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Phone: 508.627.7007
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The Farm Institute
14 Aero Ave.
Edgartown, MA 02539

Mailing Address
PO Box 1868
Edgartown, MA 02539

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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. Afterward, 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 9 weeks in the summer. Our youngest campers, age 4, will spend their mornings at the farm, while campers ages 5-9 have a choice of half day or full day and older campers, ages 10-13, will spend a full day ending 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!
Before Care *New this year!
For those parents who need to work before the 9AM camp start time, we are happy to provide before care. Our staff is available to accept your child as early as 8:30AM. You must register in advance for this service; the cost per week is $35. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate campers before 8:30AM or after 3PM.

A DAY AT FARM CAMP

Every Farm Camp day begins at 9AM with our Morning Circle greeting and warm-up game. Afterward, 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!

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 wool for us to play 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.

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 the sheep, set up fencing, or other farm chores.

Egg-speriments
Campers who love chickens, science, or even both will have a blast in our eggsperiments elective! This group will be collecting eggs and using them for all sorts of physics and science related experiments. What happens when an egg soaks in vinegar? How many boards of wood can a base of four eggs support? I bet it’s more than you think! This elective group explores these questions and more.