FARM SCHOOL: A Program for Homeschool Families

When: Tuesday Afternoons in May 2019

Register: May 7 , May 14May 21 May 28 or  All Four Tuesdays (25% off!)

Location: 392 Dennytown Road ||| Putnam Valley, NY 10579

Time: Noon – 3:30pm

More details about Tuesdays in September 2019 coming soon!

33159141_1465059090266901_3001110695887503360_oAbout Farm School

Located at Eden Village Camp, just an hour north of New York City, Farm School empowers children to cultivate genuine lifelong connections to their food and to nature through innovative gardening, cooking, art, music, and wilderness experiences, all incorporating the natural rhythms of the Jewish calendar and holiday cycles. Farm School offers home-schooled children and families an amazing opportunity to explore our organic farm & orchard with our amazing educators.

We learn about soil, seeds, compost, insects, and herbs in our fields. We learn about trees and fruits in our orchard. We connect farm to table through cooking and baking lessons. Our goats, bees, and chickens provide for our needs while teaching us about animal care and ethics. In the woods, we practice our navigation and safety skills, while learning to build primitive shelters, track animals, identify wild edibles, and make fire through friction. Art projects include printmaking, plant sketching, and making costumes , and so much more.

Children 8 and older will have the opportunity to partake in an apprenticeship program where they will learn Farm to Table skills from seeding on our farm to baking and cooking in our new Culinary Arts Teaching Kitchen. They will also learn and engage in Jewish Farming concepts while helping build and glean from our Peah Food Pantry Garden.

Children 7 and younger will engage in our farm to table curriculum by learning the fundamentals of seeds and animal care. They will learn concepts of pollination, seed dispersal, and seed saving while also learning about animals through interacting with our chickens, goats and bees. Children will learn how to prepare salads and other basic kitchen projects utilizing farm produce that they harvest. All of this will be framed and taught through a Jewish lens by saying blessings, singing songs and learning about related Jewish concepts.

Come join us for hands-on farm to table, gardening, and wilderness learning in a supportive Jewish environment. For more information and questions contact our Farm Director at farm@edenvillagecamp.org.

Train Pick-up Available!

There is a $10 train pick-up fee per family traveling by the Metro North Railroad. Take the Hudson Line and get off at the Cold Spring Station. The train from Grand Central Station leaves at 9:40am. Pick-up time will be at 11:05am. You must register for the train beforehand, as we have a limited number of spots available. If you fail to register beforehand or have any questions please email farm@edenvillagecamp.org

Discount Code

If you are registering more than one child 4 years or older, please enter ‘CHILDREN’ in the promotional code box to receive a 5% discount.

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Helpful Tips:

If your children do not wish to participate in the class happenings they are free to roam the farm field areas with parental supervision. We also provide a cozy corner in the dinning hall for adult lounging, breast feeding, and child napping. Water will be available.

Lunch is bring your own picnic, but we will provide snacks occasionally when harvests allows. Additionally, seasonal produce and eggs are available for purchase upon request.

Packing List:

  • Full Water Bottle
  • Hat
  • Long pants
  • Closed toe and closed heel shoes
  • Lunch
  • Parent/Guardian required if 3 years or younger

Deer Ticks

Ticks are a very real threat in our area and so we have changed our policy and won’t be entering into the forest. We will instead, run our forest programming in more wooded parts of camp that have been sprayed for ticks and while we wont be in the forest, where they are abundant, the presence of ticks is still possible. As long as you dress your little loved ones appropriately, with pants tucked into socks, and do thorough tick checks you will be fine. If there are any concerns around ticks we encourage you to get in touch!

Check out a Sample Day on the Farm!

Farm School Sample Schedule

Join the Eden Village Farm School Facebook Group to welcome new members, stay in touch, coordinate carpools, post kid-approved recipes and share photos! Also Like Eden Village Camp on Facebook to receive regular updates.

For more information about Eden Village Farm School contact farm@edenvillagecamp.org.

This program is made possible through the generous  support of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation42369908_1630587943714014_6506878709025210368_o