Farm Chore Days

2018  

Will be held on Fridays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. April 20, 27, May 4th, 11th and 18th 

We had planned on Starting on April 13th but have moved our start date to April 20th.  

Farm Chore Days are held on Fridays in the spring and fall with “Miss Julie” and “Farmer Brad.” This program is an excellent opportunity for new campers to meet us, and become familiar and comfortable with the property, the animals, and the overall “vibe” of the farm. (You do not have to be involved in our summer program to attend Farm Chore Days.)

AGE   Farm chore days are designed as a “drop off” program for children 4-12 years old, but parents are always welcome to stay and enjoy the time with us and their children. Children younger than 4 years old may attend with parent supervision.

ACTIVITIES We will begin with surveying the children to learn their preferences for jobs. Then, we’ll set our intentions for the afternoon.  We’ll complete 15-20 minutes of basic chores (collecting eggs, getting hay and water to the animals, doing routine animal health checks, and checking fences and gates to see if any new “jobs” are necessary.  We’ll be completing new projects depending on the weather and time of year.  We will present a job and provide the tools and materials, and we’ll work with the children to help them problem solve, break down the jobs into tasks, and determine who will be responsible for each task. And then off we’ll go to work! Of course, safety will be our priority. Some things we’ve done in the past: Planting Annual Rye grass seed, designing and building new sheep door, building a bridge for the alpacas, planting vegetable gardens, building raised beds, dividing perennial plants, repairing fencing, planting trees, clearing stones from the stream – and much more.

TO REGISTER If your child(ren) will be attending any farm chores days, please complete registration below so that we have important contact information and are aware of any medical concerns. Once registered, there is no commitment to attend weekly…just come when you can.

COST We do not have you pay in advance for this program, but instead pay only for the days you attend. Cost is $5/child. Fees from this program are used 100% toward our camp scholarship program.

WHAT TO WEAR Children should dress for weather, in clothing they don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Layers are a good idea – as the sun sets it can get chilly. The property can be muddy in the spring and fall – boots are a good idea.

DROP OFF/PICK UP Directions for drop-off are listed below.

WEATHER/CANCELLATIONS In the case of weather or emergency cancellation, all those registered will receive an email.  Cancellations will also be posted that day, by 3 pm, on our website. Typically, Farm Chore Days are held rain or shine, but in case of extreme weather conditions, or dangerous driving conditions we will cancel. We do not hold Farm Chore Days when Randolph schools are closed for holidays, vacations, weather, or early dismissal.

TO REGISTER

Click on the registration form, print, fill out, and mail to:

Soulshine Farm, 54 Park Ave., Randolph, NJ 07869

Registration Form Important Drop-Off/Pick-Up Info When Visiting the Farm
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