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
2018 Summer Camp Schedule:
Week 1: June 25-29 – Designing and Planting a Garden
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 *** We will hold workshops at the Greenhouse.
Week 2: July 9-13 – Herbs and Edible Plants
Did you know vegetables are not the only plants we eat? Week 2 of Camp focuses on how we use herbs in our daily lives. Herbs not only flavor our food and drink, but they also have healing properties! This week, we utilize experiments to lean more about herbs. Campers get to take home their favorite herbs and edible plants to teach their family how beneficial they are!
Week 3: July 16-20 – 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 4: July 23-27 – 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 5: July 30- Aug 3 – 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 6-10 – 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 13-17 – 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 20-24 – 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.
Week 9: Aug 27-Aug 31 – Farm Animals
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.
Registration for summer camp 2018 coming soon!
2018: The cost of camp is TBA.
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