Farmhands Summer Programs 2019

Registration is now open!
Early registration rates available through Wednesday, May 15th.

REGISTER HERE!

Guidestone partners with local farms, ranches and gardens to provide youth with opportunities to ‘dig in’ and learn how to grow their own food, participate in farm and ranch life, interact with farm animals, and play!

Full and partial scholarships are available.

For more information, please contact Leah Capezio: leah@guidestonecolorado.org or 719-239-0955.

Rancher Mondays
Dates: 9 week series on Mondays – June 3 – Aug 5 (no program July 1)
Ages: Rising K-3rd grades
Time 9am-4pm
Cost: $360
Location: Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida

Join us every Monday at the Hutchinson Homestead to explore the daily lives of ranchers from the past and present. We will kick off each Monday with ranch chores and caring for the resident animals, and then we’ll explore the week’s theme with hands-on activities and adventures! Guest instructors who are experts in their fields will enrich our experience.

The Art of Agriculture
Dates: June 4-6
Age: Rising 2nd-6th
Times: 9am-4pm each day
Cost: $120
Location: Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida

Celebrate agriculture with an artistic flair!  As participants explore the art of growing food, caring for animals and ranching, this week will provide many opportunities to observe, express and honor the uniqueness of an agrarian life and landscape through art.  Creative expression through painting, drawing, music, poetry, crafts and theater will highlight the week. Participants will get to share their work with their families at an end-of-week celebration and performance.

Longfellow School Garden Series
Dates: 6 week series on Tuesdays – June 11 – July 23 (no program July 2)
Ages: Rising K-3rd grades
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $240
Location: Longfellow Elementary School, Salida

How does your garden grow? You get to decide! Tuesdays at the Longfellow garden will feature opportunities to learn and grow through hands-on garden activities, games, songs, stories, walking field trips, and fun with friends! Same drop off and hours as GARNA’s Nature’s Scientists Camp.

Salida Middle School STEM Garden Series
Dates: 6 week series on Thursdays – June 13 – July 25 (no program July 4)
Ages: Rising 4th-6th grades
Time: 9am-4pm
Cost: $240
Location: Salida Middle School, Salida

Bring your curiosity and creativity to the Salida Middle School garden this summer! Investigate agriculture through scientific experiments, engineering challenges, and afternoon field trips in partnership with Chaffee Shuttle. Same drop off and hours as GARNA’s Nature’s Explorers Camp.

Kids in Ag Camp
Dates: June 18-20
Ages: Rising 2nd-6th grades
Times: 9am-4pm each day
Cost: $120
Location: Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida

If you love animals, this camp is for you! Meet and study our meat, milk, egg, and yarn producers, including beef and dairy cattle, goats, sheep, llamas, rabbits and pigs. We’ll learn about the care, feeding, and varieties of these animals, and the agricultural role they play, through the ranchers, veterinarians, and others who raise and care for them. Many of the guest instructors will be kids who are raising animals through the 4H Program. Today’s kids are tomorrow’s farmers and ranchers!

Farm Camp
Dates: June 25-27
Ages: Rising K-6th grades
Times: 9am-4pm each day
Cost: $120
Location: Weathervane Farm, Buena Vista

Spend 3 fun-filled days learning about farming and growing healthy food in the farm fields and greenhouses of Weathervane Farm in Buena Vista!  There will be plenty of opportunities to get hands dirty while assisting with projects around the farm. Additional topics will include food preservation, composting, watering, season extension, soil ecology and more! Art and craft projects, journaling, exploration of the Cottonwood forests and some birding along the Cottonwood Creek will also fill campers’ days.  The week will conclude with a farm feast, harvested and prepared by campers for their families.

Ranch Camp
Dates: July 9-11
Ages: Rising K-6th grades
Times: 9am-4pm each day
Cost: $120
Location: Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida

Become a Junior Rancher! Are you a veteran Hutchinson Homestead camper, eager for something more? This is your opportunity to delve deeper into rancher skills and tasks. Practice skills like roping, irrigating, and pasture management, learn to fashion the tools of the trade, give Rancher Abby a hand in completing an essential ranch project, help with cow and horse care, and more. At the end of camp, we’ll celebrate with a square dance for campers and their families.

Pioneer Camp
Dates: July 23-25
Ages: Rising 2nd-6th grades
Times: 9am-4pm each day
Cost: $120
Location: Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, Salida

Step into the past and experience the homestead as a pioneer! Pioneers had to be resourceful, making many of the things they needed from scratch. Leatherwork, sewing, food preservation, home needs, tools, and even toys and games had to be made by hand. We will practice these skills and imagine homestead life through the eyes and hands of many perspectives, sharing our experiences in a homemade journal. Join us as we walk in the footsteps of the people who have lived and worked at the Hutchinson Homestead!

Ag Camp at the Chaffee County Fair
Dates: July 31 – August 2
Ages: Rising K-6th grades
Times: 9am-4pm each day
Cost: $120
Location: Chaffee County Fairgrounds, Poncha Springs

The heart of the Chaffee County Fair offers a rich environment for discovering agriculture! We will meet at the Fairgrounds each day to learn about the sheep, goats, beef cattle, pigs, rabbits, and poultry at the fair, as well as some of the hands-on activities highlighted through 4H. Be a part of the County Fair in a whole new way!

New this Year! Bringing the Harvest Home
Dates: August 6-8
Ages: Rising K-6th grades
Times 9am-4pm
Cost: $120
Location: Community & School Farm and The Hutchinson Homestead, Salida

In celebration of this bountiful time of year, join in 3-days dedicated to the farming and homesteading techniques that allow us to grow our own food, save it for the winter, and enjoy our harvest. The first day of camp will be held at the Community & School Farm where campers will get to dig in, help on the farm and harvest their bounty. The second and third days will then be held at the Hutchinson Homestead, where students will learn food preservation techniques to preserve their harvest, and host a harvest feast for their families, complete with produce from the farm, homemade butter, Dutch Oven biscuits, hand-churned ice cream and more!