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The Farm Institute
14 Aero Ave.
Edgartown, MA 0539

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The FARM Institute’s Farm Camp will introduce your children to our working farm through fun, engaging, and educational activities. Farm Camp is divided into four groups based on age: Wee Farmers, Sprouts, Growers, Harvesters, and Homesteaders. Each group will take part in a wide variety of age-appropriate farm experiences from caring for our sheep, chickens, and pigs; to helping maintain our Friendship Garden filled with veggies, flowers, and herbs grown by and for our campers.

Every Farm Camp day begins at 9AM with our Morning Circle greeting and warm-up game. Afterwards, all of our camp groups set out to do their daily assigned chore, which could include collecting eggs, feeding pigs, checking on the sheep flock or cow herd, feeding turkeys, or one of our many other daily chores. After the plants and animals are cared for, it’s time for a snack break before setting off on our morning project or lesson. We say goodbye to our Half-Day campers at noon, while Full-Day campers enjoy lunch and some hard earned relaxation before setting off for their chosen elective in the afternoon.
Electives include cooking, gardening, birding, foraging, or other fun farm related topics!

Farm Camp runs five days each week for 10 weeks in the summer. Our young campers (ages 4-9) have a choice of half day or full day while older campers (ages 10-13) will spend the full day on the farm and end their day at 3PM.

  • Half-Day groups run from 9AM until 12Noon, Monday through Friday
  • Full-Day groups run from 9AM to 3PM, Monday through Friday
  • All Full-Day camp families are invited to come to the farm at 2PM on Fridays to take part in our weekly Friday Fiesta, a farm-wide celebration of the events and the food enjoyed during the week!

A DAY AT FARM CAMP

Every Farm Camp day begins at 9AM with our Morning Circle greeting and warm-up game. Afterwards, all of our camp groups set out to do their daily assigned chore, which could include collecting eggs, feeding pigs, checking on the sheep flock or cow herd, feeding turkeys, or one of our many other daily chores. After the plants and animals are cared for, it’s time for a snack break before setting off on our morning project or lesson. We say goodbye to our Half-Day campers at noon, while Full-Day campers enjoy lunch and some hard earned relaxation before setting off for their chosen elective in the afternoon.
Electives include cooking, gardening, birding, foraging, or other fun farm related topics!

A sample of afternoon activities:

Chefs in Training
Campers are invited to put their cooking skills to the test. Each week, our Chefs in Training elective focuses on different styles of cooking and baking with the ingredients that they harvest from the farm. Younger campers will learn kitchen safety
and begin to develop their culinary skills, while older campers will practice what they already know, learn new skills, and help plan the menu.

Farm Spa
Our Farm Camp spa often opens for the afternoon after long, hot mornings in the sun. Campers will learn about a variety of vegetables and herbs that restore their moods and bodies, while often crafting scent pillows and tea bags that they can take home to share with their families. If you like to lounge in the shade with cucumbers on your eyes, this might be for you.

Bird’s The Word
Our farm is host to a variety of birds, both domesticated and wild. Campers will study the difference between the ducks, chickens, and turkeys on the farm (and their wild cousins), build their own binoculars and birding journals, and hike around the property to see what winged friends they can find.

Fiber Fun
The wool sheep in our flock were kind enough to donate some of their fiber for us to create with. Campers will spend their afternoons learning how to spin, felt, dye, or make other crafts with wool that they can bring home or share with friends.

Farm Olympics
For those with endless energy, we host a farm competition of epic proportions. Teams will compete in grain-bag sack races, wheelbarrow obstacle courses, tug-of-war, garden bed weeding races, and many other farm challenges.

Chore Tours
Campers who just can’t get enough of our animals will love afternoon chore tours. This elective group will help our farmhands with afternoon chores and special projects. They could collect and clean eggs, help move or weigh the sheep, help clip turkey wings, set up fencing, or whatever else needs to happen to help care for our plants and animals here on The Farm.

Homesteading 101
Want to become more self-sufficient? Join up with our group of aspiring homesteaders, who will spend their afternoons learning how to make paper, dip candles, work on simple carpentry projects, and use tools. Some groups may even get the chance to design and build models of their own dream farm.

All The Farm’s A Stage
Campers will learn new ways to express what they observe and learn on the farm. This elective is an often hilarious combination of improv, reenactment, musical theater, and farm-based sketch comedy. This elective will also get the chance to create a performance for Friday Fiesta that week.

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