Public & Summer Programs

Programs Overview

Public Programs run year round.
Farm educators promote unstructured free-play, engage their students in agriculture/environmental activities and games, as well as teach them how to be a farmer by participating in farm operations. We find that farm education teaches kids, and adults alike, the importance of social and physical competence with team work/collaboration, exploration, problem solving, and real farm work that connects people to their food!

Current NCOF Members at the Crofter level ($125) and above automatically save 20% on public program fees at checkout. Membership lasts a full year. All public program and membership registrations take place online by setting up a free account in our online registration system.

Seasonal Programming

  • Enrollment on our registration site opened November 1st, 2020.
  • To see program times, please visit our registration site.
  • Note: If you’d like to sign your child up for back to back programming, we will have educators bring and drop them off to each program so parents do not need to come back in between. We will only accommodate this need when the program times are within 5 min of each other.
  • Note: Afterschool programs that require pick up from the memorial school will need to email pub[email protected] with the pick up schedule. $20 for each pick up, we will arrange an invoice before programs start.

Afterschool Farmers (grades K-4) Mondays, Tuesdays, & Thursdays
This program will involve students in our everyday Farm operations and chores. The afterschool farmers have the advantage to participate in farm operations and learning activities when time allows. Drop off program.

Afterschool in the Woods (grades k-4) Wednesdays
Let’s reclaim our woods for afternoon play and exploration. There will be time for hikes and activities. Drop off program.

Early Morning Drop Off, Mondays-Thursdays
Join us at the Farm for our new Early Morning Drop Off Program! We will do various fun, outdoor Farm activities, such as feeding an animal or taking a hike into the forest before the start of the school day. Drop off is at 7:30 am – we will walk Memorial students over to school at 8:30 am.

Farming for Homeschoolers (ages 5-10) Tuesdays & Thursdays
Throughout the school year we will offer a Tuesday and Thursday morning for elementary aged homeschoolers at the Farm. Each morning the children will be involved in our everyday Farm operations, from animal chores to harvesting, and will indulge in farm learning activities, such as crafts and building. Over the course of the year children will get a deep insight into all aspects on a Farm. Drop off program.

Farming for Homeschoolers (ages 11-14) Monday & Wednesdays
This opportunity for middle-school-aged youth is all about working together to solve problems creatively and to contribute meaningfully to the Farm’s mission. These intrepid students participate in every aspect of the farming seasons, from harvesting in the fall, to sugaring in the winter, to planting in the spring. Each group will have their own project they come up , from market stand products, to new benches for the farm, etc. Join us in growing people while growing food! Drop off program.

Youth Work Experience (grades 5-8) Mondays – Thursdays
We are inviting middle-school students to join Farm staff after school to take care of the animals and help with maintenance. During the winter months these youths will get an up close and personal experience with our maple sugaring operations. Drop off program.

Woodland Adventures (Ages 3-5) Tuesdays & Thursdays (K-2nd)
Spend some time in the forest, where free play is the order of the day, and where exploration and imagination guide the activities! This is a drop off program with general farm/animal interactions.

Fridays on the Farm (Ages 3-5) Fridays
Wake the animals up, help the Farmers give water and food to the animals, and gather eggs. Then spend some time in the forest, where free play is encouraged! Drop off program.

Chore Time (Ages 4-6) Mondays and Wednesdays
Come down to the Farm and wake up the animals. Help the farmers feed and give water and gather the eggs. Drop off program.

Farm Crafts (Ages 3-5) Mondays and Wednesdays
We are looking for little hands to help us make fun, farm crafts in the morning. We will harvest materials and learn new creative ways to craft! Drop off program.

Hop With The Bunnies (Ages 3-5) Mondays & Wednesdays
Spend some time each week learning about these warm, fuzzy little creatures, as well as the other animals on the farm. Learn how they live in the wild and how we care for them at home and on the farm! Drop off program.

Farm Learning Workshop (Ages 6+) Mondays and Wednesdays
Join us for workshops on weekly topics related to the farm. In these workshops, participants can learn about taking care of livestock, composting, gardening, scout skills, wood working, and best farming practices! These workshops are ideal for hands on experience. Drop off program.

Outdoor Explore & Play (Ages 1.5-3, w/ caregiver) Mondays & Wednesdays
(Masks are not required for kids in this program 2 years or younger.) Come down to the Farm and wake up the animals, sing songs, hear a story! NCOF is a great space for play time.

Testimonials

“I have been meaning to write for months, really ever since my 4 year old son, A., finished up 5 weeks of the Budding Farmer program (or farm camp, as we fondly called it) … Everyday he was full of enthusiastic stories,what he’d found in the woods, the animals he’d cared for, the bee stings he’d bravely endured! He talked more about farm camp (and with more enthusiasm) than he has about any school, camp, or class he has ever done. Part of that is because of him and what he loves/feels connected to. But most of that is because of you and the wonderful programs you run. Please know how grateful A. and our whole family is for the important work that you do on the farm.” A.L., Parent

“My son participated in the April Vacation program and absolutely LOVED it.  He is five and I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but he came home each day saying, “Camp at the Farm was AWESOME.” with two thumbs up and wants to return every afternoon after his sister naps. ” S.L., Parent

“My son Greg is LOVING the Wednesday in the Woods program. He comes home so excited about new things he’s learned and explored. I can’t tell you how much we rave about the program!!” M.P., Parent

At Home Activities

Bring the farm to you with our at home activities for kids of all ages!

Questions?

If you have questions regarding programs, enrollment, registration, or policies email [email protected]

 

  • Refunds for Winter 2020-2021 will be issued until November 30th. No other refunds unless NCOF cancels programs.


Program Policies

Learn about our days off/Holiday schedule, behavior and weather policies, and Farm FAQs.