2018 Homesteading Camps
Our Homesteading Camp offers unique programming that emphasizes self reliance and gives kids an opportunity to get back to basics and learn some simple life skills. Kids will get active instruction about a wide range of topics and will have the opportunity to apply those skills in practical methods. Topics covered include organic farming and food preservation, basic nutrition and cooking skills, outdoor survival skills, an introduction to herbal medicine, and general animal husbandry.
Our camp focuses on environmental conservation, sustainable, healthy living choices, and supporting the local community. It teaches the importance of hard work and personal grit, and deepens the appreciation for farming and self-sufficiency. Homestead Camp will build campers’ confidence, character, and self-esteem, while encouraging them to have a strong work ethic, learn new skills and foster a healthy lifestyle. All this while making new friends and having a lot of fun!
This year we are offering two different age ranges for our camps.
Youth Homesteading Camp is ages 7 – 12
Teen Homesteading Camp is ages 13 – 17
Youth Homesteading Camp – Ages 7 -12
Our traditional youth camp balances the learning of new skills with being active and enjoying the outdoors. Each day is organized to offer a range of activities designed to keep the kids interested, while expanding their knowledge about the environment and self-sufficiency.
Ages: 7-12 Each session has a maximum of 16 kids.
Time: 9am to 3pm
Days: 4 days per week: Monday through THURSDAY
Cost: $375 per week – price includes all supplies for crafts and lessons.
Session 1 – June 11 – 14
Session 2 – June 18 – 22
Session 3 – June 25 – 29
Session 4 – July 9 – 12
New This Year – Teen Homesteading Camp – ages 13 – 17
Is your teen interested in learning how to grow their own food, make medicine, or raise animals? Maybe they’d like to learn how to make sourdough, or sew and dye their own clothes. What about learning survival skills like building fire, shelter, and collecting wild foods? If any of this sounds like your teen, then this camp would be a great fit!
Our new teen homesteading camp offers a week of action-packed interactive, fun, and empowering experiences for teens who want to learn about self-sufficiency and sustainable living. During camp we will go into depth about growing and storing food, animal husbandry, holistic nutrition, herbal medicine, survival skills, our local ecology, and more. Look forward to making morning tea, practicing yoga, tending to the animals, and walking the trails every day. We will spend the week participating in lots of hands-on activities that promote creativity and problem solving, while also building relationships with each other and the land itself.
Due to the wide variety of topics covered, teens will be able to choose what topics they would like to explore more in-depth together.
Ages: 13-16 Each session has a maximum of 12 teens.
Time: 9am to 3pm
Days: 5 days per week: Monday through Friday
Cost: $525 per week – price includes all supplies for crafts and lessons.
Session 1 – July 16 – 20
A General Outline of our Activities
Gardening and Farming – Campers will learn the basics about planting, tending, watering, harvesting and storing foods.
We emphasize natural farming methods and will include discussion about maximizing nutrient density of foods as well as promoting the health of local ecosystems.
Botany and Plant Medicine – Discussions will include basic plant anatomy and identifying useful plants for food and medicine. Campers will learn about collecting, harvesting, and making plant medicine from both wild and cultivated plants.
Connecting with Nature – Campers will explore the natural environment, learn about how to incorporate appreciation of the seasonal shifts and develop awareness about the cycles of the year. Through daily activities campers will deepen their relationship to nature by journaling, using their senses, and taking time to find a personal sit spot for short periods of self-reflection.
Basic Nutrition and Easy Cooking – Campers will be introduced to basic nutrition and will learn how to prepare healthy meals. We will practice cooking together using traditional methods with fresh produce from the farm, such as pastured eggs and honey.
Easy Sewing & Homesteading Skills – Campers will learn some basic sewing techniques and natural dyeing methods. We’ll also learn how to make items such as non-toxic soap, body scrubs, and house cleaners.
Outdoor Survival Skills – Campers will learn about basic first aid, being safe outdoors, building fire and shelter, drinking water safety, and cooking on a campfire. We’lll also try our hand at navigating using a compass, wildlife tracking, and signaling for help.
Animal Care and Local Biodiversity – Discussion will include care and maintenance of our farm animals, including horses, goats, chickens, and ducks. There will be discussion and observation of the honeybee hives as well as other local pollinators. We’ll also be learning about the importance of our local ecosystems and the wildlife they inhabit . Please note: there is NO horseback riding offered during this camp.
What kind of kids/ teens are good candidates for the Three Leaf Farm Homesteading Camp?
Active, healthy kids who want to learn new skills.
Kids who like animals and enjoy being outside in nature.
Kids who are willing to work hard and get dirty.
Kids who want to participate in their families and in the larger community.
Kids who are brave, inquisitive, and motivated to learn new things.
Cancellation Policy – In the event that you need to cancel, we will refund your money if we are able to fill your child’s spot. Cancellation made within two weeks of the session are non-refundable.