Farm Camp (Enrollment now open-limited spaces)


Spend the week of August 22-27, 2010, living and experiencing life on SongCroft, a three-acre family farm in Snohomish, WA.

SongCroft has a mission to empower people with skills to help them be better equipped to deal with changes in their lives and communities. If you are concerned about current changes in fuel and food prices, where food comes from and need a resource to learn how to grow it, if you want to learn to actively supplement your budget, if you want to hone your skills while reconnecting with nature and its rhythms or if you long for a strong community, enroll for Farm Camp!

Adults Enroll Through Wolf College

http://www.wolfcollege.com/adult/week11a.html#schedule

Youth Enroll Through Wolf Camp

http://www.wolfcamp.com/youthcamps/resweek11a.html

Your experience here on our farm will include instruction on dairy goats, chickens, ducks and rabbits as well as growing your produce year-round and preserving the harvest. Mushroom logs, the basics of permaculture, food forests, alternative energy and home arts are all part of the program. It’s great to read books and dream about living a more self-reliant lifestyle but it’s a rare opportunity to be welcomed on to a farm where you are able to learn and try things out for yourself!

SongCroft will be collaborating with Wolf Camp www.wolfcamp.com and Crowhill Sustainability Series http://tinyurl.com/28xewr5. Guest instructors include Kim Chisholm and Amy Kramer Hawks. Brian Richardson will be leading the alternative energy segment.

Camp Goals & Skills Specialized at SongCroft:

In the past, local families could feed themselves out of their own garden, preserve food for winter, medicate an infected animal, and tend a wood-lot. These were simple but crucial arts that kept their footprint small, and their dependence on outside forces minimal. Learning these skills will be our goal for older campers. Younger campers experience what it would be like to live on a farm in the summer, for example, running around in the woods having a good time and being guided through different pioneering activities before being called in for dinner and chores like collecting eggs and grooming goats.

Some of the topics in which SongCroft specializes include:

  • Seed Starting and Saving
  • Planting
  • Green Housing
  • Knot Tying
  • Composting
  • Permaculture
  • Soil Science and Amending Soil
  • Water Saving
  • Sheet-mulching
  • Pests
  • Small livestock rearing
  • Edible Hedges
  • Preparing for the seasons
  • Cover Crops
  • Medicinal Herb Gardens
  • Food Forest
  • Cloches and Cold-Frames
  • Year-round Gardening
  • Starting a cottage industry and more

Camp Availability:

Each age group will have a separate lead instructor and each will have their own set of activities.

Adults to 17 years old: Adults attending camp at SongCroft can come with or without children. Children will be in different groups than adults although we will all be together at meal times.

Each age group will have a separate lead instructor, and each will have their own set of activities.

Children must be registered in one of the following groups, according to their age:

Older youth may be able to join the adult group depending on their interest and ability to participate at an adult level.

Children must be registered in one of the following groups, according to their age:

Ages 13 to 16: Space is limited. Kids 13 and up may apply to join the adult group if they are able to participate as young adults.

Ages 9-12: Space is limited. Children under 10 accepted if enrolled with a parent or adult. Children 10 and above may attend without a parent or adult.

Ages 6-9, may attend if a parent or guardian is enrolled in the adult group

For details in the program for young children, please refer to the Wolf Camp website.http://www.wolfcamp.com/youthcamps/resweek11a.html

Camp Activities:

Marilene Richardson will be the lead instructor for the adult group

Kim Chisholm ( http://www.wolfcamp.com/about/staff.html ) will serve as lead instructor for youth groups.

Adult campers will learn from the skills listed above in their quest for self-sufficiency, while younger campers will experience what it’s like to live on a farm in the summer. So basically, the younger group will get up in the morning, collect eggs, help make breakfast, then spend the rest of the morning re-creating the life of a child pioneer.

Adults Enroll Through Wolf College

http://www.wolfcollege.com/adult/week11a.html#schedule

Youth Enroll Through Wolf Camp

http://www.wolfcamp.com/youthcamps/resweek11a.html

TUITION & REGISTRATION

If registered by August 1, 2010:

$725 per person if four or more family/friends attend together; (including 16 meals and lodging)

$775 per person if three family/friends attend together; (including 16 meals and lodging)

$825 per person if two family/friends attend together; (including 16 meals and lodging)

$875 for one person; (including 16 meals and lodging)

$50 additional charge per person if registered after August 1st, 2010.

Register early to secure your spot and save money.

Your tuition includes all sixteen healthy meals with vegetarian options, including dinner on the 27th, and lodging.

There is also the option of staying overnight with us on Friday after the end of the camp week, which costs $100 for minors, and $50 for adults.

Example Menu:

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, fried veggies, cheese, cereal, milk, oatmeal, nuts, raisins

Lunch: Egg salad sandwiches, chips, cookie, fruit

Dinner: BBQ Chicken, Baked Potato, Veggie, Brownie

Participant Lodging:

Campers will be expected to bring their own sleeping bags. Tents are provided and sleeping arrangements are organized by gender and age group with instructors in tents nearby. Families are welcome to organize themselves to their own needs. All instructors have gone through background checks and have been involved with SongCroft or/and Wolf Camp on a professional and personal basis.

Transportation

If you can’t meet us at the designated camp rendezvous point, there is a minimum $25 per trip airport/bus/train pickup fee (for minors, only one fee charged per family) and a $25 airport drop-off fee (for minors, only one fee per family), with extra charges if you choose an airport more than 50 miles from our camp rendezvous point, or if you arrive outside the recommended pickup/dropoff times. Please call us with any questions.

Contact us at 425-770-1700

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