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.

Join our Summer Farm Camp as a Junior Counselor!

Interested in local food, gardening, farming, and/or working with children? Come help with campers, livestock and fields at our beautiful urban farm. Stipends, community service hours and/or vegetables given in exchange for work. To apply, fill out a copy of the 2017 Junior Counselor Application and send to info@newfarminsitute.org.

Help us spread the word about our opportunities for youth to get involved in Green Gate Farms’ mission while earning service hours at our Kids Summer Farm Camp – share and spread our flyers: JuniorCounselorFlyer & 2017 Summer FARM CAMP

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!

Patnerships

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. Please contact us to discuss help with transportation and funding for equipment.

Contact Us

Green Gate Farms
8310 Canoga Ave
Austin, TX 78724

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