By Fredrica Syren
I think that, these days, children my kids’ ages do not always know where food comes from and what a farm is all about. I wanted Bella to have that knowledge, so last week she went to farm camp and, wow, did she have fun! The camp she attended was the Sugarman’s Farm in Encinitas, San Diego. The camp operated for three days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9am to 1pm.
The camp started each day in the orchard, where the kids would pick oranges that they would make juice from. Then, they would have circle time and drink the juice. Every day they got to spend tons of time with the animals and even go on a short horse back ride, which was Bella’s favorite activity. On the farm there are sheep, goats, dogs, cows, a llama, chickens, turkeys, a bunny and, of course, horses. The kids got to learn how to milk a cow, gather eggs from the chickens and wash the sheep.They also have a fun play area and a tree house the kids could play in. They also did arts and crafts in the middle of the camp day. On the last day, the campers got to play and swim in the pool while closely supervised.
They ate a packed lunch each day but a healthy snack was provided. I liked that the camp sent out an advance list of what each snack was going to be so parents could know what would be served and whether there would be concerns about allergies. One day they served fruit, nuts and yogurt, and on another day, watermelon and popcorn.
The staff is wonderful, so calm and loving towards the children. Each day they send out pictures of our kids and the fun they had. They happily gave the parents a tour of the farm, so we got to meet the animals. I loved that the animals really were healthy, happy farm animals that seemed to really love the kids. When our little campers would approach, they immediately would come to greet them.
I happily recommend farm camp at the Sugarman’s Farm for great fun and a great learning experience.