Summer Programs: 2017- Priority Registration opens January 15th!

Summer Programs

 

 

The Summer Programs at the Natick Farm are just as much about growing people as they are about growing food. No matter how big or how small there is room for everyone and anyone to flourish at the farm. Cultivate creativity with the Growing Farmers in the herb gardens, curiosity with the Budding Farmers as they explore the fields and pastures, and diligence with the Working Farmers carefully tending their crops. After a day filled with chickens, goats, tomatoes, earthworms, and all around agricultural adventure, expect your child to return to you a little bit wiser, a good deal dirtier, and maybe even a little more likely to eat their veggies come dinner time. We’d love for you and yours to join us this summer and see why summer isn’t summer without the Farm.

 

New in 2017!

Early dropoff is now available! If you've got kids in the 830 and 900 programs, we'll have an activity running to bridge the gap. Search for Early Dropoff in the program catolog.

 

Check out the links below to learn more about our age-specific programming.

 

Please note that all ages are reckoned at the start of the summer, June 19th.


Summer program for very young ones!
Forest Explorers 3.5 - 5

 

Our classic Summer Farm programs:

Budding Farmers (BF) 4+5
Young Farmers (YF) 6+7
Growing Farmers (GF) 8-9

Junior Working Farmers (JWF) 10-11
Working Farmers (WF) 12-14
LIT (volunteer) and TWC (paid positions) for High School Students

 

If you have further questions about our Summer Programs, please see our Summer Program Fequently Asked Questions.


Summer Schedule 2016

WEEK
FE, BF, YF, GF, WF (PM)
JWF, WF (AM)
1
June 19 - 22
June 19 - 23
2
June 26 - 29
June 26 - 30
3
July 5 - July 7
July 5 - July 7
4
July 10 - 13
July 10 - 14
5
July 17 - 20
July 17 - 21
6
July 24 - 27
July 24 - 28
7
July 31 - August 3
July 31 - August 4
8
August 7 - 10
August 7 - 11
9
August 14 - 18
August 14 - 19
10
August 21 - 24
August 21 - 25
   

 


Priority Summer Registration from January 15 through March 15 for members at the $100 level or greater.*

 

For any and all program related questions, please contact Jon Young.

 

“Having young children on the farm who are allowed to be children with loving teachers and guides is the magic elixir that makes the whole project seem more than worthwhile. A farm without children, especially small children, lacks a certain joie de vivre, a certain excitement about whatever is coming next, about preparation and completion, about youth development and imagination, about what makes a “space” special and sacred…. It is the pure joy of childish discovery of bugs and snails, frogs, tadpoles and painted turtles, the discovery of walking sticks, daisy halos, silvered cobwebs in the morning dew that recollects the salad days of my own childhood when being a child was carefree (and timeless); when becoming lost in time, space and reverie was what those halcyon days were meant for and playing in the brook was considered constructive recreation.”

Excerpt from “Farmer’s Diary” by John Lee, Manager of Allandale Farm, published in Edible Boston, Fall 2008.

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

All summer program refunds will be given only if notification is given prior to May 15. A $25 processing fee will be charged for each registration change and/or cancellation not made within 5 business days. Any cancellations made within 5 business days will be processed at no cost.

 

No refund or credit will be given for not attending a program due to weather, illness, etc.

 

Scholarship Policy

The Natick Community Organic Farm grants scholarships that cover 50% of public program costs to children which are eligible to receive free or reduced lunches through the National School Lunch Program or whose family experiences sudden hardship. Scholarships can be applied to a maximum of two summer sessions.

 

Applicants, please e-mail Summer Program Coordinator Jon Young to inquire about a scholarship and send a copy of the confirmation letter from the National School Lunch Program (if the applicant lost the confirmation letter they can go to his/her school and ask for a copy) to the Farm (117 Eliot Street, Natick, MA 01760).


In case a family experiences sudden hardship and has never applied for fee or reduced lunch, the family can email a letter stating the need for a scholarship to Jon Young.

All scholarship applications are handled confidentially