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
2019 Summer Camp Schedule:
Week 1: June 24-28 – Designing and Planting a Garden *SOLD OUT*
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. Barnyard Petting Zoo Event TBD.
Week 2: July 8-12 – Veggies, Fruits, and Kitchen Gardens
Week 2 of Camp focuses on growing, harvesting, preparing, and eating all types of fruits and veggies! Campers see how our farm grows veggies on a large scale, how the market operates, and of course how to plant and pick their own veggies and fruits from our own Camp garden! Eating fruits and veggies can be yummy – have you ever heard of eating the rainbow? Campers also learn the importance of ‘kitchen gardens’, essentially a garden of all the veggies, herbs, and edible plants we enjoy eating. This week, each camper will plant and take home their own kitchen garden to grow and harvest with their families!
Week 3: July 15-19 – Farm to Table #1
Calling all chefs! Would you like to learn how to cook from farm to table? This week, 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 the healthy foods they grow and harvest.
Week 4: July 22-26 – Dirt Diggers and Bug Buddies
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 all about 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 29- Aug 2 – 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 5-9 – Farm Harvest
This week, Campers learn hands-on how to harvest crops! Each Camper will feel like a farmer as they get the opportunity to harvest alongside Abma’s farmers in the fields. In addition, we will learn about irrigation systems in our fields and greenhouses. Not only do campers get to play water-themed games (cue the water balloons!), they also learn the value of water and how to conserve it.
Week 7: Aug 12-16 – 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 19-23 – Farm Animals ***SOLD OUT!***
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.
Week 9: Aug 26-30 – Farm to Table #2
Farm to Table #2 is similar to Week 4 (Farm to Table #1) but with a twist! Since we have the farm right outside our door, we will utilize the crops harvested that day (different crops from the month prior). This allows us to experiment and cook with different ingredients that we didn’t use in Week 4.
2019 Summer Camp Pricing:
The cost of Summer Camp 2019 is $400 per child per week.
If you enroll multiple children/multiple weeks, discounted price is $350 per child per week.
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 email@example.com
Fax number: 201-848-9721