Hill and Hollow Farm Camp

Why participate?

Children today, and many adults too, have little sense of where there food comes from and the beauty and importance of a healthy, thriving rural culture.  In days past, gardens, woods and creeks were our first teachers. Children instinctively respond to farm life and the rhythms of days and seasons. The lessons of farm life help guide people of all ages towards an understanding of his or her place in our civilization. These lessons are wonderful for a child’s development, creating a love for the natural world along with self-confidence, a sense of responsibility, patience, and respect for the importance of sustainable agricultural practices.

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Campers at Hill and Hollow are encouraged to be curious, be themselves, get dirty, get wet, clean up, pick up after themselves and be good to each other.  We introduce them to skills and concepts that will increase their self-reliance and enable them to live more responsibly. We know that time in the dirt improves your health, and time outdoors improves your mind. We also know that by contributing to meal prep and planning,  campers foster healthy connections to nutritious food. We also hold camp in our hearts as a time when kids can learn independence, explore their interests, and belong to an inclusive community. We recognize that play is not the opposite of work. No matter the age, we all need play: for happiness, but also because learning happens through play.

Our ultimate goal is to provide a warm and welcoming summer sleep-away camp experience and home-away-from-home for all children on our family farm.

What can I expect from a Hill and Hollow Farm Camp Experience?

We strive to connect each camper to our farm during their stay here. To that end, each day we will enjoy time spent in nature, time spent in the fields, time spent with the farm animals, and time spent doing craft activities with farm and forest ingredients. In any day this could include milking our cow Addie, collecting eggs from our chickens and ducks, or watering our flock of sheep.  Field activities include everything from seeding to planting to harvesting. Our activities teach responsibility in a way that is satisfying and formative. Crafts centering around wool from our flock of sheep will delight each camper. Nature hikes in our 150 acre woodland or  looking for geodes along the creek bank can excite any child about the fun in nature.

 

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Field to Fork:  camp dining

The setting for Hill and Hollow Farm Camp is our certified organic vegetable farm. Needless to say, food, in all aspects, is an important part of daily life here in the hollow.  While great food is a big part of camp, the goal isn’t just for kids to become more adventure-some eaters, or even to become farmers and chefs (although that would be great). Camp is set up intentionally as an environment where kids flourish through real, meaningful collaboration surrounding meal times. Even as camp life requires loads of energy, we think of food as far more than just calories. From garden time to meal prep and from taste tests to meal sharing, camp provides a unique opportunity to foster healthy relationships with food. Our kid-friendly & organic meals are prepared with fresh ingredients, primarily from our certified organic/biodynamic farm and local sources. Food is prepared onsite and campers are involved in harvest and preparation.

If your child has any special dietary restrictions including allergies, we will try our best to accommodate their needs. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about food allergies or restrictions hillandhollowfarmcamp@gmail.com

kids eating

 a day at camp

Our overnight camp allows kids to immerse themselves in the rhythms of farm life and form deeper connections to the farm and to each other. Days at camp will start with animal chores (from feeding the chickens and ducks, to milking the cow and watering the sheep). We then share a well-earned breakfast and the day will unfold. We know kids love caring for the animals and doing real, meaningful activities that impact the life of the farm. We also know kids need some time to be curious, engage with nature, and talk to each other without electronic distractions. We give campers real responsibilities while also allowing them some choice and self-direction. To that end, we don’t know exactly what the entire week will look like. Instead we’ll give you an example of a day at camp and some activities we often do.

6:30-7:00              wake up and dress

7:00-8:00               morning animal chores

8:30-9:30              breakfast and clean up

10:00-12:30         morning activities (harvest vegetables for our day’s meals, weed and mulch a vegetable bed, start seeds in the greenhouse, transplant seedlings in the field)

1:00-2:00              lunch and clean up

2:00-4:00              siesta, quiet activity time, journaling, reading, swinging in the hammock, walking in the creek

4:00-5:30              afternoon activities ( weaving, natural dyeing, knitting, making journals, leaf printing, felting, creek play, making ice cream, food preservation, wood working)

6:00-7:00              dinner and clean up

7:30                        evening animal chores, campfires and singing

8:30                        quiet time and prepare for bed

 

Accommodation and Facilities

Our camp has separate sleeping rooms for boys and girls in the off grid cabin nestled just up from the creek in the woods. The sounds of the forest and the lack of electricity serve to immerse the campers in their camp experience.  There is an outdoor solar shower and composting toilet located at the cabin.

The meals and culinary activities will center around the kitchen and dining area.

We have large grassy fields for games and a number of buildings to enhance the camp experience:  our barn hosts the cow for milking; a second barn set up as a wood shop with hand tools for supervised camper activities.  We have a central activity building to use for fiber work and hand crafts.

 Dates and rates and details of 2019 Summer Farm Camp

We welcome campers of all genders from ages 9-12. We are happy to accommodate youth with  different abilities. Contact us directly if you have concerns about your child’s ability to attend.

Dates for this year will be Sunday June 9 through Friday June 14, 2019.

Camp is hosted at Hill and Hollow Farm, located about 2 hours from Nashville, TN, Louisville, KY and Lexington, KY.

Rates for the full week, immersion farm camp

Early bird registration until April 1, 2019  is $965

Registration after April 1, 2019 is $1025

Sibling Discounts available, please inquire hillandhollowfarmcamp@gmail.com

Non refundable registration fee of $100 due immediately to hold your spot

Balance due  by May 1, 2019.

More questions?

If you’d like more detailed information about facilities, a day at camp, menu examples, policies and more – please email us hillandhollowfarmcamp@gmail.com

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CSA enrollment now open

it is with great pleasure that I announce the 2017 season, Hill and Hollow CSA’s 18th.

holy smokes.

it is often a wonder to paul and i how we can remain so excited about our occupation as the years pass. perhaps it is the fresh start we get each spring, a glorious opportunity for a new beginning. so with youthful glee and abounding excitement i invite you to join us for what will be another stellar year of local, organic, seasonal eating.

where and when: we deliver each saturday from may through september (20 week main season) to the metro nashville farmers market and remain there from 8 am until noon for you to pick up your share.

what you get:  all produce is grown here on the farm with absolutely no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides! we attempt to include as much variety as possible for our locale and include recipes and farm news with each basket. full shares are half bushel baskets, half shares approximately half of that.

pricing:  special family share for anyone that wants to eat well and preserve the bounty, this is the share size for you! 

$1250 if paid by early bird deadline of March 1, 2017

full share standard CSA half bushel basket, perfect for a couple that cooks a few nights a week or a family.

$1000 if paid by early bird deadline of March 1, 2017

half share perfect for anyone that cooks infrequently but still wants local produce incorporated into their diet.

$500 if paid by early bird deadline of March 1, 2017

not quite full share We designed this option for those half shares that would love that extra head of lettuce or a bigger pile of tomatoes but are not ready to commit to a full share each week. This share size will allow you to get a full share helping of some of your favorite items throughout the season. This was such a success and proving to be our most rapidly growing share size. Try it out.

$750 if paid by early bird deadline of March 1, 2017

payment: we accept personal checks made out to Hill and Hollow CSA and mailed to 8707 Breeding Road  Edmonton, KY 42129. we love pay pal if you do too there is a link to pay via pay pal on our website

Please contact me to discuss payment plans and any other questions or comments.  we believe no person should be denied access to true food for financial reasons

hhcsa@scrtc.com

270-432-0567

with excitement for a great 2017,

robin

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2016.27

The bittersweet final harvest. The wind is blowing, the sun is shining, the temperature hot although according to all predictions tomorrow at this time it will be 40 degrees cooler. Golly this year has been a rough ride. July 13th, mid summer, we awoke to our barn in flames. At that moment I said “ I can not do this”. I had no idea where I could gather the energy to recover from such loss Now, 4 months later, here I am looking back on a season that proved to me many, many things. First and beyond a doubt the most important is the importance of community. There are no words that can duly express my gratitude to each and every one of you for the support you offered. It came in many forms: homemade soup and bread, legal advice, tools, plants, baskets, emotional support and the most basic and necessary cold, hard, cash. There is absolutely no way we could have done it without you.
Thank you.
I hope you share in our pride at this moment of completion. I hope you are as proud as I am of the company you keep. The market stand is the heart of the hill and hollow community and as I watch each of you interact week after week and come together over our basic human needs of nourishment, I am so proud that you can find that sustenance with us and each other in those morning hours each Saturday.
Next, I learned we are resilient. we can actually handle just about anything that life sends our way. It isn’t always easy. There were many a moment over the past months when I wanted to throw in the towel, when I lost faith in humankind (thanks for that Kentucky Farm Bureau!). Then would soon come the moment of reflection. The thoughtful email arriving, the package of old photos in the mail from a long lost friend. Faith restored. Phew.
I celebrated a half century of this great life in September. It all became abundantly clear. As I pondered this homespun often crazy life of mine I realized I wouldn’t change a thing. I am blessed. I have an amazing family and a community so dear that I could cry thinking of you all. I am so lucky to be the steward of these amazing hills and hollows and to have the honor to feed you and your families.
I am still in a legal battle with my insurance company. If and when we receive a settlement remains anyone’s guess. Lately, it doesn’t hurt so much because all that truly matters is well within my reach.
Our nation is in a great struggle right now. I hope the lessons I have learned in the past months can give me the strength and courage to proceed with hope into the unknown future.
My deepest gratitude to each of you for all that you offer me and my family. Your hugs, your smiles, your recipes, your unending enthusiasm for fresh food makes my day….every single one of them. I will miss you and am already looking forward to Spring.

Gingery Sauteed Tat-Soi with Tofu Steaks
I rarely feature recipes with tofu, but this sounded so good, I also figure a nice fish would offer the same taste!
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
6 ounces extra firm tofu, cut into “steaks”
1 tablespoon sesame oil, divided
2 bunches of tat-soi
1-2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
In a small bowl whisk all ingredients from soy sauce through cayenne pepper.
In a large skillet over medium high heat, add 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Add tofu steaks; cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove from skillet. Add remaining 1 teaspoon sesame oil to skillet; add tat soi; once wilted, add sauce. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook just until sauce slightly thickens.
Divide greens on plates. Top with half of the tofu. Drizzle with remaining sauce, and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

fall week 7 in your basket:
winter squash
yellow turnips
misato rose radish
Pac choi
Tat soi
arugula
lettuce
sweet peppers
garlic

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