2019 Camp Programs

ARTISTS, July 15-19
Ages 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 are now full! Contact sember@commongroundfarm.org to be added to the mailing list.
This week we will use the natural world around us as inspiration and source material as we paint, draw, collage, print, and build our way through the week! Younger campers will get messy in process-oriented work while exploring materials such as collage, clay, and watercolor. Older campers will develop skills in creating value in drawing, color mixing and developing control while painting, learning how to create perspectival space and more while working with a variety of materials. Our week will end with a family art opening, where we will share all of our masterpieces!

 
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GREEN DESIGNERS, July 22-26
Ages 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 are now full! Contact sember@commongroundfarm.org to be added to the mailing list.

This week we will explore form and function, draw, sculpt, and build! From terrariums, to architectural design drawings, to inventions straight from our dreams, students of all ages will get to invent, design, and build all week! Younger campers will get messy drawing and working with clay, inventing and processing their work as they go, while older campers will work to solve problems by designing and then creating models for their solutions. We will close out our week with a design expo, sharing all of our creations with our families!

 
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LAND STEWARDS, July 29-August 2
Ages 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 are now full! Contact sember@commongroundfarm.org to be added to the mailing list.

When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.--Aldo Leopold. The idea of a land ethic is simply caring: about people, about land, and about strengthening the relationships between them. To care about the land, it is vital for people to have direct and deep interactions with nature. This week our campers will hike, explore, study the different habitats on the land, and reflect through journaling and artmaking. Our oldest campers will hike or work with our farmers each day, participating in a variety of activities designed to grow an understanding for the natural world. We will conclude our week with a celebration of the land, sharing our art and reflections with the camp community.

 
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FARMERS, August 5-9
Ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12 are now full! Contact sember@commongroundfarm.org to be added to the mailing list.

This week we will get into the fields and do what the farmers do. From starting seedlings, to watering, to composting, to harvesting—we will do it all! When we need a break from the sun, we will learn how to preserve and prepare our harvests, we will visit the barn animals, and we will learn how farmers take care of animals. For 9-12 year olds, we will learn more about what it takes to be a farmer--from developing crop plans, to working in the garden, to helping with the annual onion harvest, we will be digging deep. Our week will end with a community Farmers’ Market to share the bounty of our weeks’ work with our families!

 
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ZOOLOGISTS, August 12-16
Ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12 are now full! Contact sember@commongroundfarm.org to be added to the mailing list.

This week we will explore all the different kinds of animals that live at the farm: underground, at the pond, in the trees, in the barn, and on the pasture. We will look for worms, capture pond creatures, do some bird watching, and visit with the barn animals. For 9-12 year olds, this week will focus on animal tracking and identification, work with the farm animals on a deeper level, and study the relationships between the animals that live on the farm. At the end of the week we will celebrate our love for animals with our families with lots of science and art projects to take home!

 
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LOCAL CHEFS, August 19-23
Ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12 are now full! Contact sember@commongroundfarm.org to be added to the mailing list.

We will spend this week harvesting perfectly ripe veggies from our fields and then making delicious, fresh dishes to share! Campers will explore concepts such as seasonality, flavor and color balancing, use of fresh herbs, and more! There will also be time spent helping the farmers with their work weeding, composting, and harvesting. The 9-12 year olds will work with Chef Key and learn basic culinary skills such as working with a knife, making sauces, working with various ingredients, and presentation considerations. Campers will go home with a hand-made cookbook, an open mind to fresh food, and loads of kitchen skills. On Friday, families will be invited to join us as we share the food that we made together!

 
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ADVENTURE COOKS, August 26-August 30
Ages 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12 are now full! Contact sember@commongroundfarm.org to be added to the mailing list.

This week takes campers on a culinary adventure, as we flex our taste buds and our cooking skills and try out new things!  Campers will harvest from our fields and create cross-cultural and new dishes each day, exploring our diversity and connections through food.  Our youngest campers will focus on exploring textures, tastes, and combinations with an open mind. 9-12 year olds will explore cultural connections to culinary traditions, and will get to experiment in Farm Camp’s edition of Chopped, where campers work in teams to create something new.

 
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There are two steps to register your child for farm camp. Registration is not complete until both steps are completed:

1. Complete the online registration form: the link is here.

2. Payment: visit our store front to pay online or mail a check to:
PO BOX 148
Beacon, NY 12508

Questions? Contact Sember Weinman, Education Director, at sember@commongroundfarm.org