New Village Farm

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Where

700 Harbor Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 Visit Website | 802-338-0116 | michaela@newvillagefarm.com

Details

Ages: Kinder, Kids, Tweens, Teens Parking: Yes

New Village Farm offers a living space for children to work and play in which they can explore new skills, and experience the best of nature and themselves. They seek to support children in recognizing what they bring to the world, and in knowing themselves to be competent, capable and able to make a difference, to a garden or an animal, a peer, or all of the above.  THey place a lot of trust in them and offer them free time to encounter the farm with minimal adult intervention in order to foster the development of their own internal compass for right and wrong.  They consider our most important work to be keeping them safe while staying out of their way and allowing their skills and imaginations to guide the day.

Summer Camps

  • Farm & Garden for ages 5 - 11
  • Councelors in Trainin ages 12+
  • Crew Camps ages 10+ 

They also offer: 

  • February Vacations Days
  • April Vaction Camp
  • Farm School for K-8
  • Afterschool programming

 

Besides their programming, they have a Farm Stand on site where they sell farm products such as Raw Cow and Goat’s Milk, Pastured Chicken and Eggs, Frozen Grass Fed Beef, and Fresh Vegetable, Herbs and Flowers.

Reviews

5 reviews
  • February 24, 2017
    "Our kindergartener loved this camp last summer. The multiage vibe was wonderful the older kids clearly felt such ownership and connection there. I'd agree with the review that noted how many of the campers seem to come from the immediate vicinityWaldorf we're in the BTV public schools, but Michaela immediately tasked a couple of older girls with bringing our kid into the fold. Just the right balance of looseness and focus for unwinding from the school year. "
    - ONEMamaVT
  • February 12, 2017
    "My children absolutely love this camp it is their favorite!!!"
    - eschramm
  • January 17, 2017
    "My 6year old had the time of his life with Farmer Michaela and her staff! He's already informed me that he is planning on spending much of his summer there again this year. A kindergartener, our little guy isn't big on change, and his teachers recommended he try out some new things last summer to help him work on transitions. We did this camp and a week at Shelburne with the Renaissance School. While he enjoyed both experiences, he requested another week at Farmer Michaela's where he came home each day dirty, proud and tired. Here's what I understand from him that they did each day circle time, chores like helping to water plants, collecting eggs, feeding the animals, fun craft activity, running in the fields, etc. I am sure there was more but 6year olds are not the most reliable tellers of tales. Farmer Michaela is of very good humor and was very patient with our son. Kids get a chance to earn farm bucks for their help with the chores that are redeemable for products from the farm store. Our son was very proud to purchase eggs he helped collect. I cannot recommend this camp enough!"
    - MKMinCharlotte
  • February 9, 2014
    "A wild experience! Our daughter wrestled goats in the pen, make cheese, milked cow, pickled beans...pretty much anything you would do at an actual farm your child will do here. Your child will be dirty and exhausted by the end of the day."
    - KickingMom
  • July 5, 2011
    "Our daughter attended the after school program this spring. She choose to go just one day out of the four days per week the sessions are offered. She also went with a friend. Although she loved her time spent there, she was so glad that she signed up with someone she knew. All of the other children were from the Lake Champlain Waldorf School. Many of them seemed to be using this program as after care. As a matter of fact the New Village Farm teacher goes to the Waldorf School within walking distance each day to pick the kids up and walk them back to the farm. The kids start of with a healthy snack of nuts, apples, cheese, etc provided in the greenhouse area which is fitted with couches and a workspace. They do a naturefarm type craft and then head out to work on the farm and help with the animals. Our daughter was really looking for an after school activity that was hands on with animals and I would say this definitely fit the bill. She fed baby goats, calves, and sheep. Parents also receive regular email updates from the teacher which is nice."
    - missmagpie

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