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Seed Song Farm: Summer Camp 2023

SEED SONG FARM & CENTER: KINGSTON, NY (Click here for more of there Summer Camp info).

  • Camp Dates: June 27th-September 2nd, Monday-Friday* 9 am – 3 pm

    Visit our Summer Camp Page for a full description of camp weeks.

    *Week 8 (August 15th-August 19th) is Tuesday-Saturday

    2023 Dates & Weekly Themes

    Week 1: Monday June 26 – Friday June 30
    Young Seed Song Farmers Week
    A whole week of plants, pollinating insects, preparing farm snacks, and exploring the work and play of a Seed Song Sustainable Farmer. Learn agroecological techniques, help staff a farmstand and prepare for CSA distribution, sing songs of food and farming, play in the dirt, and participate in the all aspects of bringing food from seed and soil to table and market.

    ​Week 2: Monday July 3 – Friday July 7
    Bird is the Word!
    Learn about the wild birds who call the farm home including kestrels,  great blue herons and bald eagles. Explore our unique relationship with chickens, the world’s most common bird. Practice bird calls, build bird boxes and create a natural artwork celebrating our feathered friends.

    Week 3: Monday July 10 – Friday July 14
    L is for Lovacore
    Celebrate locally grown food by exploring small-scale, sustainable agriculture and the CSA model. Experience the joy of growing food from farm field to plate. Harvest and prepare fresh snacks. Learn the farmers favorite go-to recipes. Work with a local chef inspired by farm fresh ingredients. End the week with a camper-directed “Pop Up Restaurant” on the farm.

    Week 4: Monday July 17 – Friday July 21
    Sheeps, chicken and animals
    Care for the animals of the farm and forest and learn about them. Choose a mammal, reptile, amphibian, insect, bird, fish, or microorganism animal spirit guide, and explore how its gifts may change you. Make an animal mask, listen to animal stories from the many past and present cultural traditions of Kingston. Create a song, dance, costume, or sculpture. At Friday’s Council of All Beings, share with the group your animal spirit and the work that it inspired.

    Week 5: Monday July 24 -Friday July 28
    The Land Grows Music 
    Make home-grown music, songs, and musical instruments. Sing the song of the seed!

    Week 6: Monday July 31 – Friday August 4
    Learn about and taste how the wild and cultivated plants at Seed Song Farm can give you super powers including strong muscles, day and night vision, and fast healing. Walk in the woods to find secret wild plants. Use seeds, leaves, and petals to create works of art. Seed, plant, care for, harvest, and eat the vegetables, herbs, flowers, and berries that give us special powers.

    Week 7: Monday August 7 – Friday August 11
    Power to the Pollinators
    Explore insects and other pollinators, and their special relationship with the flowers and other farm plants, both wild and cultivated. Experience edible and medicinal flowers, pick and decorate with the flowers in our fields! We will become invasive vs non invasive animals detectives, and learn about each of their roles on our farm and wetland. We will sprout wings to pollinate and march in a pollinator parade.

    Week 8: Tuesday August 15 -Saturday August 19
    *Note: This camp runs Tuesday through Saturday, NO MONDAY CAMP
    Earth Heroes!
    What makes a hero? How can we act as heroes for the earth embracing our own unique superpowers? Actively engage in environmental stewardship through exploring and tending the land. Learn directly from our elders, local activists and community groups who act heroically each day. Culminate the week by creating a themed Earth Heroes collective art piece. Work with Arm of the Sea Theatre on an environmentally themed performance to take place on the farm on *Saturday, August 26th (performance date subject to change).

    Week 9: Monday, August 21 –  Friday August 25th

    More information coming soon

    Week 10: Monday August 28 – Friday September 1
    Esopus Village Back in Time
    Travel back in time and explore the lifeways and wisdom of the Lenape people of the 1500’s that lived on and farmed this land along Esopus Creek. Work in the wicwam, play traditional games, meet around the fire pit, and cultivate the field of corn, beans, squash, and other heritage crops with members of Neetopk Keetopk (educational Native American and allies group). Explore the woods and creek, find signs of wildlife. Make tools and art from natural materials, sing songs, and tell stories

    Additional Program Details

    Ages 4-12: younger children must be potty-trained and able to communicate with staff regarding their needs.
    Times: 9 am Drop off – 3 pm Pick up
    After / Before Care: Available from 8:30 am or as late as 4:30 pm – $15 / hour. Schedule as soon as you are aware of your need, with at least 24 hour advance notice– Email jasmine@seedsongfarm.org with dates and times.
    ​What to Bring: Brown bag lunch and two snacks, a hat with a brim, wear shoes and clothes that can get wet or dirty and keep an extra set of clothes at camp, bathing suit, towel, and a reusable water bottle. We have sunscreen and bug repellent on site but if you have a preferred brand please bring it.

    After drop-off on the first day, Parents and guardians are welcome to stay at camp for the first hour until child feels secure.  Parents are welcome to pickup their child(ren) at lunchtime on the first day of camp, and are required to pickup any time that becomes needed.

    Ages 12 & up: We anticipate offering a middle school track of camp this season. Also inquire by emailing jasmine@seedsongfarm.org about special helper / Counselor-in-Training roles for teens.

    Cancellation Policy 
    For camp enrollments cancelled up to 30 days prior to camp start date a full refund minus the non-refundable 3% Paypal or Venmo processing fee and a 10% Administrative Processing Fee will be issued.
    For camp enrollments cancelled up to 15 days prior to camp start date a full refund minus the non-refundable 3% Paypal or Venmo processing fee and a 20% Administrative Processing Fee will be issued.
    For cancellations occurring less than 15 days prior to camp start date a refund will ONLY be issued if the camp is able to fill your child’s space. The refund issued will be minus the non-refundable 3% Paypal or Venmo processing fee and a 30% Administrative Processing Fee.
    COVID Related Cancellations or Closures: In the event that your child cannot attend camp due to a Positive test result or a quarantine due to exposure a refund will only be issued if we are able to fill your child’s space at camp. In the event of a CAMP CLOSURE due to COVID outbreak or lack of adequate staffing NO REFUNDS will be issued.