Summer Camp 2020 – Covid19 Update

_54A0981Even with new baby goats and 40 new lambs, the farm feels very quiet these days. There have been no field trips, music classes or fiber arts workshops since Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders in March.We have had to pivot so many times that we feel like we are going in circles. The big question we have all been waiting for is… what about camp?Based on CDC regulations and California Camp guidelines, we are sad to say that we cannot run camp with large groups of children this summer. This is our 25th Windrush Farm anniversary and it would have been our 15th year of camp… so canceling camp was a really hard decision we had to make.Even though we cannot have camp this summer, we would like to share the farm safely with families and provide some summer structure during Stay at Home orders. Instead of our planned camp schedule we have come up with some options.

o Visit the Farm for an hour with your child every day you are signed up for camp between 9-12. We will socially distanced as you guide yourself around the pond and parking pastures catching frogs and feeding goats. Farmer Arann will sing songs from a distance and families will be able to take home craft activities like our Windrush Farm Felting Kit. We will have afternoon Zoom calls each day with crafts and activities for home. You are welcome to bring siblings and we will schedule 3 families an hour.

o Transfer your enrollment to next summer and receive a 50% discount on one additional week of camp in 2021.

o Schedule a private farm visit with your immediate family. Enjoy the farm space, have a picnic, catch frogs and Farmer Arann will greet you and send you on your way with a Felting kits.

o Make a donation of your camp tuition to the farm to help us stay a farm education resource.

o Receive a refund

Please send an email with your choice to arannharris@gmail.com. We will reply with more information depending on your decision. If you would like a refund please provide a physical address where we can send you your balance.Thank you for supporting Windrush Farm over the years. We miss you all and hope to share the farm again as soon as it is safe to do so.

Summer Camp 2020 – Covid19 Update

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Even with new baby goats and 40 new lambs, the farm feels very quiet these days. There have been no field trips, music classes or fiber arts workshops since Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders in March.

We have had to pivot so many times that we feel like we are going in circles. The big question we have all been waiting for is… what about camp?

Based on CDC regulations and California Camp guidelines, we are sad to say that we cannot run camp with large groups of children this summer. This is our 25th Windrush Farm anniversary and it would have been our 15th year of camp… so canceling camp was a really hard decision we had to make.

Even though we cannot have camp this summer, we would like to share the farm safely with families and provide some summer structure during Stay at Home orders. Instead of our planned camp schedule we have come up with some options.

o   Visit the Farm for an hour with your child every day you are signed up for camp between 9-12. We will socially distanced as you guide yourself around the pond and parking pastures catching frogs and feeding goats. Farmer Arann will sing songs from a distance and families will be able to take home craft activities like our Windrush Farm Felting Kit. We will have afternoon Zoom calls each day with crafts and activities for home. You are welcome to bring siblings and we will schedule 3 families an hour.

o   Transfer your enrollment to next summer and receive a 50% discount on one additional week of camp in 2021.

o   Schedule a private farm visit with your immediate family. Enjoy the farm space, have a picnic, catch frogs and Farmer Arann will greet you and send you on your way with a Felting kits.

o   Make a donation of  your camp tuition to the farm to help us stay a farm education resource.

o   Receive a refund

Please send an email with your choice to arannharris@gmail.com. We will reply with more information depending on your decision.  If you would like a refund please provide a physical address where we can send you your balance.

Thank you for supporting Windrush Farm over the years. We miss you all and hope to share the farm again as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Refining Your Spinning Skills

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Saturday, February 1st 1 to 4pm
Instructors: Mimi Luebbermann & Marlie deSwart
This class is for spinners wanting to improve their spinning skills and to learn how to expand the range of yarns they are able to create. Everyone brings their spun singles for show and tell, and we start by introducing the spinning methods used to create woolen or worsted yarns and explain the different uses for these yarns. The class will try out different fibers and the best methods to spin them. We will also talk about breeds of sheep and their fleeces, how to process wool from the fleece by washing and carding wool. Finally, we practice plying two, three, and four different threads for finished plied yarns.
Cost is $125
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2019 Farm Camp Updates

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Windrush Farm Friends,

It is Farm Camp registration time again and we are excitedly making plans for our 14th year of welcoming children to summer camp at Windrush Farm. In addition to Farm Camp, we are also offering camps for Little Farmers (4-6 year olds) and Off the Farm Fridays. Below you will find information on all of our 2019 summer programs. To register click here: register for 2019 Camps

Farm Camp: 

Ages: 7-12

Days: Mon-Thurs

Hours: 9am-3pm

How many students per session: 24

How many counselors: We are hiring two full time counselors, in addition to Farmer Arann and Farmer Mimi 

Cost: $320

2019 Farm Camp Sessions

  1. Week One – Farm Camp: 06/17/2019 – 06/20/2019
  2. Week Two – Farm Camp: 06/24/2019 – 06/27/2019
  3. Week Three – Farm Camp:  07/08/2019 – 07/11/2019
  4. Week Four – Farm Camp: 07/15/2019 – 07/18/2019
  5. Week Five – Farm Camp: 07/22/2019 – 07/25/2019
  6. Week Six – Farm Camp: 07/29/2019 – 08/01/2019
  7. Week Seven – Farm Camp: 08/05/2019 – 08/08/2019

Schedule:

9am: Arrival and farm chores: watering, collecting seeds, grinding wheat etc

9:30am: Name games and team challenges at the oak circle

10am: small group farm chores which include milking goats, feeding sheep, cows and chickens, collecting eggs, harvesting vegetables

10:45am: snack

11:15am: farm art which includes: felting, weaving, braiding, mask making, beading, murals, we try to send a craft home every day

12pm: lunch – bring your own except for Thursday when we make pizzas together. We encourage no waste lunches if possible because we do not have garbage service at the farm.

12:45pm: farm adventure: creek crawl, hidden talent show, pond study. Thursday swim in the pool

3pm: pick up

What to bring: hat, water bottle, lunch Monday-Wednesday, closed toe shoe (no flip flops), bathing suit and towel on Thursday only.

Little Farmers:

Last year was our first time welcoming 4-6 year-olds. We loved having younger campers on the farm, so we are inviting Little Farmers to camp again this year. Here is the info on Little Farmers:

Ages 4-6

Ratio: 1 to 6

Days: Mon-Weds

Hours: 9:30am-1:30 pm

Cost: $160

2019 Little Farmer Camp Sessions

  1. Week One – Little Farmers: 06/24/2019 – 06/27/2019
  2. Week Two – Little Farmers: 07/08/2019 – 07/10/2019
  3. Week Three – Little Farmers: 07/15/2019 – 07/17/2019
  4. Week Four – Little Farmers:  07/22/2019 – 07/24/2019
  5. Week Five – Farm Camp: 07/29/2019 – 07/31/2019

Schedule: 

If your Little Farmer has an older sibling attending Farm Camp they are welcome to arrive at 9am with their older sibling, we ask that all other Little Farmers arrive at 9:30am for parking lot and driveway safety.

9:30am: Arrive and start the day with a short welcome meeting.

9:15am: Animal Chores: Feed chickens, sheep, cows and goats.

10am: Garden Chores and Harvest

10:30am: Snack

11am: Farm Art

12pm: Lunch

12:30pm: End of the day Team Building Games

1:30pm: Pick-Up

What to bring: hat, water bottle, lunch, closed toe shoe (no flip flops)

Off the Farm Fridays: 

Last year was our first year leading Off the Farm Fridays (OFF) and we had a blast exploring some of the incredible wilderness of our region, so we are doing it again this year. Highlights last year included: catching fish at Liminatour Beach with guest fisherman and Waldorf teacher, Adam Neale; exploring a secret beach seeing bat rays on Tomales Bay; making a giant castle at Dillon Beach.

Here are the details of Off the Farm Fridays:

Ages 7-12

Ratio: 1 to 8

Days: Fridays only

Hours: 9am-4pm

Cost: $90 per session

Schedule: 

9am: Arrive

9:15 am: Load in the Sprinter van to start adventure

9:45am-1:30pm: Adventure

12pm: Lunch

1:30pm: Load in the Sprinter van to return to farm

2pm: Swimming at farm

4pm: Pick-up

2019 Off the Farm Friday Sessions

  1. Week One – Off the Farm Fridays: 06/21/2019 – 06/21/2019
  2. Week Two – Off the Farm Fridays: 06/28/2019 – 06/28/2019
  3. Week Three – Off the Farm Fridays: 07/12/2019 – 07/12/2019
  4. Week Four Off the Farm Fridays: 07/19/2019 – 07/19/2019
  5. Week Five Off the Farm Fridays: 08/03/2019 – 08/03/2019

What to bring: lunch, good walking shoes, a towel, swim suit, hat, and water bottle. We’ll have snacks, sunscreen, first aid, and lots of fun ideas for exploring secret spots and national treasures.

Please supply your own booster seat if necessary.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does my child need to bring? hat water bottle, lunch, closed toe shoe (no flip flops)

How much sun will my child be getting? We hide from the sun and go from shady spot to shady spot all day long. Hats are encouraged.

Do they swim? Thursday we have a swim test to asses your child swimming ability. We have clear rules which are strictly enforced. Each child has a buddy and we do frequent buddy checks throughout the session.

Are you First Aid Certified? Yes.

What kind of animals are they interacting with? Sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, cows, alpacas, llamas, dogs, cats, frogs and other wild animals.

Do you offer a sibling discount? Sorry but we do not offer a sibling discount because our camp is so small.

Do you donate camps to school auctions? Yes. Please email: arannharris@gmail.com

How many years have you been running camp? We started the Farm Camp in 2005, so 14 years and counting.

Do you have dinosaurs? Yes and dinosaur songs to go with them.

 

Think Petaluma is too far away to send your children to Windrush Farm Camp?

We are 30 minutes from almost everywhere in the North Bay: Marin, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, West Marin. Many of our families from other towns will invite their neighbors and friends to carpool, so each family only has to drive once or twice during the week.

For those families living across a bridge, it’s not too far for you either. This year we are very excited to welcome some campers from Oakland. Their parents are renting a VRBO and making a family vacation out of Farm Camp. We are happy to send some accommodation recommendations… just let us know.

If you would like to sign your child up for Windrush Farm Summer Camp, please click the link below…

REGISTER HERE

If you have any questions or difficulties registering online, please send an email to Arann at: arannharris@gmail.com

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green grass + bouncing lambs = Farm Family Photo time again.

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Last year I offered Farm Family Photo Shoots at Windrush Farm and we had so much fun that we are doing it again this year.

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We recommend wearing clothes & shoes you don’t mind getting dirty.

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And bringing a colorful blanket to spread out in the grass.

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While we will do our best to take photos with baby animals, they are baby animals, so we can not guarantee they will always cooperate.

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But we can guarantee that we’ll have lots of fun on the farm…And you’ll have lots of cute photos to prove it.

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Farm Family Photo Sessions Dates:

March 30th-April 2nd

April 6th-April 9th

To register click here:

http://my.setmore.com/bookingpage/c2369b83-d535-4dfc-bd12-b96aa13ecb9e/bookappointment

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FARM PLAY

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We offer a lot of tours and classes at the farm, but we thought it might be nice to let people come and choose their own farm adventure. So we are now offering one hour FARM PLAY sessions for kids and their adults.
During these sessions children and their guardians can choose from activities such as:
Feeding lambs
Exploring around the pond
Reading under the pine trees
Digging with vintage trucks
Toddling on the Toddler Adventure Trail
March 2017: Wednesdays 2pm-3pm and Fridays 3pm-4pm
Cost is $15 for one adult and one child
$5 for each additional person
Cash or check only.
(No more than two children per adult please.)
We will offer Farm Play rain or shine, so bring your mud boots and rain coats.
For questions please email: arannharris@gmail.com
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Bebe Baa Love Story…

Our youngest boy loves bebe baas like no other. We visit the bebe baas at Grandma Mimi’s farm every single day. This is their love story…

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There are lots of upcoming ways you can come come visit the bebe baas and fall in love too.

Check out: Animal Music, Lamb DayFamily Photo Shoots with Paige GreenFiber Art Classes with Mimi and a Homesteading Workshop with our dear friend Nici.

 

Windrush Farm Fall 2015 Dye and Spinning Program

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Come to Windrush Farm, just a short distance away from downtown Petaluma, for the Fall Dye & Spinning Program. The farm is the home of sheep, goats, llamas, and alpacas, all available to meet with visitors. The classes include a walk through the pastures and afternoon tea and cookies. The instructors are Marlie deSwart, fiber artist and owner of Black Mountain Weavers in Pt. Reyes Station, and Mimi Luebbermann, owner of Windrush Farm.  Marlie and Mimi have been co-teaching spinning and fiber arts for 15 years.
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Sunday, October 4, 2 to 5pm   Dyeing Wool with Vegetal and Synthetic Dyes

This is a hands-on class to learn to use both natural dyes and acid-based dyes.  In the morning we will mordant yarns and start dyeing wool and yarn with onion skins, walnut, and cochineal.  As time allows, we will explore over-dyeing, and afterbaths.  After lunch, Marlie takes over to explain the use of acid dyes, and how to space, vat, steam, and hand paint with commercial dyes.  Students will leave with lots of their own hand-dyed wool, roving, and yarns.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  $75 plus a $20 materials fee

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Spinning Classes

Beginning spinners should take both classes in Introduction to Spinning, Part 1 and Part 2 to gain spinning competence and confidence.  $125 for the two classes plus a $20 materials fee each class.  Spinning wheels rent for $10 per week.

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Sunday, October 11, 2 to 5pm  Learning How to Spin, Part 1

Get the feel of the spinning wheel. It takes a while to get the hang of spinning, to coordinate the feet and hands to create a thread.  After you begin to feel confident with the process, switch spinning wheels to find one that suits you in particular.  As your skill grows, try out different wools to feel the difference they make in your spinning.

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October 18, 2 to 5pm Refining Your Skills, Part 2

During this second session, students will bring in their spun singles for show and tell.  Then they learn the woolen or worsted spinning techniques to produce yarns for different uses.  You will learn about raw, unscoured fleece, how to wash and card wool, and how the fleece from different breeds of sheep create yarns with specific qualities. We provide plenty of dyed  roving to card and spin. We will introduce you to plying singles and setting the twist of your yarn so after this class, you will be ready to knit or weave with your own hand-spun yarn.

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Sunday Nov 8, 2 to 5pm  Plying for Wild and Strong Yarns

Plying allows the competent spinner to create strong yarns, and with varied materials, to create wildly exciting yarns for accents in knitting projects, jewelry, or weaving materials.  You will learn to make boucle, eyelash, and frosted yarns, as well as three, four, and five ply yarns. We will explore core spinning and insertion techniques. Everyone leaves this class with the skills to create yarns never before seen in a yarn shop. 

$75 plus a $20 materials fee

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 Sunday, Nov 15, 2 to 5pm Hand Made Gifts for the Holidays

Quick, fun, projects to make one-of-a-kind gifts.  We will demo and have examples of quick knitted projects such as triangle scarves and kids’ hats with fat yarn, and felted cushions. Students will hands-on make felt balls, felt beads to string on necklaces, and natural-dyed silk scarves.  Everyone leaves with felted balls and beads, an eco scarf, and instructions for quick, knitted projects.  Kits and additional supplies will be available for purchase.

$60 plus a $20 materials fee

Contact Knitterly.com to reserve your seat.
Email: orders@knitterly.net
Phone: 707.762.9276

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Farm Photo Workshop: Behind the Scenes

You work so hard planning and promoting an event, with fingers crossed that people will want to come. And when the day finally arrives and the people do come, you hold your breath hoping that everything goes smoothly and that the people will find what they came for.

So when the sun eventually slips down the sky, at the end of your long awaited day, and you step back and watch the people, who started the day as strangers, sitting close, sharing a meal, laughing about the day and dreaming aloud about the next time we can do this all again… it feels really, really good to finally exhale, sit down on the bench with them and raise a glass to next time.

HUGE thank you to the incredibly talented and extremely generous Farm Photo Workshop guest teachers: Sara Remington, Karen Shinto and Alysia Andriola. And equally HUGE thanks to all the FPW helpers: Jude Mooney, Laura Schneider, Alicia Deal, Carolyn Korch and Arann Harris. And last, but definitely not least, THANK YOU to Mimi Luebbermann for once again so graciously opening up her incredible farm and allowing Farm Photo Workshop to call Windrush Farm our home. 

Come meet the lambs!

Windrush Farm’s annual Lamb Day is happening this Saturday, May 9th, from 10am to 2pm.

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Windrush Farm is a Marin County Farm raising sheep, llamas, and alpacas for fine wool products.

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Come for tours of the farm to meet the sheep and greet the lambs.

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Bring a picnic and enjoy the tadpoles at the pond.

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Schedule of the Day

  •  10:00 Gates open
  •  10:30 Meet and Greet the Sheep
  •  11:00 Wool Activities for all
  •  11:30 Milking the Goat
  •  12:00 Meet and Greet the Sheep
  •  1:00  Wool Activities for all

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Cost:

Adults $20, children free, pay at the door or buy tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets right here:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1558894

Address:

Windrush Farm

2263 Chileno Valley Rd.

Petaluma, CA 94952

For more information please call: 707 775-3390