Farm-based education is for all ages!
Do you have a farm in your life? All too often, the answer is no, which is why we’ve kept an open gate since our founding in 2006.
We believe there are few experiences as exhilarating (and as necessary) as participating in the life of an authentic, organic farm. Time and again, visitors leave here with pride in newfound skills, deeper connections to their community, and the joy that comes from being in a beautiful natural setting.
Getting your hands in the soil is at the heart of what we do. Team building, service learning and outdoor fun come together at our farm. Give us a call to discuss how we can build community at your school, business, or non-profit.
We welcome your support as we seek to grow more sustainable farmers by educating, assisting and inspiring people of all ages through farm-based education. One of the most important ways we do this is by showcasing the expertise of sustainable, organic farmers. Farmer-led courses ensure that you learn from a local expert while investing in the health of our community. Take a look below at upcoming classes and, farmers, give us a call if you’d like to teach!
GUEST TEACHERS WELCOME
Do you have agriculture, gardening, cooking or sustainability skills you’d like to share with the community? Join us! We’re putting our farm-based education team together now!
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 supporting farm-based education in Central Texas!
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!
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.