Full Moon Farm Summer Camp
In 2011 Full Moon Farm offered its first summer camp. It was a blast. The summer of 2012 was even better. Now entering it's seventh season, Full Moon Farm Camp is an established, dependable, all-around good time for kids.
Full Moon Farm Camp is a time for children to explore and connect with many aspects of farm life. While farmers have always taught their children to work alongside them, farm children have also always found ways to slink off and create imaginative worlds of wonder in the corn fields, haylofts and adjoining woods. At Full Moon Farm, we aim to create that balance between work and play. Throughout the camp, children will learn valuable skills to use throughout their lifetime, while also savoring the creativity of childhood and the 'dog-days' of summer. This year, camp will only be offered for four, one-week day-camps during the summer. Enrollment is limited to 10 children, aged 5-13, each week.
What can campers look forward to?
The Children's Garden: Children in session 1 will help plan and construct the children's garden. Children in all other sessions will maintain and decorate the garden as well as harvest from it. Each day, Full Moon Farm will provide organic snacks and/or an addition to lunch. That snack/lunch may be a combination of things from the children's garden as well as our larger farm. The children will harvest, wash and prepare the snack/ lunch for the group.
Work alongside farmers: children may find themselves working alongside our skilled and learning-to-be-skilled, farm crew. Nothing helps you feel big like working alongside the big people!
We have pigs, piglets, chicks, chickens, 20 angora rabbits (and more kits this spring?) and 4 friendly barn cats that need love, care and attention. Campers will participate in all aspects of animal care.
Full Moon Farm has pastures, ponds, woods and fields ripe for exploration and adventures. We have a large open barn space in case of inclement weather.
Getting dirty! Children will get dirty shoveling, seeding, exploring, weeding, feeding animals, etc. There is no way to stay clean on the farm and we don't expect them to. They'll be ecstatic!
To see more photos and videos from our past farm camps, click here to visit Full Moon Farm's Facebook page.
Full Moon Farm Summer Camp will be four separate weeks of the summer, spread out over the growing season, so that those children who are able to attend multiple sessions will receive the added benefit of observing how life on the farm changes. We are currently not offering any camps in July.
2016 Summer Camp Dates.
- Session 1: June 19-23, 2017
- Session 2: June 26-June 30, 2017,
- Session 3: August 7-11, 2017
- Session 5: August 14 - 18, 2017
Coming from Burlington? Contact us about carpooling with others from town or consider the new commuter bus from Burlington. (Just $2 each way. We are working with our camp counselor to see if she can meet kids at the commuter bus on Cherry St and ride all the way to the farm with them!)
Camp rates: Each week of summer camp is $265 for the hours of 9am - 3pm. Please contact us if you have trouble affording this. Full Moon Farm would hate to deny any child the farmcamp experience because of financial difficulty.
Morning and afternoon care: Full Moon Farm understands that many parents have to work and that it may not be possible to pick-up and drop off children exactly at the start and end of camp. Childcare will therefore be provided on a regular, scheduled basis for those children who need it, between 8 and 9am, as well as after camp, from 3 until 5:30pm for $6/hr.
Which Camp Do We Choose?
August camps always sell out first. Families have told us this is because August is when they think the harvest is in full swing. Let me be perfectly clear: we are a production farm and are harvesting food for our 300 CSA families from the first week of June through the end of November. There is plenty to do and explore all summer long!
A farm can be a dangerous place. At Full Moon Farm we use small and large equipment. All animals can be fiesty at times. Electric fences keep our animals from wandering out and wild animals from wandering in. We have deep irrigation ponds filled with interesting critters. I am certain there's a rusty nail in our soil somewhere.... Don't worry. We have taught our daughter how to navigate the farm and we will educate all camp children how to do the same.
Farmer Rachel is no stranger to children. Before returning to farming full time with Farmer Dave in 2000, Rachel had worked back and forth between education and farming, sometimes combining the two, for 12 years. In addition to working in public and private schools, she ran after-school art programs and taught dance as a visiting instructor in public schools around Chittenden County. She also taught at the University of Rhode Islands Alton Jones campus, teaching outdoor education and cultural history and farming programs to visiting elementary school groups. Although Farmer Rachel loves farming, she has also greatly missed helping share that joy with children.
To Register your Child(ren):
Download the registration form and mail it in with your payment. To download the form, available as a Microsoft Word document and a PDF, right-click on the link below and select "Save Link As..." (Windows users) or ctrl-click and select "Download Linked File As..." (Mac users).