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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 May 15, 2019 is $965
Registration after May 15, 2019 is $1025
Sibling Discounts available, please inquire firstname.lastname@example.org
Non refundable registration fee of $100 due immediately to hold your spot
Balance due by May 30, 2019.
If you’d like more detailed information about facilities, a day at camp, menu examples, policies and more – please email us email@example.com