registration for 2017 is now open
Each weekly session is limited to 12 campers so register early!
in 2017 toddy pond farm will offer 5 weeks of farm camp
week 1 : June 26 - june 30 (Ages 4 & 5 only)
week 2 : July 10 - July 14 (Ages 6 to 11) - FULL
WEEK 3 : JULY 17 - JULY 21 (AGES 6 TO 11)
WEEK 4 : august 7 - august 11 (AGES 6 TO 11)
WEEK 5 : august 14 - august 18 (AGES 6 TO 11) - FULL
Week 1 is half days for the younger campers - 9 am to 12 pm // Weeks 2 through 5 are full day - 9 am to 3 pm
ABOUT THE CAMP
Toddy Pond Farm camp offers children and young adults ages 4-11 the opportunity to experience hands on farming on a working, grass fed, organic dairy farm. Through work with the animals, gardening, and nature exploration our time together will emphasize the connection between healthy pastures, healthy animals, healthy food, and a healthy planet.
Participants will start the day in morning circle gathering together to make a plan for the day. From there we’ll head out for our morning “farm walk” a daily check-in with each of the animals to make sure everyone looks safe and has all their needs met. With Guides, Jasmine and Rowan, and Farmers Heide and Greg, we’ll visit each of the animals, taking time to observe, interact, and ask questions. We’ll discuss the importance of each farm breed to the sustainability of the farm and the larger eco-system. Following the campers leads and interest there should be plenty of time for visiting with the various creatures at the farm, including American Guinea Hogs, Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, Jersey cows and calves, sheep, hens, chicks, rabbits, and dogs.
Following the farm walk we’ll break for snack, before heading out for our field/forest exploration.
Toddy Pond Farm offers a rich variety of natural areas for campers to explore. We’ll rotate daily between forest exploration on the side of Houstus Hill (the tiny mountain where TPF makes its home), stream and pond exploration at the fishing hole and on the banks of Toddy Pond, and working in the the vegetable garden. This time will include observation, stories, games and craft projects focused on nature connection.
At noon we’ll return to the shade of the Long Barn where campers and guides will enjoy lunch together. Afternoons will be a relaxed mix of large group games, simple art, reading, and forest play with Rowan and other guides.
We’ll end each week by inviting parents to join us on our afternoon farm walk to meet the animals, experience the farm, and then retire to the shade for a picnic from the garden and homemade ice cream!
The farm and facilitators
Toddy Pond Farm is a diversified family farm in Monroe, Maine. The farm's 500+ acres of fields, woods, and waterfront rest at the end of a quiet dirt road overlooking Toddy Pond. The farm is run by Heide and Greg Purinton-Brown and their sons, Guthrie and Oliver.
Jasmine Fowler (Heide's sister) co-directs and runs Toddy Pond Farm Camp. Jasmine holds a BA in Early Childhood Education from UNH and is mom to three homeschooled children. Jasmine and her kids have been helping on the farm for years. Her enthusiasm for experiential education coupled with a passion for sustainable food systems sets the stage for a rich, and rewarding experience for each child.
- There is a 1:6 staff to camper ratio
- Week 1 - 1/2 Day (Ages 4 & 5 only) - $120/week
- Weeks 2 through 5 - Full Day - $240/week
- Sibling discount available - see details on registration form
- Before and after care available for $8/hr - see details on registration form
- Although the farm is located on Toddy Pond, there are no swimming or boating activities for campers due to insurance restrictions
- All Parent(s) / Guardian(s) will be required to review and sign a Hold Harmless Agreement for each camper on their first day
- Enrollment is limited, so please register early
- Scholarships available based on financial need - please email us for more information