Get Hands-On This Summer At Abma’s Farm!
Down on the farm, we believe in learning hands-on, while having tons of fun! This year, enroll your child in a summer camp program they can truly benefit from.
Abma’s Farm Summer Camp utilizes our own greenhouses and vegetable fields to provide an exciting and educational experience for kids. Camp goals include: gardening, farming, learning about nature’s creatures, and learning how our environment works. We put a fun spin on education, making sure all children enjoy their summer while gaining valuable knowledge about the outdoors. Children also bring home their creations, including herb container gardens and plants that attract butterflies!
Scouts: Ages 5-7
Explorers: Ages 8-10
Both programs run simultaneously, covering information appropriate for each age group. Our curriculum is based upon the Master Gardener and 4-H programs; we are constantly expanding and incorporating new information about farming and gardening. Each week brings fun new projects, experiments, and crafts for our campers. We teach all facets of gardening, nutrition, beneficial insects, and our environment. Both groups are involved in caring for their own garden space on the farm.
Camp runs Mon – Fri from 9am – 3pm
Week 1: June 26-30 – Designing and Planting a Garden
This week we focus on how to begin the process of gardening! First things first: the children prepare their own plot of land for the camp’s garden. We design the garden according to what plants (flowers, veggies, and herbs) we grow. Then, each child receives hands-on experience of digging in the dirt to help create this garden. After planting veggies, flowers and herbs, they plant their own container garden to show off their garden skills at home!
Fourth of July week NO CAMP ***We will hold workshops Wed-Fri at Greenhouse
Week 2: July 10-14 – Nutrition and Designing a Kitchen Garden
Down on the farm, we know nutrition is very important! We grow a large variety of veggies and other edible plants at Abma’s, including those in Camp’s garden. This week, campers learn the value of healthy eating. They’ll even make some great recipes that show healthy foods are delicious too! Then, campers design a kitchen garden (a garden that includes all plants we use in kitchen to cook with). We reference “MyPlate” and use games and activities to learn about nutrition and cooking.
Week 3: July 17-21 – Edibles and Herbs
Did you know vegetables are not the only plants we can eat? Week 3 focuses on how we use herbs in our daily lives. Herbs not only flavor our food and drink, but also have healing components! We utilize experiments and fun mixtures with herbs to learn more about them. A special guest comes in to teach campers even more about herbs! Campers get to take home their favorite herbs and edible plants- teaching their families how beneficial they are.
Week 4: July 24-28 – Getting the Dirt on Dirt
Dirt is a very fun topic, especially on the farm! If you love to dig in the dirt, see all kinds of bugs, and learn about the trucks and large machines that make composting possible on our farm- then this week is for you! Campers become expert bug hunters and identifiers. They learn how to compost and the positive impact it has on our environment! Campers also learn how to sustainably garden and farm, protecting the environment for future generations.
Week 5: July 31- Aug 4 – Mini Gardening
No matter where you live, you can garden! This week, campers learn about different types of gardening. Whether it’s indoor or out, warm or cold, shady or sunny: different types of plants have different growing variables. Gardeners can utilize roof tops, community gardens, window boxes, farms and much more! Campers design and make their own miniature garden to take home. Then they use their imaginations to create a miniature village to incorporate into our garden on the farm.
Week 6: Aug 7-11 – Farm to Table
Calling all chefs! Would you like to learn how to cook from farm to table? Campers learn the proper way to use kitchen tools, write recipes, and use unique cooking methods with a variety of ingredients to create delicious food. We use the motto “the best grocery store is the field right outside our door”! As they use homegrown ingredients from the farm, campers learn not only about cooking, but about eating healthy foods that they can grow and harvest.
Week 7: Aug 14-18 – Bees and Butterflies
Bees do way more than just make honey; they are responsible for putting food on our tables! This week is full of fun, unique experiences and lessons from our expert bee keeper at the farm. Campers learn about pollination and how important bees are to our lives (so much more than just yummy honey). Butterflies are also a friend of our gardens, so we learn what plants attract them. We’ll even catch some caterpillars and watch them cocoon and (hopefully) hatch into butterflies.
Week 8: Aug 21-25 – Farm Harvest and the Way Water Works
Creating an environment that plants can thrive in- giving them lots of sunshine and water- is essential to growing healthy plants. This week focuses on the way water works. We will learn about irrigation systems in our fields and greenhouses. Not only do campers get to play some games (cue the water balloons!), they’ll also learn how to be conservative with water and how much value it has. In addition, campers learn hands on how to harvest crops! Each child will feel like a farmer this week, getting the chance to harvest alongside Abma’s farmers in the fields.
Week 9: Aug 28-Sept 1 – Farm Animals
Ole McDonald had a farm…A B M A S!! This week, campers learn all about the animals on the farm! After meeting our goats, sheep, cows, ponies, and baby chicks, campers experience feeding, petting, and caring for some of our animals. They learn how beneficial our animals are and understand the responsibility of taking care of these wonderful creatures.
2017: The cost of camp is $350.00 per week. The price is reduced to $325.00 if you are enrolled in more than one week, or have more than one child in the program.
We require a $100.00 deposit per week when registering. After registering, paperwork must be filled out before your child begins camp.
We require particular paperwork before your child begins camp. For your convenience, please download the forms below, fill out, and email/fax/mail back or drop off at the Compost Office.
If you have any questions, please contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax number: 201-848-9721