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Farm in the Garden Camp

 

Due to ongoing restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, Berkshire Botanical Garden has decided to cancel Farm Camp in the Garden for the 2020 season. While this decision was not made lightly, we are confident that this is the right choice to keep our kids, staff, and community safe during this time.  We will continue to provide quality, safe programming throughout the summer with the safety of our community in mind.

We look forward to the 2021 Season!

Grow. Work. Play. Celebrate.

At Farm in the Garden Camp, we nurture the seeds of stewardship by connecting children to our food system, environment, and to one another.

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Camp Philosophy

Farm in the Garden Camp provides time, space, and guidance for children to engage in purposeful play in an energizing and kind garden community. Their time in the garden will be spent caring for the plants and animals that sustain us and making good use of the harvest. They will plant seedlings, make cheese, collect eggs, bake quiches from scratch, and walk goats among many other hands-on, exciting farm and garden activities. At Farm in the Garden Camp, participants are invited to be part of a community that is committed to educating and inspiring others. We hope to see you this summer!

About Farm in the Garden Camp

  • Open to children 5-14 years old

  • Sign up for one or multiple weeks

  • Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

  • Drop-off at 8:45 a.m.

  • Early drop-off and late pick-up options available

  • A maximum of 28 campers per session

  • 1:3 staff to camper ratio


Some of the things we do at Farm Camp

  • Care for sheep, goats, rabbits, and chickens

  • Pull carrots, dig potatoes

  • Extract honey from the beehive

  • Sing songs and hear stories

  • Cook and eat snacks from food that we grow ourselves

  • Sell homemade treats, and hand-harvested flowers and vegetables 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

  • 9:15 Opening Circle with the whole camp community

  • 9:30 Farm animal and garden chores

  • 10:00 Snack

  • 10:15 Activity I (in age groups)

  • 11:15 Activity II (in age groups)

  • 12:15 Lunch

  • 1:00 Story under the Grandfather Tree

  • 1:30 Choice Time Activities (mixed age groups)

  • 2:45 Closing Circle of Thanks

  • 3:00 Campers leave for the day


Group Descriptions

Campers spend the first part of their day in age groups. In the afternoon, campers get to choose an activity based on interest and spend time with campers of all ages, like siblings, cousins, and other friends.

Planters (ages 5-7)
Planters learn the foundations of farming and gardening through hands on activities, like planting and transplanting seedlings. They ease into animal care by meeting our smallest animals first, and work their way up to activities including walking our goats and brushing our llama. Planters also begin their culinary journey, learning to connect final products, like quiches and cheese, to their natural origins through hands on cooking activities.

Harvesters (ages 8-10)
Harvesters expand their culinary and agricultural know-how. They hone their herbal palette by harvesting, tasting, and cooking with herbs. They spend time caring for our animals, learning about their fibers and creating needle-felting art. They also begin taking on leadership roles in helping to organize and run our Thursday Family Farm Stand.

Farmers (ages 11-14)
Farmers dig deep into leadership with team building games and culinary, craft and garden related projects. They also visit the honey bees in their hives and compete in a friendly Farm Camp Bake Off cooking challenge.

Leaders-in-Training (LIT) (ages 15-18)
LITs support educators in guiding campers through daily farm, garden, and craft activities. LITs are required to commit to a minimum of 2 sessions of the summer and are paid a stipend for being in the program. To learn more about being a LIT or to apply, fill out and submit the LIT application form.

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