At The Vermont Farm and Forest School we value foundations built with deep connections to the natural world, in order to recognize our human impact on the earth. We believe people need the tools to connect to oneself, one another, and the natural world. We aim to provide experiences immersed in the web of life, making visible our interdependence and practicing stewardship of the land.
Why is being outside important?
Studies show being outside in nature builds confidence, teaches responsibility, promotes creativity and imagination, reduces stress and fatigue, and gets people moving.
Open School Day ~ Friday, January 24th, March 20th, May 1st, May 22nd
8:30-3:00 $50, $80 for 2 siblings
Spend a day like a VT Farm and Forest Schooler
For more information & to sign up please contact
Misse at firstname.lastname@example.org
Space is limited, so reserve your space now.
Summer Camp 2020
Open House – Saturday, May 16th 1-3pm
Stop in to meet and greet the Vermont Farm and Forest School staff. Tour the farm and learn all about Drift Farmstead and The Farm School and summer camps.
FULL — Mentor In Training (MIT) Each Camp Week
12 + Year Olds: Students learn the importance of Mentorship. They are trained and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime. $150 per week Training date: Saturday, May 16th 10-3pm.
16 + Years Old: Must have been a MIT for at least one year. Mentors take on more of a leadership role, learning how to build on ones own strengths while supporting growth in others. This is a stipend position.
June 22-26 Farm and Movement Week – Half Day/Full Day
3-7 years old – Through stories, games, and nature play campers will learn to move like animals from both the farm and forest. Campers will also find out what life is like for different farm and forest animals, exploring what they eat and what their homes are like. Farm campers will have the opportunity to tend the vegetables, taste, explore and have lots of creative time in the forest.
June 29-July 3 Farm Week – Half Day/Full Day
3-7 years old – Live and Love life on the farm. Explore the in’s and out’s of what the farm is all about. Campers will play, create, build, dig, harvest, munch and crunch on what the farm has to offer.
July 6-10 Farm & Movement Week – Full Day
5-11 years old – Live and Love life on the farm through story for the older campers. Explore the in’s and out’s of what the farm is all about through story telling. Campers will play, create, build, dig, harvest, munch and crunch on what the farm has to offer all while writing and acting their own story.
July 13-17 Survival Adventures I – Full Day
5-11 years old – Campers will explore the woods through free play, structured games, and activities. Imagine if you lived in the woods. How would you stay warm and safe at night? What would you eat and drink? Create your own shelters, build your own fires, and learn how to find your way out of the wilderness. Campers will play games, explore the many habitats at Drift Farmstead, and have free play in the forest.
July 20-24 Habitats – Full Day
5-11 years old – Campers will explore the many habitats at Drift Farmstead to discover who lives there. Through stories, games, and nature play campers will learn about the world they live in. Campers will also find out what life is like for different farm and forest animals, exploring what they eat and what their homes are like. Farm campers will have the opportunity to tend the vegetables, taste, explore and have lots of creative time in the forest.
July 27-31 Interesting World of Insects – Full Day
5-11 years old – Campers will take a close look at the world of insects. Where do they live, how many different species can we find, and how are the many insects we find alike and different? If monarchs are out and about, we will be part of a citizen science project with Monarch Watch by safely capturing and tagging monarch butterflies. Campers will play games, explore the many habitats at Drift Farmstead, and have free play in the forest.
August 10-14 Survival Adventures II – Full Day
7-11 years old – Campers will learn hands-on survival skills. This week is an extension of the Survival I. There is not a need to attend session I, only the interest in deepening skills such as spoon carving, bow and arrow, navigation, tracking, etc.
SUMMER CAMP DETAILS:
Full Day: 8:30 am-3:00 pm. $250
Half Day: 8:30 am-11:30 am. Sliding scale $150/week.
Sign up for three or more weeks and full day is $200/week.
Mentor In Training: Full Day: $100/week; Half Day: $50/week.
Scholarships: At this point we do not have scholarships funds–please check back in March. We will give out scholarships until our funding runs out. Please submit a copy of your SNAP benefits card to apply. If you do not receive SNAP benefits, please submit a letter describing why you are requesting a scholarship. Families who receive a scholarship will be asked to pay $50/week for full day camp, $25/week for half day camp (receiving $175 in aid for full day, and $100 for half day).
After and before care is available upon request.
To apply to be a Mentor In Training, click here: MIT Application
To sign up for camp please fill out this form:
Farm and Forest School Year 2020:
The Vermont Farm and Forest School follows the flow of the seasons. We begin in the fall, when students harvest, process, and prepare food using simple tools and techniques. Moving through the seasons students will learn the basics of primitive skills: how to build and sustain a fire, how to make a shelter, how to use a knife, and how to navigate. With the spring, we welcome new life through planting. These experiences will empower students to be self motivated, resilient, and independent thinkers. Opportunities for leadership and collaboration are interwoven throughout the program.
** Please contact us if you are interested in mid-year enrollment.**
Ages: PK-6th grade (4-12 year olds)
7th/8th graders can apply to be Mentors-In-Training.
2020 dates–Fridays 8:30am-3:00pm: Dates coming soon…. 30 sessions total
Price: $1,500 ($50 per session) Payment plans are available.
Contact us at: email@example.com
Vermont Farm and Forest School Educators
Misse Axelrod, Farmer/Owner and School Founder: Misse is a farm and food educator with 20 years of experience in sustainable agriculture and educating wondrous minds. Misse values community growth both in the natural and human world. Digging in the dirt, building strong relationships and growing strong minds is the utmost enjoyment for Misse. When not on the farm you can find Misse with her family hiking, biking, traveling, swimming and dreaming of more resilient communities and minds. Misse has a B.A. in Sustainable Agriculture through Community Food Systems from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.
Lisa Frost, School Co-Founder/Educator: As a child Lisa played in the woods often, imagining that she was lost and needed to survive until she could find civilization. In Lisa’s interactive play she built shelters to survive the night, made fires to cook whatever rations she had, hunted animals, and found water. Today, Lisa aspires to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle, akin in some respect to her childhood games. As an educator Lisa seeks to guide children on their own path of curiosity and investigation. She has a BA in Environmental Science from Willamette University and a Masters of Education from Antioch University in Keene, NH.
Jaime Cipperly Cotton, Educator: Jaime is an outdoor and environmental educator whose passion for kids and for the environment is woven into the fabric of her teaching style. She creates the space for kids to discover how the world around them works and is interconnected. Jaime is endlessly moved by the beauty of the natural world and its inner workings and is inspired to share that joy with others. Jaime loves spending time with her family skiing, biking, swimming, hiking, gardening, and playing outside.
Jaime has a B.A. from UNH, Durham, in Environmental Conservation and has an M.S. from Antioch University, Keene, NH, in Environmental Studies. Jaime is Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified.
Kelly Guardino, Farm Hand and Farm to School Enthusiast: Since a young girl Kelly always enjoyed two things: being outdoors & being around/working with young children. She grew up in the Mad River Valley where the local food movement has been at Vermont’s forefront. Kelly supports the Farm to School program conducting taste tests, teaching My Plate Nutrition classes and growing school gardens. During the summer you can find Kelly covered in dirt in fields at the farm.