A 700-acre Demeter certified 650A Biodynamic farm in central Columbia County, NY

Field Camp (12-16)

During our residential camp for ages 12 to 15, the adolescents experience the farm from the viewpoint of a junior apprentice. They work along side our professional staff and participate in the daily rhythms of the farm. Campers are challenged and provided the opportunity to get unplugged from a high-tech world and reconnect to nature.

13-Day Session for Ages 12 & 13

An opportunity to learn about the work involved in the farm-to-store system. This session is for campers who are ready to take on the challenge of working for part of the day alongside farmers and other professionals who grow, process and cook healthy food. Traditional camp activities like swimming, games, nature exploration, craft, music, and day trips add to the experience. Campers are encouraged to develop responsibility for self and others through productive work while living together as a community. Campers are expected to be ready to live in simple, outdoor living conditions and exhibit willingness and interest in helping the farmers.

13-, 14-, and 28-Day Sessions for Ages 13 to 16

Challenges campers to be “junior apprentices”. Professional staff in the retail store, bakery, dairy plant, camp kitchen, and farm will supervise campers for part of the day. This session includes an extended overnight off campus camping trip and a visit to local cultural events. Traditional camp activities include swimming, crafts, music, hikes, and more. Campers and counselors develop a tight-knit community where all learn to meet the challenges and reap the rewards of living and working together. Some goals for the campers include developing responsibility for self and others, acquiring skills to live in a community setting, understanding the life process that sustains us, and learning to commit to complete a job to its fullest.

Due to the challenging nature of these programs, only campers who are deemed mature, healthy, and interested enough will be accepted. All applications must include a Field Camp Questionnaire (PDF, 70 kb) completed by the camper. Each session is limited to 15 campers.

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