Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Join us for an outdoor summer of hands-on fun and wonder on our real, working farm! Ages pre-k through teen are invited to stretch their legs and stretch their minds, exploring everyday farm and forest life, including….

  • Feeding scraps to pigs and greens to rabbits, and collecting chicken eggs
  • Harvesting tomatoes and green beans, and pulling weeds
  • Exploring our stream and pond, and discovering our forest’s critters

There’s something for all ages. Farm or forest programs for younger children offer animal chores, veggie cooking, simple science lessons, free play, nature crafts, read alouds, and forest exploration. Older youth take on increasing livestock and agricultural challenges, with a focus on team building, leadership, and problem-solving.

Children not only discover where food comes from, but are both learners and changemakers in support of a sustainable and healthy planet.

Important Notes! 

Member Savings:

Current NCOF Members at the Crofter level ($125) and above automatically save 20% on summer programs and get access to early registration. Join & Save.

Registration Open Dates TBD for 2023

Summer Program Options

Ages 3-7 / 8:30 am – 9:00 am OR 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
$38/ Members 20% off

Early Drop Off or Extended Day options offer families with multiple children one-stop pick up/drop off when program times vary. Activities may include crafts, books, and light farm projects. Register

Outdoor Explore & Play/ Ages: 1.5-3 with caregiver
9:30 am-10:30 am
$55/ Members 20% off

Together we’ll visit the animals, sing songs, and hear a story! This is a wonderful introduction to NCOF programs for our youngest farmers and their families. Meets on Fridays. Choose June and/or July session. Register.

Summer Sprouts / Ages 3-5
9:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Afternoon sessions in June only)
$228/ Members 20% off

We welcome our littlest friends to farm life! Children engage in child-led free play and farm exploration, where they greet farm animals, explore the forest, and dig hands in the soil. The Sprouts area provides space to find toads, make mud, swing, and climb. Crafts, books, and stream exploration provide opportunities for both quiet and energetic bodies. Register


Forest Explorers / Ages 3-5
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$228/ Members 20% off

Free range children discover the Forest Gnome woods as a place of make-believe, wonder, and self-directed play. What’s behind that tree…under that rock…croaking in the pond? These questions, when infused with a sense of adventure, make each day a truly epic day as children build forts, bake mud pies, and launch a search for frogs and toads. (Hikes may include visits to farm animals!) Register

Budding Farmers / Ages 4-5
9:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$228/ Members 20% off

“Buds” use all five senses to discover the farm! Maybe they’ll taste kohlrabi for the first time, listen like bunnies in a rabbit circle, and feel a sheep’s wooly coat. “Buds” are the youngest farmers to take on a daily animal and farm chore. Activities like clay crafts, water strider sightings in the stream, and compost critter hunts round out the day.  Register


Woodland Wanderers / Ages 4-7
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$228/ Members 20% off

Calling all wanderers, whittlers, and builders! In our Forest Gnome woods, maybe we’ll hike, explore our stream and pond, and try out a few basic primitive skills. Ample time is allowed for child-led play where active bodies are allowed to climb, balance, swing, and skip. Busy imaginations soar with sand and water play, tools for building, crafts, forts, and more. (Hikes may include visits to farm animals!)  Register


Young Farmers / Ages 6-7
9:00 am – 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$228/ Members 20% off

A Young Farmer’s day is filled with discovery and wonder! They’ll gain confidence wrangling the goats, collecting eggs, and watering the pigs. Planting, weeding, and harvesting our children’s garden teaches them where food comes from, followed by tasty nibbles of our veggies throughout the summer. There’s plenty of time for damselfly searches near our stream, nature-inspired crafts, and searching for bugs.  Register

Growing Farmers / Ages 8-9
8:30 am – 12:00 pm OR 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
$266/ Members 20% off

Through work and play, Growing Farmers discover what they can do! Whether it’s making mint tea after weeding a fence line, singing a song while stacking some wood, or doing a daily animal chore like feeding the pigs, these emerging farmers get to learn the daily workings of the farm. Other activities might include plant dissections, crafts, ponding, or compost pile explorations.  Register


Junior Working Farmers / Ages 10-11
8:30 am – 12:00 pm (M-F)
am session $315/ Members 20% off

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (M-Th)
pm session $252/ Members 20% off

The Junior Working Farmer (JWF) program is for kids eager to have fun while doing good work. This can-do team navigates all aspects of farm life. One day they’re carpenters, fixing a sticky gate. The next day they’re farmers, harvesting beans. And every day, JWFs feed, water, and wake up/put to bed the farm animals. The farm provides JWFs endless opportunities for team work, fun, and problem-solving!  Register

Working Farmers / Ages 12-15
8:30 am – 12:00 pm (M-F)
am session $315/ Members 20% off

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm (M-Th)
pm session $252/ Members 20% off

Working Farmers (WF) “learn by doing” the agricultural and livestock operations of our farm. WFs power every step of the summer growing process, from seeding and weeding, to cultivating and harvesting. They do daily animal chores, with one day a week devoted to intensive livestock care under the guidance of our farm educator. This formidable team develops the skills and confidence to run the farm and have a blast while doing it!  Register


Leaders in Training (LIT) / Ages 14-16
8:30 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Volunteer position. Click here for more information.


Teen Work Crew / Ages 15-18
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Paid position. Click here for more information.

Summer 2022
Drop Off/Pick Up Spots

Meeting Spots


Programs Ages Times Days Meeting Spots
Forest Explorers 3-5 9-12 M-Th Woods Path
Summer Sprouts 3-5 9-12 M-Th Sprouts Gate
Budding Farmers 4-5 9-12


M-Th Gazebo
Woodland Wanderers 4-7 1-4 M-Th Woods Path
Young Farmers 6-7 9-12


M-Th Apple Tree
Growing Farmers 8-9 8:30-12


M-Th Big Tent
Jr. Working Farmers 10-11 8:30-12




Big Tent
Working Farmers 12-15 8:30-12




Sugar Shack
Early Drop Off/Extended Day 3-7 8:30-9




Program Information


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“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 … Everyday he was full of enthusiastic stories about what he’d found in the woods and the animals he’d cared for! He talked more about this than he has about any school, camp, or class he has ever done.” A.L., Parent

“My son is dyslexic. When I asked him what his favorite activity has been this summer, he said working at the Farm–even over going to fancy ropes course. He loves doing physical work. It calms him down and makes him feel good about himself. I can see the difference in him after he’s been working at the Farm. He feels better. He loves contributing to NCOF. I love how NCOF is so positive about him and what he can do.”–R. Parent

“My child asked to buy some Swiss Chard.  I never would have imagined those words coming out of his child’s mouth before coming to the farm!”–T., Parent

“ We cannot thank all of you enough for being so kind, welcoming and accepting of our family, especially O.! He has come such a long way, from being terrified of animals to wanting his own chickens! I never grew up around animals and in fact I am terrified of them—never was “outdoorsy” or comfortable getting ‘down and dirty.’ I have learnt so much in the past year, and am so glad to be able to say O. is different.– “ S., Parent