Hawthorne Valley Farm Summer Camp | Kids Out and About Albany

Hawthorne Valley Farm Summer Camp

Address: 
Hawthorne Valley Farm 327 Route 21C
Ghent , NY , 12075
Phone: 518 672 4465 x 201
42° 16' 16.8312" N, 73° 35' 38.3028" W
Contact name: 
Helen Enright
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Hawthorne Valley Farm Summer Camp programs offer children ages 8 to 16 the opportunity to live, play and work on our active Bio-dynamic farm. We offer both residential and day programs. Children feed animals, garden, swim, eat delicious organic meals, ride horses, learn nature based arts and crafts, explore our fields and forests. Children strengthen their bond to nature and one another while experiencing hands-on farm activities. We are part of Hawthorne Valley Association which includes a K-12 Waldorf School, organic farm store, CSA, on premise bakery, creamery and sauerkraut department. The older campers become junior apprentices and work alongside our production managers to learn the farm to table process.

Since 1972, we have been producing high-quality, Biodynamic® and organic foods while providing farm-based learning experiences for children and adults. Our 700-acre Demeter certified 650A Biodynamic® farm includes dairy cows, vegetables, a creamery, an organic bakery, a sauerkraut cellar, and more. Our Farm Store is a full-line natural foods store open 7 days a week.

Our work revolves around cultivating relationships: with the earth, our surrounding communities and landscape, and with one another. The times are calling for a new form of agriculture – Agriculture 3.0 – that requires a radically enlarged context of sound farming principles, new economic forms and parameters, and renewed recognition of the role of agriculture and agriculturists in our culture and society. 

The farm includes:

  • A 60-cow dairy herd which supplies milk to the Creamery
  • 10 acres of vegetables which support a 300-member CSA
  • The 2-acre Corner Garden which provides produce for departments and programs across campus
  • 20 pigs who eat the “waste” whey from the Creamery
  • 40 chickens that provide eggs for the On-Farm Learning programs

The six full-time farmers and eight apprentices work hard year-round to tend the plants and animals of the farm, in addition to monitoring the health of the whole farm organism.

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