Make this Summer One to Remember with Farm Camp

Amazing things happen on a farm in summer. Everything is green and growing, and something new crops up almost every day. Summer camp on a farm can be both fun and educational, and the lessons children learn will stick with them for years to come.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport offers several weeks of farm camp, divided into age groups, starting with age 4 to entering kindergarten, on up through to students entering ninth and tenth grade, and young adults age 15-18 can be a part of camp as “junior counselors.” Camps are half or full day, but with Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s nearby Recompence Shore Campground, the entire family can camp out for the week, and they even offer discounts on the camp when you do so.

Both the land and the sea are topics for camp weeks at Wolfe’s Neck. The season starts June 19-23 with “Summer Has Arrived,” during which campers get a little taste of everything that happens on a farm and have the chance to meet the newest residents on the farm – lambs, calves and kids (as in goats). Other weeks focus on the soil, forest to farm, the tide pools and ocean, crops and harvesting, barnyard ecology and more, ending with “Summer’s Last Harvest,” August 21-25.

For teens who really want to immerse themselves in gardening, Wolfe’s Neck has its hugely successful Teen Ag Program. The young crew works in the gardens, manages a CSA and farm stand, and grows thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables for area food pantries.

Wolfe’s Neck also offers weekend family programs such as “Farmer for the Morning,” “Farm Fields” and “Livestock Tour,” and hay wagon rides for all ages. Unveiled this year will be their new livestock education barn. Visit wolfesneckfarm.org for more information.


While Pineland Farms is a working dairy farm, its main purpose is education. The farm offers numerous one-day family programs all year long, especially in the summer months. Pineland has its own creamery, so you can see how cheese is made from start (straight from the cow) to finish, and children even have an opportunity to milk a cow every Friday during “Friday on the Farm” or during the Ice Cream making event. Midweek and weekend programs are offered. Visit pinelandfarms.org for more information.

If you find yourself in central Maine this summer, Hart-to-Hart Farm, a diversified dairy farm in Albion, uses a hands-on approach to teach children about the origins of food and fiber. The farm now has Cassidy’s Kitchen, a fully-equipped facility so that campers get the full farm to table experience. Hart-to-Hart Farm day camps start in June with “Down on the Farm” for ages 5-12 (the week of July 3-7 is reserved for campers age 5-6). Not only do children get to dig into the garden, they also help with chores and even “adopt” their own farm animal for the week. Camp ends with a parade of the animals with which campers worked all week.

During “Farm Extravaganza,” older campers, ages 11-13, “participate in an assortment of farm and forest projects which teach them about sustainable farming practices and approaches to local ecosystems.”  These campers also have a chance to “adopt” an animal.

For the crafty campers, “Critters and Crafters Camp,” offers an opportunity to not only work with animals, but to also turn items and food found on the farm into works of art. Additionally, “Pioneer Week” takes kids back to the 1800s to experience how farming and homesteading was done then. Visit hart2hartfarm.org for more information.