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Farmstand Gossip: Summer Fun and Farm Updates

Greetings Farm Family. Welcome to Summer!

Summer camp is now in full swing! We are in week 3 now (out of 10 weeks), and this camp week is short by one day because we are closed on July 4 to honor American Independence Day.

Our camps include activities in the garden, hikes in the woods, creative expression arts, farm to table, fort building, zipline riding, swimming and playing in the pond, small animals (chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, goat, guinea pigs, snake etc.) and horses! Every camper gets horse-time and everyone has the opportunity to ride! This year we are also providing shares of produce from our garden to each of our camper's families! We would like our campers to enjoy "the fruits of their labor". Kids are more likely to try new foods or give known foods another chance once they have been involved in the production or harvest of those foods. Building a diverse palate as a child helps to ensure good nutrition and good health as they mature. We also teach them to cook with farm-fresh produce to provide them with the skills needed to maintain healthy eating habits throughout their lives.

We still have room in our camps most weeks, we would love to see you! Don't forget, we now have Pony Camp, a beginner's horse immersion for campers age 7 and up.  

Early morning and afternoon extended care is available from 7:30-8:30 am and 3:30-6:00 pm. During extended care, there will be different options for the campers, staffed by our mentors. Some like to play at Forts and Zips, some in the yard (or in the "trush" our climbing tree-bush), some love the garden, or helping with the small animals in the barn. Each camper may choose which station they would like to be in, and may later change to a different area if they choose. Another option is to be in an Enrichment Class after camp hours. These include Woodshop, Archery, Farm to Table, Fishing and Horsemanship/riding. These Enrichment Classes are not just for campers! Anyone may sign up for these classes (they are geared towards children and young teens).

Come visit and check out our garden!

What is ready for harvest right now?

  • blueberries

  • blackberries

  • mulberries (coming to the end of their season)

  • figs

  • cherry tomatoes (we love our Sungold and Sun Sugar tomatoes -- they are so sweet!)

  • green beans

  • peppers

  • cucumbers

  • swiss chard

  • sweet potato leaf (cook it like spinach)

  • eggplant (just starting)

  • herbs: mint, catnip, rosemary, shiso (a Japanese herb in the mint family), basil, oregano, garlic, green onions, coriander (the seeds of cilantro),

Come out to pick your own produce, or have us harvest it for you! If you are a parent of a camper, you will receive a share of produce each week that your camper attends. You may buy additional produce at any time!

Keep the Farm Fun going during the school year! Afterschool registration is up and running now -- reserve your spot for 2024-2025.

We follow the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools calendar and we pick up from schools in the Chape Hill-Carrboro system. (We have also picked up from schools which are not in the CHCCS system, so please contact us if this is something you would like to discuss) Our afterschool program allows kids to relax and learn in a more natural environment after spending the day inside a classroom. We believe that nature is a powerful teacher, and one that kids don't mind listening to! Kids in afterschool can spend time playing together in the yard, climbing our "trush" or doing quiet activities like crafts or creating with the natural materials around them. They may also play in the woods where they can build forts and ride the ziplines or just explore together. In the wood barn, they take care of the animals and play with them. Some prefer to spend time in the garden tending it or harvesting, or helping in the horse barn taking care of horses.

Please contact us at or 919-968-8581 if you are interested in touring the farm and learning more about our afterschool program! We would love to show you around and discuss the program in more detail.

There are also enrichment classes that are available during the afterschool hours including horsemanship and woodshop classes. Other classes may also be available. If you have a particular interest or request for a farm-related class, please contact us!

Sad News! The Passing of Sky.

Sky was born here at the farm on August 28, 2019. Her mother was Rose, and her father Ranger. She was half Quarter Horse and half Morgan, and she had the boldness and confidence of both of her parents. There was very little that could scare her, and she loved people! She was sweet and sometimes silly, and always loveable! She was well on her way to being a fantastic lesson horse even though she was only 4 years old. Sky's illness came on suddenly, without warning, and progressed rapidly. Sky crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Thursday June 27, 2024. We are deeply saddened by her departure and will keep her memory alive in our hearts.

Please join us for a memorial gathering and Celebration of Life for Sky on Sunday, July 7, 3:30-5:00 pm. Bring your memories and stories! Artwork, music, letters, or any other way that you wish to remember her by are all welcome.

Hope to see you soon!


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