you might have!