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Kids, parents, grandparents and farm animals all agree – Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Farm in the Garden Camp is THE place to be!

At Farm in the Garden Camp, children learn the connections that exist with themselves, nature, the food we eat and the friendships that develop in between.  There are baby animals to feed, vegetables to tend to, songs to sing, food to prepare and a life-long relationship with the outdoors to start building.

Registration for Farm Camp 2016 beginning in January! More details coming soon.

2016 Farm Camp Sessions:

Session 1: June 27 – July 1, 2016
Session 2: July 4 – 8, 2016
Session 3: July 11 – 15, 2016
Session 4: July 18 – 22, 2016
Session 5: July 25 – 29, 2016
Session 6: August 1 – 5, 2016

For more information, contact Chris Wellens, Farm in the Garden Camp Director, at 413.298.3926 or email him at 

About Farm in the Garden Camp

  • Open to children 5 -14 years old
  • One-week sessions; sign up for multiple weeks
  • Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Drop-off at 8:45 a.m.
  • A maximum of 25 campers per session
  • 1:3 staff to camper ration

Camp Philosophy

Berkshire Botanical Garden has designed a program that will nurture the seeds of earth stewardship for young and old alike while connecting children to our food, our shared place, and to one another. The camp provides time, space, and guidance for children to do meaningful work and play in a caring, garden community brimming with expertise. The camp offers inherent pleasure and personal agency that comes with making things by hand. We will make cheese after milking our visiting goat, collect eggs and harvest and grind wheat berries before baking a quiche, and harvest dill to press carefully into goat cheese rounds. Our work at the garden will be to care for the plants and animals that sustain us and to make good use of the harvest. At Farm in the Garden Camp, participants are invited to join a community of children, grown-ups, plants and animals that engages one another through care, understanding, interaction, and sustenance.
Some of the things we do…
  • care for sheep and goats, bunnies, and chickens
  • build a bean trellis, pull carrots, dig potatoes
  • spin honey from our garden beehive
  • sing songs and hear stories
  • cook and eat snacks from food that we grew ourselves
  • sell flowers, homemade treats, and hand-harvested veggies at the Thursday Family Farm Stand
  • bake pizza in a cob oven for our Friday Farm Feast celebration
  • make new friends!

A typical day at Farm in the Garden Camp

  • 9:00 Campers Arrive/ Morning Circle
  • 9:30 Farm Animal Chores
  • 10:00 Snack
  • 10:15 Activity I
  • 11:15 Activity II
  • 12:15  Lunch
  • 1:00 Story in the Schoolhouse
  • 1:30 Choice: Games, Craft, Animals, or Water Play
  • 2:30 Closing Circle of Thanks
  • 3:00 Campers leave for the day

What to Bring to Camp

  • Campers should arrive in appropriate clothing for farm and garden work including a hat
  • Campers should wear comfortable, closed toe shoes
  • Snack, Lunch, Water bottle
  • Swimsuit & towel (for slip and slide)
  • Backpack or bag for bringing home swimsuit, towel, crafts, etc.
  • Sunblock/bug repellant should be applied before campers arrive
  • Please label all items with child’s name


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