Are you looking for a unique yet educational summer camp for your 8-12 year old? This week-long day camp will give kids a first-hand experience living, working, playing, and producing on a small family farm. Sounds exciting so far, doesn’t it?
The children will experience how to care for a horse, cow, pigs, and poultry, and then will learn about gardening and wild edibles. Some of the time will be spent in the kitchen learning long-lost skills like butter and cheese making, canning, butchering, and rendering lard.
Children will bring their own lunch, but each day they will make a snack out of something from the farm, and they will end the week by cooking a delicious brunch for the parents based on ingredients produced on or near the farm. This sounds amazing!
All of the kids will go on a field trip to a nearby blueberry farm and will play games and make crafts that correspond to the theme of the day. Ultimately, the children will discover in a way they can understand, the principles of integrated and sustainable food production and processing and how they can apply these principles in their lives, no matter where they live. The schedule is as follows:
Monday: 9am-3pm (cow/dairy)
Tuesday: 9am-3pm (garden)
Wednesday: 9am-3pm (poultry)
Thursday: 9am arrival, stay for sleep-over (swine)
Friday: parents invited to arrive at 11am for farm brunch prepared and served by kids. 12:30 depart
This camp is run by Cindy Bayon, mother of 7, farmer, and former homeschool teacher, on her farm in New Boston, Michigan, near I-275 and I-94. The cost is $175 for the first child in the family, $150 for the second, $125 for the third. 6 or 7 year old children may be considered on a case by case basis. Spaces are very limited. To hold your child’s place ($50 deposit) or for more information, please contact Cindy Bayon at firstname.lastname@example.org. From there she can give you details on where to send payment, etc.