Farm Care

Fall – August 31 – December 18 
Winter/Spring – January 11 – May 28

  • Session 1: 1/11-2/5 
  • Session 2: 2/8-3/5
  • Session 3: 3/8-4/2
  • Session 4: 4/5-4/30
  • Session 5: 5/3-5/28
  • or TBD based on schools

In response to the distance learning required by Santa Cruz County’s place on the California State Watchlist, Farm Discovery will continue offering a school year instance of our Summer Farm Care program. It is our goal to offer hands-on experiences in nature and farming to children this fall, support families and kids in distance learning, while maintaining safety through strict adherence to state and county mandates.

In addition to supporting students’ distance learning, Farm Care is full of adventures on the farm with hands-on activities in farming, art, cooking and wild crafting (plant ID, fire building, shelter building and more!) as well as hikes around our 150-acre organic farm.

Kiddos will explore pieces of Live Earth’s 150 acres in both organic vegetable row crop production and fruit orchards. In addition to learning about life as an organic vegetable farmer, kiddos will spend time getting to know our herd of goats, our milking cow, Bella, and visit with the chickens. Kiddos will assist in daily chores of our animals, while learning about the benefits of humane livestock management.

“We are so grateful for the amazing staff of Farm Discovery for your amazing work teaching kids to find a love for healthy eating. I have no doubt that Ruben will have a love for farm life for the rest of his life!”- parent, Summer Farm Care 2020

Sample Schedule 9am-4pm

*with Distance Learning commitments

8:30-9:00 Optional time to set up & get ready for the morning school work
9:00-12:00  Video meetings with class, asynchronous work, quiet crafts. Break and snack times dependent on student’s schedule
12:00 Lunch and free exploration
1:00 Animal Discovery – hang out with pigmy goats and chickens or visit ponies, cow & pig
1:45 Harvest strawberries and plant garlic
2:15 Nature journaling, watercolors
3:00 Snack and free play
3:50 Pack up, free time, sign out, go home