FARM CAMP

Sadly, we will not be offering Farm Camp in 2020. We want to thank you for all your patience over the past few months. It’s been a real rollercoaster ride. Through it all we always hoped and believed that Farm Camp would happen. We are disappointed to be posting this.

 

In order to consider offering Farm Camp this year we had to reduce camp size, raise our rates, introduce physical distancing, facial coverings etc.. to comply with Covid health and safety rules. For many Camp families, the combination was too much and they were not able to send their children this year. We completely understand and sympathize. 

You are always welcome to visit the farm to walk around with your children, to help foster your connection with the land and keep your relationship with Everdale alive. Hours to visit are Monday to Saturday from dawn to dusk. We are closed Sundays. We ask that you practice physical distancing when you are here and that you stay out of areas that are posted.

 

The energy that the campers bring to the farm enriches our work in so many ways. Please make sure that your children know that we will miss them dearly this summer and that we will be ready and waiting for them in 2021. 
 

We will leave the info for 2020 below to give you an idea of what the camp is like in case you're interested for 2021.

Everdale provides hands-on food and farming education to build and engage healthy local food communities. Farm Camp is a unique and very special program that highlights the best of what a community based working farm has to offer.

  

July 6th – July 10th       Farm Explorers (ages 5-10)

July 13th – July 17th     Farm Explorers (ages 5-10)
July 27th – July 31st     Farm Explorers  (ages 5-10)
Aug. 10th – Aug. 14th     Future Farmers (ages 10-15)

We are looking forward to our 11th season of Farm Camp in 2020!   This one of a kind camper experience has grown from three powerful words – Explore, Experience, Discover.   The goal of Farm Camp  is to provide a meaningful experience for your child by providing opportunities for connection to food, and the natural world.   Each day your young farmer will come home brimming with stories of  harvesting vegetables, exploring the forest, planting seeds, feeding sheep AND making delicious goodies like pesto, jam, salsa, bread, cheese and more!

We keep our camps small in numbers, so sign up early to give your camper an unforgettable experience on the farm!
  • All sessions times are Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm

  • All sessions  $225  (+HST)

  • Sibling discounts

  • Full price, first camper – $225   (+HST)

  • 10% off  second camper -$202.50  (+HST)

  • 15% off third and more  -$191.25  (+HST) 

If you are interested in applying for a subsidy for your child(s), please complete this form.

Farm Explorers: Ages 5-10
July 6th – 10th 
July 13th – 17th
July 27th - 31st

Grounded in a comprehensive and dynamic approach to food, farming and fun, this session allows campers to explore everything that the farm has to offer in a safe and inclusive way.  Campers will be busy with our five focus areas: planting, harvesting, animal care, cooking, and creative art. From seeding veggies, to harvesting garlic, to planting kale, to creative art and preparing delicious salsa, campers will be deeply rooted in this unique journey.  Aside from their farm tasks, campers will also bring home a daily taste of the farm and lots of recipes to share with friends and family – campers new cooking and farm skills will continue to bring nourishment and smiles long after camp ends! Sign your child up to be a Farm Explorer and give them an experience they will remember and love forever!

Future Farmers: Ages 10-15

August 10th - 14th

The future farmers program is for the slightly older camper.  The program focuses on all aspects of farm production with a dash of leadership and team building.   We also take into account the camper’s ability to engage longer with tasks and also their ability for some light tool use – both can lead to some incredible garden outcomes and mouth-watering farm products! Most of the week is spent creating, learning, and planning in preparation for Thursday’s Pop-Up market table at our Harvest Share pick up. All proceeds from the “pay-what-you-can” market table go towards a Camp Scholarship established by the Future Farmers in 2014.  This is a special program that allows campers to become leaders and guide their own experience on the farm and truly create a positive change for the future.

What is a typical day at Farm Camp like?


Farm Explorers – A Farm Explorers day is kept busy exploring! These campers spend their days learning about how all of the different aspects of the farm work together, with the goal for each camper to learn as much about healthy local food as possible and why farms are important places. Campers make jam, harvest veggies, prepare delicious food with produce harvested and of course create beautiful farm art. The fun is in the learning and the Farm Explorers program brings the magic of the farm straight to the campers. Ages 5-10. Future Farmers – This is a program for the older campers with a focus on team work and leadership paired with amazing hands-on farm experiences! Not only do the Future Farmers work side by side Everdale farmers, they also spend time planning a one of a kind pop up farmers market. Market delights are guided by the interest of the group but in the past have included jams, cheese, salsa, lip balms, garden decorations, bouquets from our cut flower garden, stepping stones, paper, nature frames, ice cream, muffins, cinnamon buns, pasta sauce and more! All of the proceeds from the market table go to a Camp Scholarship that the Future Farmers established in 2015. Everdale is home to a thriving production farm that serves over 500 families with our Harvest Share Program. At Everdale you can also find a small friendly flock of sheep, multiple greenhouses, an extensive forest trail , and so much more. Regardless of what program your camper registers for, Farm Camp takes the best of what we have to offer and provides an incredibly unique summer experience for your child! We believe in small – Each week registration is capped at 25 campers to allow for the best experience for each individual child. Our staff to camper ratio is typically 6:1.




What does my child need to bring to camp each day?


• NUT FREE – Litter-less lunch • Snacks • Re-fillable water bottle • Sunscreen • Bug spray • Boots or closed toe shoes • Sunhat & sunglasses • Clothes to have fun in; we’d recommend a change of clothes just in case they get too wet and/or dirty Please note that garbage and recycling will be sent home with campers, however we are happy to keep any compost! Please ensure that lunches are nut free. Campers will have the opportunity to prepare and enjoy additional snacks with the food that they harvest- dietary restrictions and allergies will be taken into consideration. Campers are encouraged to dress for the weather each day. The farm is always exciting so you can expect your camper to be outside in all weather- except thunder and lightening. Appropriate farm foot wear is essential and expect whatever your camper wears to get a little dirty 😉




Where do I drop-off and pick-up my camper?


Everdale is located at 5812 Sixth Line of Wellington County. We are the first farm on the west side just north of County Road 22 (one line over from the town of Hillsburgh). When you arrive at the farm, follow the parking arrows down the hill, past the lower greenhouse to the lower parking lot. Follow the path through the pollinator garden towards the Round Room and the sign-in/sign-out sheet will be in the courtyard each day. Please make sure to sign your camper in and out each day. Morning drop off is at 9:00am and pick-up is at 4:00pm. Please try to be punctual at both ends of the day- we have a bunch planned and we don’t want any campers missing out!




What about sibling discounts?


We would love to have all of the young farmers in your family attend Farm Camp and are happy to offer sibling discounts: • Full price, first camper – $225 + HST • 10% off second camper -$202.50 + HST • 15% off third and more -$191.25 +HST If you are registering more than one camper, please select the pay later option during registration and we will be in touch to arrange your discount.




What is Everdale's Cancellation policy?


Your camp fee is refundable, less a service fee of $50 per camper, if a camper’s reservation is cancelled in writing more than 2 weeks before the start of their booked session. If the cancellation occurs within 2 weeks of the start of their session, there will be a service fee of $100 per camper. If the cancellation occurs within 1 week of the start of their booked camp session, no refund will be offered. We are unable to book individual days or refund fees for days missed.




Can my child just come for a few days?


We would love to accommodate everyone’s schedule, but we firmly believe that your child will get the most out of the Farm Camp programming if they are able to attend for the full camp session. Each day builds upon the learning of previous days, and lasting friendships are also in the making! Our session fees are for week long camp attendance and Everdale is unable to offer day to day fees.





Testimonials

“Farm Camp is so much more than a camp… it is a way to create a direct connection to nature. I knew from the first day that the week was going to be magnificent… my son felt very comfortable immediately, and was so excited. It is so obvious how much care and thought has gone into developing Farm Camp.”

“This is what a good camp should be like!”

“A rare and incredible experience for young people!”

“This is our 5th year- our kids can’t wait to come back each year!”

“My daughter came home with stories of making paper, learning in the fields, making raspberry jam, and collecting eggs!”

 

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