on the range

Farm Camp Preview

Local area farms offer hands-on spring break

By Anna Toon, 10:15AM, Wed. Mar. 6, 2013

Dorsey Barger with kids at farm camp
photo courtesy of HausBar Farms

Spring break can be a parent’s logistical nightmare. The difficulties of coordinating childcare along with busy work schedules can prove challenging for even the most seasoned. Fortunately, two local farms have come to the rescue offering opportunities for an interactive farm camp experience.

Green Gate Farms co-founder Skip Connett taking campers on a pony cart ride with White Sox
photo courtesy of Green Gate Farms

Green Gate Farms (8310 Canoga Ave., 484-2746) is offering a spring break farm camp for children of ages five to 15 from Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15, 9am-3pm. Campers will spend mornings on the certified organic farm working alongside farmers and tending to over 150 animals, including sheep, chickens, goats, and even a pony. Time will be spent helping in the greenhouse and in the 111-year-old barn. Kids will explore farm life through composting, farm art, and permaculture; afternoons include a variety of arduous activities such as napping, crafting, and lounging in hammocks. As Erin Flynn, owner of Green Gate Farms explained, the farm camp offers children the opportunity to take ownership of the farm by having their hands in every aspect. See newfarminstitute.org for additional details and pricing.

HausBar Farms (3300 Govalle Ave., 577-4731) is also offering a series of five, one-day camps during spring break: Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15, 9am-1pm. Campers will assist in caring for chickens, ducks, geese, donkeys, and rabbits. "HausBar Farms’ camps are a fantastic opportunity to show younger kids where food actually comes from,” says Dorsey Barger, owner of HausBar Farms. “Each camper will plant, harvest, and help prepare vegetables. They’ll actually have a relationship with the food they eat while at our farm,” she adds. See hausbarfarms.tumblr.com/camps for additional details and pricing.

write a letter