Young Farmers Summer Program
Youth entering grades 5-8: Discover the excitement of working on an organic vegetable farm with the Cornucopia Project! Through hands-on farm work, place-based art projects and farm fresh culinary explorations, your child can grow, eat and explore on our conveniently located educational farm. Choose from four sessions, or join us for the whole program and enjoy the farm as it grows throughout the season. The daily schedule is 9:00am to 3:00pm, Monday through Thursday. If you have questions, please contact us directly at Olivia@cornucopiaproject.org
In the morning, drop your child off at the farm entrance for a morning gathering circle. They will begin their day fully immersed in the sensory experience of the Educational farm, shadowing high school farmers to learn about the production of organically grown crops. Students will participate in the essential tasks of the production farm such as seeding, transplanting, pruning, harvesting, amending soils, harvesting and watering. Throughout the day, students are face to face with native pollinating insects and the fresh botanical aroma of the surrounding living ecosystem.
As lunch time approaches, students will wander through the high tunnels selecting only the ripest fruits from their vines in preparation of a communal luncheon. Students are encouraged to prepare a snack using farm produce accompanied by ingredients from local food producers and recipes from local chefs. Using our outdoor kitchen on the farm, we will cook up delicious food. Each day our lunch will be picnic style on the farm overlooking the pollinator habitat. Students will be required to bring lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and on Thursdays, we will be making a farm to table meal.
Following their farm to table lunch, students will take a stroll down Vose Farm road to our headquarters where they will cool off and focus on exciting projects. Students will be guided to make inspiring items which they will be able to bring home and share with families. Projects include, botanical soap, garden chia pets, natural plant tie dye clothing, plantable native seed paper, and pressed flower lantern lights.
Please pack plenty of water, appropriate clothing and footwear for farm activities.
Allergy information: Bees and other stinging insects are present on the farm.
Cornucopia Project is hosting a Young Farmer Program from June to August. At Cornucopia Project Educational Farm, the garden is our classroom and our days will be spent outside exploring the landscape, cooking and creating in nature. Guided by our Education Specialist, Farm Manager and High School Student Farmers, your middle schooler(s) will explore the ins and outs of working on an organic vegetable farm. Each week, students will learn new skills such as seedling propagation, insect ID, and how to prepare and save a harvest. Through art, culinary and hands on farm work, your child will be inspired for a lifetime of healthy eating!
Weather Considerations. Our farm is exposed to the elements. Children must come prepared with appropriate clothing, sunblock, a hat, food and drinks. If unexpected severe weather occurs, we will utilize our office conference space for farm-related projects. If you need help with providing these please let us know.
Scholarships are available. If a scholarship will make this summer program accessible for your child please select a scholarship and checkout, or email us at Admin@cornucopiaproject.org