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Bread and Butter FARM CAMP!
February 07, 2013We invite you to join us this year for our inaugural summer camp for children ages 5-9. Each child will engage hands on with the daily operations of the farm guided by the farmers, and create art and music facilitated by professional artists. Children gain a sense of accomplishment as they harvest, process, and prepare food for their own lunch, and still have plenty of time to just run around and have fun in a beautiful working farm landscape.
Farm camp will run for 3 weeks in July. You may sign up for 1, 2 or 3 weeks. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30-1. (If you’d like to sign up for individual days please ask about pro-rating).
WEEKS OF FARM CAMP
A typical day at Farm Camp will reflect a typical day in the life of a family farmer. The schedule revolves around what needs to be done, and when the work is done we relax with creative expression and enjoy the fruits of our labor. This type of routine fosters an appreciation for this way of life and provides very real rewards for our time and effort.
When the children arrive and feel settled, we will begin with a circle time where we express the general schedule for the day. We will include a short story, poem or song about a farmer, a farm, an animal, a plant, or an idea we’d like the kids to keep in mind. From circle we move right into farm chores and a guided farm activity in the garden or with the animals. This may be harvesting greens for lunch, feeding the pigs, or tending to the needs of the cows. Activities will be age appropriate to provide children with a satisfied feeling of completing a task. After a snack, we’ll begin a creative project. Some days we will explore different musical instruments, and write and record our own songs. Other days we will create our own costumes and parade about the farm to live music. In addition to the farm landscape, we are blessed with a diversity of ecosystems and habitats to explore. Every activity will include concepts that connect us to the way of life as a steward of the land. When we break from making music or art we will put the finishing touches on lunch and eat! When our bellies are full we will play in our own way. And before we leave we will reflect on the day and appreciate our time together.
Corie Pierce has been an educator in many different venues for 15 years. She began Bread & Butter Farm 3.5 years ago and has held a vision from the beginning to create a working farm environment that children can engage with directly. As the working farm is becoming established she can now engage her passion for teaching children beginning with this year’s Farm Camp. Corie is very talented in creating age appropriate activities to help children feel pride in the work they do.
Chris Dorman has been a musician and an educator for 10 years. Most recently he launched Silo Music, an organization devoted to bringing music into the lives and homes of our multi generational world community. In the fall of 2012, he launched Music for Sprouts; a music and movement program for ages 0-3. Chris has also been a stay at home Dad for Corie and Chris’s two children while the farm gets up and running.
We will have a rotating parent helper. We will have one of our many community member parents help run the free play, snack time, and lunch. We are thrilled to offer free tuition for the child of the parent who helps and acts as another set of eyes and ears during farm camp. Please inquire if you are interested!
Spaces for Farm Camp are limited, but we plan to expand programming naturally and organically in future years.
We offer a sliding scale fee. You choose what you can pay in this range: $125-$175.
HOW TO SIGN UP:
Please fill out our 2013 FARM CAMP REGISTRATION FORM and mail in a check made out to SILO MUSIC for the appropriate amount.
Please inquire about pro-rating days, and we will do our best to accommodate you and your family.
We are also looking for one parent who would like to be a chaperon helper for each of the three weeks. Children of parent helpers will receive free tuition to camp (one child). Commitment for the parent is to be in attendance at the camp for all 5 days of the week they have signed up for and to help administer activities and organization of the camp (including monitoring play time and snack and lunch).
Please call (802) 497-7217 or email us at email@example.com for more information!
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