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.

paigegreenAllisonWoofter01312012-025 Sessions are 45 minutes and include 10 high resolution digital files of your choice. Additional images will be available for purchase.

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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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The Windrush Farm Holiday Art Fair is happening Nov 30th, 2014…

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This year… jump start your Holiday shopping at the 12th Annual Holiday Art Fair.

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Find warm cozy hats, scarfs, sweaters, and socks made from local wool, as well as handcrafted jewelry, pottery, children’s gifts, art and much, much more.

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Support local artists and give your loved ones original hand-crafted gifts for the holidays.

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As always, to keep your shopping spirits high, there will be plenty of delicious wood-fired pizza to eat.

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So please kindly tell all your friends…

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And we can’t wait to see you shopping on the farm…

when:

Sunday, November 30, 2014

10 am to 4 pm

where:

Windrush Farm

2263 Chileno Valley Rd

Petaluma, CA 94952

how:

rain or shine

2014 Fall Fiber Fest at Windrush Farm…

Attention

Felters, Knitters, Weavers, and Spinners

Sunday, October 12th

10:00AM 4:00PM

Fiber Sales Booths

and

gourmet brick oven pizzas

at

Windrush Farm in Petaluma

2263 Chileno Valley Road – West Petaluma

Join us at Windrush Farm in Chileno Valley, just outside Petaluma, for a Fiber Fest with artisans selling local wool, hand spun yarns, roving in natural colors or dyed, hand-painted yarns, and yarn on cones. The Festival is free, and a great way to visit a small farm, meet fiber animals, and enjoy a day in the country.

What to do at the Festival:

Demonstrations:

10:30 Looking at Wool: Alpaca, Sheep, Bunny, Goat

11:00 Color Carding

11:30 Natural Dyeing of Wool

1:30 Natural Dyeing

2:30 Pattern Dyeing on Cloth with Natural Material

Knitting, spinning and weaving demos through the day.

Used Spinning Wheel Sale

Hand made Brick Oven Pizzas from 11am to 3pm

For directions click here. For more information call: 707 775-3390

Sponsored by Black Mountain Artisans, BusyBee Roving and Charmaine’s Handspun

Summer Camp Registration 2014

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This summer, give your children four mornings at Windrush Farm. It is an outdoor experience your child will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Children will learn about ranch animals and how to take care of them. They will meet chickens, goats, sheep, cows, llamas, and our favorite dogs. They collect eggs from the chickens and work in the vegetable gardens, learning where their food comes from besides the grocery store. Exploring in the pond, crafting farm art, working with wool, and making barn shaking music are a few of the activities your children take part in. On Thursday we will celebrate the work we have done with a pizza party in the wood-burning outdoor oven.

Details:

Our instructor to camper ratio is approximately 7 to 1.

Ages: 7-12

Time: 9am-3pm

Cost: $265

Dates for our 2014 Summer Sessions are:

Summer Session II: Jun 9-Jun 12
Summer Session III: Jun 23-Jun 26
Summer Session IV: Jul 7-Jul 10
Summer Session V: Jul 14-Jul 17
Summer Session VI: Jul 21-Jul 24
Summer Session VII: Jul 28-Jul 31
Summer Session VIII: Aug 4-7

Camp programs fill quickly so please sign up early to ensure a place for your child.

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 difficulties registering online please send an email to Arann at: harrisarann@yahoo.com

Windrush Farm’s Spring Lamb Day…

Come spend a day on the farm spinning, knitting, and visiting… 10am to 4pm on May 10th, 2014

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We will also have…

  • Demonstrations of shearing, skirting wool, carding wool, spinning wool, and dyeing wool

  • Farm Tours

  • Wood-fired pizzas for sale

  • Fleece and fiber sales

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Come on out, no reservations necessary.

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For more details, check us on Facebook or contact us windrushfrm@gmail.com

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2263 Chileno Valley, Rd., Petaluma, CA 94952

(707) 775-3390

Spring Lamb Days 2013…

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At Windrush Farm’s Spring Lamb Days your children will learn about farm animals and how to take care of them.

They will collect eggs from the chickens, herd sheep, feed goats and work in the vegetable gardens. Additional activities include exploring the pond, creating farm crafts, and working with wool.

Spring Lamb Day Details…

Dates: March 18th – 21st

Ages: 7-12

Time: 9am-3pm

Cost:$225

If you would like to sign your child up for Spring Lamb Days, please click the link below…

For more information please contact Arann: harrisarann@yahoo.com

Make your child’s farm camp wish come true this summer…

By sending them to the best home-grown, grass-fed, tree-climbing, organically-run, farm camp around…

…also known as: Windrush Farm Summer Camp.

This summer we are offering eight amazing sessions.

And we are now accepting applications.

Our camps tend to fill up fast, so please be sure to get your application in as soon as you can…

Otherwise… the early you-know-who, will get the you-know-what…

Thanks for visiting our blog and we can’t wait to see you all…

When the sunflowers are just starting to grow tall.

ps: Cassie says to tell you that she especially can’t wait for camp, because she desperately needs some TLCC (tender loving camper care.)

Seven Christmas Gifts…

Make your own felted and knitted Christmas gifts at Windrush Farm.

(2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952)

This year, make a plethora of Christmas gifts for
your loved ones. Hand-made and home-made
gifts are so much more meaningful than store
bought. They are easy on the pocket-book and
people will use them over and over again and
save them for years to come.

We like to take you on a journey of a variety of
techniques, from wet and dry (needle) felting to
sewing to knitting, using a variety of materials
(some re-used or re-purposed) to get ingenious
and wonderful gifts that are great for Christmas
or the year around.

You will go away with several finished projects,
such as a felted bead necklace and earrings,
scrunchies made from dyed sheep curls/locks and
several jewelry pins from felted beads and curls,
and more ideas than you will be able to realize.

Class is Sunday Oct. 24th 1 pm – 4:30 pm

Bring your own knitting needles, crochet
hook sewing needles, needle felting kit.
(Tea and cookies provided)

Class Fee:

Classes are $120. This includes a $20 materials fee. (for returning students
class is $100 including $20 materials fee)

Class Description:

You will begin on a knit project, either a
triangular scarf, a cowl, fingerless mits or tube
socks. Easy patterns to finish in a short period of
time. And we will have kits and many samples
for other projects.

Class Schedule:

1:00- 2:30 Wet felted beads, buttons, snakes,
soaps, collars and other decorations for your knit
and jewelry projects.

2:45 – 3:00 Break and farm animal walk

3:00 – 4:30 create jewelry with your felted beads
and buttons, sew flower pins and dry felt collars.
You will also start on your knit project.

We will have jewelry findings, glass and
other beads, felting materials, scrunchies,
copper and knit wire. And we will have many
samples of projects you can make. Bring your
camera to take pictures of these samples so
you can remember and make them after class.

Class Registration:

To pre-register please call or e-mail:

Marlie de Swart (415) 868-2495

BMA@sonic.net

Black Mountain Artisans (415) 663-9130

Mimi Luebbermann (707) 775-390

Windrushfrm@earthlink.net

Partial support for this facility provided by the Marin Arts Foundation.

2014 Fall Fiber Fest at Windrush Farm…

Attention

Felters, Knitters, Weavers, and Spinners

Sunday, October 12th

10:00AM  4:00PM

Fiber Sales Booths

and

gourmet brick oven pizzas

at

Windrush Farm in Petaluma

2263 Chileno Valley Road – West Petaluma

Join us at Windrush Farm in Chileno Valley, just outside Petaluma, for a Fiber Fest with artisans selling local wool, hand spun yarns, roving in natural colors or dyed, hand-painted yarns, and yarn on cones.  The Festival is free, and a great way to visit a small farm, meet fiber animals, and enjoy a day in the country.

What to do at the Festival:

Demonstrations:

10:30  Looking at Wool: Alpaca, Sheep, Bunny, Goat

11:00 Color Carding

11:30 Natural Dyeing of Wool

1:30 Natural Dyeing

2:30 Pattern Dyeing on Cloth with Natural Material

 

Knitting, spinning and weaving demos through the day.

Used Spinning Wheel Sale

Hand made Brick Oven Pizzas from 11am to 3pm

For directions click here. For more information call: 707 775-3390

Sponsored by Black Mountain Artisans, BusyBee Roving and Charmaine’s Handspun