SUMMER CAMPS

The MOFGA certified organic Broadturn Farm is an authentic working farm that embodies the heritage of agriculture for children through engagement with a working landscape.

Whether it be marveling at the John Deere as Farmer John rolls by or greeting the box of tiny baby chicks delivered by the mail carrier, children come home with dirty knees and great stories. The enthusiasm is infectious and sometimes children leave with a dream to farm.

Children start the day with a morning meeting and a little yoga (those slop buckets are heavy--even our youngest farmers need to stretch before lifting). After meeting, groups separate to take care of farm chores. The animals on the farm are fed and watered, eggs are collected and fence lines are checked. Sometimes, the wood fired oven needs to be lit for a baking project. After chore time, everyone moves in to a morning activity. A typical morning activity might include picking strawberries and grabbing a few eggs before heading to the kitchen to make strawberry shortcake. The middle of the day is met with lunch and a story. In the afternoon, there is choice time and often a trip to the stream is an option. The Silver Brook is a small tributary that runs in to the Stroudwater River. Its home to salamanders, frogs and the occasional brook trout. There also appears to be a growing population of fairies as evidenced by the heavy development of fairy houses in the region.

Come join us! 

Sprouts

Half-Day Program for ages 4 & 5 

Monday - Friday, 9 AM - Noon

With an eye towards the unique needs of very young children, we structure the half day program to include lots of imagination, hands on learning and play activities.

Little ones love coming to camp feeding pigs, visiting the cows, collecting eggs, handling chicks and ducklings, munching veggies and strawberries in the garden, learning simple recipes, exploring the woods, building fairy houses, singing songs, listening to stories, playing games, making art, and of course… learning how to use an outhouse!

Farm Kids

Full Day Program for ages 6 - 10 

Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM

The Farm Kids Program allows campers to experience all the workings of a small, organic, working farm. Pigs, lambs, ducks, turkeys and laying hens are all part of a camper’s experience. Campers will participate in farm chores such as weeding, picking potato bugs, collecting eggs, feeding the pigs, and planting seedlings. Campers will take walks in the woods, learn about farm and forest ecology, collect salamanders and frogs, do craft projects, and learn how good local, organic farm-raised food can be through simple cooking projects. Campers play and read and dig in the dirt and come home asking for snap peas and carrots for dinner.

Farm Teens

Full Day Program for ages 11 - 14 

Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM

NEW for 2020: expanded Farm Teen Programming! These programs are designed specifically with young teens in mind. Campers will take a more active role in caring for our flower & vegetable gardens and livestock, and will delve deeper into what makes an organic farm successful and sustainable. Activities may include livestock care & maintenance, trail-building, harvesting & cooking, farm robotics, survival & homesteading skills, and much more! See weekly theme descriptions for further detail.

Please note: Campers must turn 11 by August 31, 2020 to register as a Farm Teen!

Fees & Ages

Half-Day Campers ($200/week)

Sprouts: Ages 4-5 years
9 am - noon

Full Day Campers (from $295/week*)

Farm Kids: Ages 6-10 years
Farm Teens: Ages 11-14 years
9 am - 3 pm

*Increased price for Farm Teens for camp weeks 5, 6, and 7 includes Thursday overnight stay.

Please note:

  • If we are notified of a cancellation prior to May 30th, we will issue a refund, less $25 processing fee. No refunds will be made for a cancellation after this date.
  • Sign up is limited to no more that 2 weeks to allow the opportunity for more kids to experience the farm. If the week you’re interested is FULL, please email megan@broadturnfarm.com to be put on the waiting list.

Summer Camp Session Sneak Peek

Week 1 (June 22 - 26)
Art on the Farm for Sprouts and Farm Kids

Week 2 (June 29 - July 3)
Tools & Tractors Week for Sprouts and Farm Kids
Future Farmers Week for Farm Teens

Week 3 (July 6 - 10)
Critters & Creatures Week for Sprouts and Farm Kids
Farm Science Week for Farm Teens

Week 4 (July 13 - 17)
Homesteading Week for Sprouts, Farm Kids, and Farm Teens

Week 5 (July 20 - 24)
Forest Week for Sprouts, Farm Kids, and Farm Teens

Week 6 (July 27 - 31)
Homesteading Week for Sprouts and Farm Kids
Homesteading Week 1 for Farm Teens (2-week session)

Week 7 (August 3 - 7)
Flower Week for Sprouts and Farm Kids
Homesteading Week 2 for Farm Teens (2-week session)

Week 8 (August 10 - 14) - FULL!
Farm-to-Table Week for Sprouts, Farm Kids, and Farm Teens

Week 9 (August 17 - 21)
Plant Magic Week for Sprouts, Farm Kids, and Farm Teens

Session Descriptions

Week 1 (June 22 - 26)

Art on the Farm for Sprouts and Farm Kids

Did you know that farmers can be artists too? We’ll make sculptures with wood, stone, and clay, make paint with dirt, dye with plants, and see what we can create with all of the extra flowers that can’t be sold. This week will function as a typical camp week with the above activities integrated into the week.

Registration open to Sprouts and Farm Kids!

Week 2 (June 29 - July 3)

Tools & Tractors Week for Sprouts and Farm Kids

Our tools and tractors make the farm run! Learn how and why the tractors are used on the farm with Farmer John. Practice using our many farm tools such as wheel hoes, hand hoes, pitchforks and wheelbarrows. This week will function as a typical camp week with the above activities integrated into the week.

Registration open to Sprouts and Farm Kids!

Future Farmers Week for Farm Teens

Our teen farmers will engage in some of the most important projects on the farm such as planting in our vegetable garden & flower fields, harvesting garlic scapes, strawberries and rhubarb, maintenance of our chicken coop, and moving animal fencing. This week will also include farm favorites such as visits to the stream, animal chores, trail hikes & cooking projects!

Registration open to Farm Teens!

Week 3 (July 6 - 10)

Critters & Creatures Week for Sprouts and Farm Kids

Learn about some of the smaller creatures on the farm! Search for snakes, salamanders, frogs, crayfish & minnows that live in and near the stream. Discover why butterflies, bees, spiders and other beneficial insects are so important to growing food and flowers, and learn about those pesky ones too (potato beetles, cutworms, tomato hornworms & more)! This week will function as a typical camp week with the above activities integrated into the week.

Registration open to Sprouts and Farm Kids!

Farm Science Week for Farm Teens

Delve into the science of farming! Learn about soil science, pest management and how farming & forestry affect our climate. Did you know farmers use technology too? Temperature probes, pH meters, and YES robots can all be useful on the farm. This week will also include farm favorites such as visits to the stream, animal chores, trail hikes & cooking projects!

Registration open to Farm Teens!

Week 4 (July 13 - 17)

Homesteading Week for Sprouts and Farm Kids

Campers try their hand at some homesteading skills: sewing, spinning, weaving, woodworking, gardening, bread baking, cooking over an open fire, pickling and making butter & jam are just a few of the things they might learn. This week will function as a typical camp week with the above activities integrated into the week.

Registration open to Sprouts and Farm Kids!

Homesteading Week for Farm Teens

Campers try their hand at some homesteading skills: sewing, spinning, weaving, woodworking, gardening, bread baking, cooking over an open fire, pickling and making butter & jam are just a few of the things they might learn. This week will also include farm favorites such as visits to the stream, animal chores and trail hikes!

NO CAMP OVERNIGHT.

Registration open to Farm Teens!

Week 5 (July 20 - 24)

Forest Week for Sprouts and Farm Kids

There’s so much to see and do in the woods surrounding the farm! Some of our favorite woods activities include: digging clay from old streambeds, building fairy houses, hiking the Silver Brook Trail, foraging for wild edibles, and building shelters! This week will function as a typical camp week with the above activities integrated into the week.

Registration open to Sprouts and Farm Kids!

Forest Week for Farm Teens

Campers will spend the week exploring the woods at the farm. Activities include building and maintaining a safe campfire, cooking our own food, learning basic wilderness first aid, trail building & trail maintenance, working on primitive crafts and preparing our campsite for a Thursday overnight in our forest home. This week will also include farm favorites such as visits to the stream, animal chores & crafting projects!

CAMP OVERNIGHT FROM THURSDAY, 7/23 to FRIDAY, 7/24.

Registration open to Farm Teens!

Week 6 (July 27 - 31)

Homesteading Week for Sprouts and Farm Kids

Campers try their hand at some homesteading skills: sewing, spinning, weaving, woodworking, gardening, bread baking, cooking over an open fire, pickling and making butter & jam are just a few of the things they might learn. This week will function as a typical camp week with the above activities integrated into the week.

Registration open to Sprouts and Farm Kids!

Homesteading Week 1 for Farm Teens

NEW 2-Week Session! Campers try their hand at some homesteading skills: sewing, spinning, weaving, woodworking, gardening, bread baking, cooking over an open fire, pickling and making butter & jam are just a few of the things they might learn. We will also prepare our homestead for a Thursday overnight on the second Thursday of the 2-week session. This week will also include farm favorites such as visits to the stream, animal chores and trail hikes!

CAMP OVERNIGHT FROM THURSDAY, 8/6 to FRIDAY, 8/7.

Registration open to Farm Teens! Must register for Weeks 6 & 7.

Week 7 (August 3 - 7)

Flower Week for Sprouts and Farm Kids

Join our farm's floral designers in learning what makes a great bouquet of flowers. Make one of your own to bring home and give to your mom, dad, neighbor, or friend! Learn about edible flowers, make flower tea and use flowers in arts and crafts projects throughout the week! This week will function as a typical camp week with the above activities integrated into the week.

Registration open to Sprouts and Farm Kids!

Homesteading Week 2 for Farm Teens

NEW 2-Week Session! Campers try their hand at some homesteading skills: sewing, spinning, weaving, woodworking, gardening, bread baking, cooking over an open fire, pickling and making butter & jam are just a few of the things they might learn. We will also prepare our homestead for a Thursday overnight on the second Thursday of the 2-week session. This week will also include farm favorites such as visits to the stream, animal chores and trail hikes!

CAMP OVERNIGHT FROM THURSDAY, 8/6 to FRIDAY, 8/7.

Registration open to Farm Teens! Must register for Weeks 6 & 7.

Week 8 (August 10 - 14) - FULL!

Farm-to-Table Week for Sprouts, Farm Kids, and Farm Teens

During Farm to Table Week, campers will engage in a large plan to create a farm to table picnic to be enjoyed near the end of the week. Complete with meal planning, harvesting, cooking, and decorating the table with flowers, campers will play an active role. The Camp Pizza Party & Picnic will take place on the evening of Thursday, August 13th. This week will function as a typical camp week with the above activities integrated into the week.

Registration open to Sprouts, Farm Kids, and Farm Teens!

Week 9 (August 17 - 21)

Plant Magic Week for Sprouts, Farm Kids, and Farm Teens

Let’s see what our farm-grown and wild plants have to offer us! We’ll make lip balms and salves, art materials, rope, & yummy things to eat. We’ll learn which plants are good for bumps and bruises and bug bites, and how to make a good sun-infused tea! This week will function as a typical camp week with the above activities integrated into the week.

Registration open to Sprouts, Farm Kids, and Farm Teens!

Junior Counselors

We are always looking for teens interested in working with children to aid our educators as we implement our farm-based curriculum. Our popular Junior Counselor teen program has been an integral part of our dynamic summer camp, and has led to paid positions. Junior Counselor positions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and require a completed application with adult references. Learn more by reading the program description here. For more information, contact Megan.

Scholarships

We want to give EVERY child a chance to attend camp at Broadturn Farm! Our farm campers work hard throughout the summer harvesting, washing, bunching, pricing and selling flowers, fruits & vegetables to raise funds for our scholarship program.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to children attending our Preschool Discoveries or Summer Camp programs.