DAY CAMP

We begin the day playing games while waiting for everyone to arrive and then split into two groups of older and younger kids. The groups head out to do the daily farm task of feeding, watering and checking on the animals. We then have a new subject that is the focus of each day. We talk for those kids who are auditory learners, show for those that are visual, and perform a related activity for the many who learn best through hands on exploration. Lunches involve both groups joining together again.

DAY CAMP SCHEDULE

Each morning begins with  farm chores - caring for our organic chickens, sheep and cow. A different farm activity each day highlights an aspect of organic farming and of course having fun. Please note that Friday is the Farm-to-Table lunch.

MONDAY

9:00-9:30 am  Welcome & Orientation

9:30-12:00 pm  Meet the Sheep, Wool Processing, Tree Cookies

12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch (over 70% organic)

1:00-2:00 pm  Composting

2:00-3:00 pm  Team Building Games

3:00-3:15 pm  Wrap Up & Day Camp Ends

 

TUESDAY

9:00-9:15 am  Welcome

9:15-10:00 am  Farm Chores

10:00-12:00 pm  Chicken Encounter, Egg Collecting, Baby Chicks

12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch (over 70% organic)

1:00-2:00 pm  Ice Cream and Butter Making

2:00-3:00 pm  Team Building Games

3:00-3:15 pm  Wrap Up & Day Camp Ends

 

WEDNESDAY

9:00-9:15 am  Welcome

9:15-10:00 am  Farm Chores

10:00-12:00 pm  Lavender Distillation & Bundling, Packaging Culinary Lavender, Lip Balm Making & Group Photo

12:00-1:00 pm Afternoon Tea Lunch (over 70% organic)

1:00-2:30 pm  Beekeeping & Lavender Crowns

2:30-3:00 pm  Team Building (water based)

3:00-3:15 pm  Wrap Up & Day Camp Ends

 

THURSDAY

9:00-9:15 am  Welcome

9:15-10:00 am  Farm Chores

10:00-11:00 am  Gardening & Harvesting

11:00-12:00 pm  Baking: Sourdough Bread with Elizabeth Voth

12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch

1:00-2:00 pm  Farm Scavenger Hunt

2:00-3:00 pm  Archery & Team Building Games

3:00-3:15 pm  Wrap Up & Day Camp Ends

 

FRIDAY

9:00-9:15 am Welcome

9:15-12:00 am Farm-to-Table Cooking Class

*11:00-12:00 pm  Farm Tour, Sheep Feeding Experience for Parents

12:00-2:00 pm Outdoor Farm-to-Table Lunch (in our historic olive groves with parents), Photo Booth & Games

2:00 pm Farewell (Program Ends)

THE FARM EXPERIENCE

Each morning begins with hands-on animal care and a fun activity introducing the day's curriculum. Kids are encouraged to ask questions, get involved, touch, and explore the world around them. Farm camp is geared towards introducing new ideas and concepts to kids and allowing them to expand on their knowledge through creative games, activities and learning opportunities.

MEET OUR FARMERS

Our instructors are carefully selected, all having the same underlying hopes for what the kids take away from their camp experience. We strive to teach them about personal health, organics, environmental care, gardening and fair animal treatment, on their level of understanding. We ask questions, and encourage the kids to ask us even more in return.

Jan Kielmann

Jan Kielmann is the farm coordinator of 123 Farm, with over 10 years in gardening. He oversees our extensive organic lavender fields as well as our organically-raised livestock. While originally interested in architecture and design, Kielmann has grown to appreciate the natural design and properties of the plants around us. Being the father of two young daughters, he hopes they will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of nature as he did. Kielmann holds a Master's degree in Landscape Planning from Technical University in Berlin, Germany.

Tina Kummerle

Tina Kummerle is president of Highland Springs Resort, a 2400 acre property comprised of a 56-room hotel, conference center, the award winning Grand Oak Steakhouse & Bar, and a 20-acre lavender farm. Under her leadership, the resort has become one of the largest organic lavender farms in all of California and hosts an annual lavender festival that draws 10,000 visitors. Kummerle was part of beginning educational programs such as the summer Farm Camp for kids that incorporates farming, environmental awareness and an active lifestyle. Her hope is that all children, including her own, will be inspired to appreciate and observe the 'real world' around them. Kummerle holds a BS from Colorado College in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology.

OVERNIGHT CAMP

For this upcoming summer, we will be offering Day Camp ONLY (no overnight camp).

123 Farm Summer Camp at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn. Copyright 2016.      10600 Highland Springs Avenue, Cherry Valley, CA 92223      Tel. 951-845-1151