New Farm Institute

Cultivating Organic Food, Communities, and Farmers

New Farm Institute’s mission is to educate, assist and inspire citizens and a new generation of sustainable organic farmers, with a focus on the urban fringe — an area defined as within 30 miles of medium to large cities.

Each year, we provide Farm-Based Education to hundreds of individuals and groups — students from kindergarten through college, employees, international visitors and others — by utilizing our farm as a living classroom. Curriculum and activities are tailored to the group and include:

Do you have a special skill related to agriculture, gardening, cooking or sustainability you want to share with the community? Help spread adult farm-based education throughout Austin and guest teach a course at Green Gate Farms!

This past year we held classes on composting, rabbit harvesting, chicken harvesting, herbal soapmaking, cheesemaking and many more! We advertise and provide the space, you provide the knowledge! Please email your class description, pricing, teacher bio and other details to info@newfarminstitute with ‘potential guest teacher’ written in the subject line.

 

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.

Join Us

Please don’t hesitate to get involved with our farm-based education programs. There is always plenty to do for all ages.  Volunteers and donors welcome.

Contact Us

Green Gate Farms
8310 Canoga Ave
Austin, TX 78724

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