Greetings soon to be farmers!
We wanted to take a moment to welcome you to the program. Time spent at Spring Brook Farm is unique and exciting. To give you an idea of what you can expect when you are here, we want to share the following information with you.
First, it is important for you to know that we are also a school. We may not assign homework or pass out report cards, but the lessons that we will teach will be very important. Your experience here is going to show you how important learning in the classroom is and how the lessons taught by your teachers directly relate to your everyday life, now and for years to come.
We ask that you come with an open mind, bring a lot of questions for us to answer and do not be afraid of experiencing farm life to its fullest.
Second, we are a real working dairy farm. Tasks and activities that you will be participating in are real life jobs that farmers do. Always remember that it is ok to get dirty while you are here because dirty clothes equal an excellent farmer. You will be entrusted with caring for the animals, the gardens and even the cheese.
Depending on the time of year that you are here, you may participate in activities such as the production of Maple Syrup (spring), picking apples and pressing them to make cider (fall) or harvesting berries in the garden (summer). Everything that you will take part in will be authentic farming. That means that the days can feel quite long and some of the tasks at hand will be challenging. However, trust in knowing that you will have the ability to accomplish everything that we ask you to do, especially with teamwork and cooperation.
For some of you this may be the first time that you will experience being away from home. We understand that this may have you feeling a bit uncomfortable and even anxious but we want you to remember that we are committed to making this trip the best that we possibly can for you. We will work hard but we will also have a lot of fun and we know that you will too!
If you would like to get a feel for what others have experienced while being on the Farm, please visit our Facebook page, listed under Farms For City Kids. You can see kids in action and read what others have to say about their experience here. If you have any questions, just let your teacher know and they will provide answers for you.
We are excited to have you come to Vermont and be with us here at Spring Brook Farm, home of Farms For City Kids. We look forward to farming with you!
Farms For City Kids Education Staff