We are so excited to announce the return of Winterberry Farm's Summer Camp! A little bit of our history...
In 2000, Laurie and Bob MacLean had the dream of opening a summer day camp based on a back to basics way of life. They wanted their children to grow up on a small family farm and they wanted to share that experience with others.
They envisioned children playing with farm animals and learning about them, cooking in the kitchen from scratch, and building wood projects by hand. They wanted children to know how to grow & harvest an organic garden and how to create useful arts & crafts. This dream was successful and their summer camp ran for almost ten years.
Then, the MacLean's closed the summer camp to focus on other family businesses. Bob's building & remodeling business and Laurie's food truck & catering company thrived over the next decade, but they always remembered the summer camp fondly.
So, they decided to return to their roots, incorporating all that they have accomplished over the years, to make this dream come alive again. It's been a few years and a few businesses later but now in 2021 Laurie & Bob, along with their daughter Andrea, are reimagining summer camp and are eager to share their love of back to basics life with children once again.
We are now accepting summer day camp registrations for 2022! Please contact us for more information. We are happy to answer any questions you might have!
Learn from master gardener Laurie about organic gardening, companion planting, good and bad bugs, rotating and fertilizing crops and harvesting. Children will learn how to plant, care for and save seeds. They will bring home their own seedling that they planted and cared for during their session.
Children will have time to run around and have fun by playing games together. We will have water activities on hot days and inside game room time for rainy days. They will enjoy assorted lawn games, learn team building skills, take nature walks and learn tie dying.
Manuel Arts & Crafts
Children will concentrate on skills from the past in a fun and engaging way! They will make hand dipped beeswax candles, wool & fiber crafts, traditional soap, herbal remedies, and other useful crafts.
Learn how to care for and interact with all of our barnyard animals! Children will collect chicken eggs, hold and pet rabbits, play with small goats and our miniature donkey, and engage with sheep and learn about the many uses of their wool. Children will also learn how to safely interact with horses and ponies as well as how to groom & feed them and tack up. Additionally, the kids will learn the basics of how to manage, maintain and clean a barn.
In the kitchen, children will learn back to basics cooking from scratch. We will bake bread, preserve foods, churn butter, make yogurt & cheese and bake treats like pies, cookies & candy.
Learn about working with wood, hand tools, and safety in the wood shop from Bob, our licensed master builder. Bob has over 30 years experience. Choose from 6 different wood projects to make throughout the week. Children will take home a handmade project at the end of the session. (No power tools will be used.)
Food Truck Fridays!
The last day of camp is filled with awesome activities including lunch served from our very own food truck! Compliments Food Truck will prepare a meal for the campers to enjoy, so don't worry about packing a lunch on the last day of your summer camp session. (We will communicate with parents if their child has any allergies or food restrictions.)