Fall Farm Care

Session 1 – August 31 – December 18
Session 2 – TBD based on schools

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In response to the distance learning required by Santa Cruz County’s place on the California State Watchlist, Farm Discovery will offer a fall 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.

Fall Farm care will be 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 no Distance Learning commitments

8:00-9:00 Optional Childcare
9:00 Arrive/free play
9:30 Animal Chores
10:00 Snack
10:20 Activity 1 – Harvest strawberries and plant garlic
11:00 Activity 2 – Fossil making with clay and found objects like shells, leafs, rocks
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Animal Discovery – hang out with pigmy goats and chickens or visit ponies, cow & pig
1:45 Activity 3 – Community Building Games
2:15 Activity 4 – Nature journaling, watercolors
3:00 Snack and free play
3:45 Pack up, free time, sign out, go home

Sample Schedule 9am-4pm

*with Distance Learning commitments

8:00-9:00 Optional Childcare
9:00  Zoom meeting with class
10:00 Snack
10:20 Staff supported Asynchronous Distance Learning
12:00 Lunch
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
3:45 Pack up, free time, sign out, go home

Art on the Farm

Explore the wonders of nature through farming and artistic expression. Activities may include printing from natural materials, musical instrument making, working in the education demonstration garden, cheese making, felting and so much more! Each day we will harvest something from the garden to contribute to our sustainable picnic lunches!

Farm Camp Circle

Farm to Table

Learning about farming, food preparation and preservation through hands-on activities in our fields, Discovery Garden, and kitchen classroom. Kids who love food or never let a leafy green cross their lips will both enjoy exploring the processes of creating healthy and tasty meals beginning with a seed.

Wild Craft

Wildcraft is an exciting new addition to our summer programs! Kiddos will develop and grow their relationship to nature and the region they are growing up in. Activities will include fire and shelter building, map reading and orienteering, knot tying, plant identification and foraging and natural history of the region, especially that of it’s first peoples.

In response to the continuation of ‘Shelter in Place’ guidelines from Santa Cruz County and the State of California, we are adapting our summer program. The state and county mandates, we will adhere to are as follows:

  • Summer camp may be offered to children of essential workers or volunteers working in essential services.
  • Groups of children may be no larger that 12 and must be with the same children each day
  • Staff must stay with the same children each day and not interact with children from other groups
  • If there is more than one group of children on site, they must not overlap/share facilities

In order to better accommodate daycare needs of essential workers and volunteers, we have shifted from a weekly to monthly session format with extended care options.

For more information contact Lucie Ashley at Education@farmdiscovery.org or call the Farm Discovery office at (831) 728-2032.