Camps and Classes

Cultivating Organic Food, Communities, and Farmers

Farm-based education is for all ages!

The mission of New Farm Institute (NFI) is to educate, assist and inspire citizens and a new generation of sustainable farmers, with a focus on the urban fringe — an area defined as within 30 miles of medium to large cities. We provide Farm-Based Education utilizing our farm as an outdoor classroom

Over the years, our farm has partnered with organizations ranging from Dell Children’s Hospital and  Sustainable Food Center to Whole Foods and the Multicultural Refugee Coalition.

Team building, service learning and outdoor fun come together at our farm. Give us a call to discuss farm projects sure to build community at your school, business, or non-profit.

GUEST TEACHERS WELCOME

Do you have a special skill related to agriculture, gardening, cooking or sustainability you want to share with the community? Become a part of our farm-based education team by becoming a guest speaker/teacher at Green Gate Farms!

Past classes include: beekeeping, composting, rabbit raising and harvesting, chicken harvesting, herbal soapmaking, cheesemaking and more. Just email your course suggestion (include your bio, price, timing) and we’ll see if we can add you to the roster. Send details to info@newfarminstitute with ‘potential guest teacher’ written in the subject line.

Thanks for advancing farm-based education in Central Texas

There is still room in Summer Camp, sign up today and join the fun!

ANNOUNCING 2017 SUMMER CAMP THEMES!

Week 1: June 5-9, 2017 (Creative Cooks)
Campers get to cook with Grandma, make traditional favorites, learn knife skills, create a cookbook, develop recipes, and expand their palate as they eat fresh and delicious goodies daily. We’ll also explore solar oven snacks, firepit grilling, and farmhouse kitchen cooking techniques.

Week 2: June 12-16 (Plant it, Find it, Pick it, Eat it)
Campers participate in the whole farming cycle, from growing to eating. They’ll forage for wild edible plants, care for the farm’s organic vegetables and edible flowers, cook in the solar oven, preserve foods through canning and pickling, develop recipes and eat organic goodies

Week 3: June 19-23 (Livestock Love)
Campers learn about the life cycles and interconnected roles of our farm animals, including newborn kids. They’ll help care for chickens, pigs, goats, rabbits, guinea fowl, and White Socks the horse. This may involve feeding, grooming, collecting eggs, maintaining pasture, and working in the barn.

Week 4: June 26-30 (Creative Cooks)
Campers get to cook with Grandma, make traditional favorites, learn knife skills, create a cookbook, develop recipes, and expand their palate as they eat sample fresh and delicious goodies daily. We will also explore solar oven snacks, firepit grilling, and farmhouse kitchen cooking techniques.

Week 5: July 10-14, 2017 (Livestock Love)
Campers learn about the life cycles and interconnected roles of our farm animals, including newborn kids. They will help care for chickens, pigs, goats, rabbits, guinea fowl, and White Socks the horse! This may involve feeding, grooming, collecting eggs, maintaining pasture, and working in the barn.

Week 6: July 17-21, 2017 (Construction Kids)
Campers create permanent and temporary structures to improve the farm. Experts will teach tool safety, then help with such projects as: tree houses, teepees, forts, bird houses, the chicken coop, art projects, and more!

Partnerships

We partner with dozens of organizations, and Multicultural Refugee Coalition (MRC) is one of our favorites. Since February 2014, our joint MRC Farm Link program has allowed refugees, many of whom were farmers, to get their hands back in the soil to feed their families and make delicious traditional meals using our fresh produce. Your support is needed to help us accommodate the long list of people — from Congo, Nepal, Burma and other countries — eager to participate in this program. An ongoing challenge for participation in this program is providing transportation to the farm and funding for equipment. Please contact us to discuss how you can help.

Contact Us

Green Gate Farms
8310 Canoga Ave
Austin, TX 78724

Email: info@greengatefarms.net
Phone: 512-484-2746