Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are dogs allowed at the farm?
A: Here's Our Dog Policy...
Dogs on the farm are a privilege and not a right. Every person who brings a dog on the property must be aware of the following dog policy:
Do you do trail rides or Pony Rides?
Not really. Not unless you're pretty advanced and can walk, trot, and canter without stirrups. We do pony rides on special event days (family day, easter, and weekends in October)
Do you teach adults or infants to ride horses?
Yep, everyone! We also do thereapeutic programs for people with disabilities (STARS)
Can I just drop in with my family?
Yes, come down anytime during our hours (9ish to 6ish) and ask a farmer what's happening that day. (No need to call first, entry is by donation)
Q: What activities will Farm Campers take part in?
A: Each farm program is different. However in all our programs we aim to challenge participants and introduce them to new skills. We find many participants leave our programs with a new found confidence, sense of responsibility, and curiosity. Here's an idea of what we do in some of our programs: We bake bread in the cob oven - first building the fire, threshing and milling the wheat, and kneading the dough; We care for the farm animals - collect eggs, clean out stalls, milk the goats, and check to make sure everyone always has plenty of fresh water; We farm- pruning, weeding, harvesting, (as well as taking part in the other side of being a farmer- marketing, packaging, preserving, and selling our bounty at our farm gate sales); We build - using wood and other natural materials we use our hands to do jobs around the farm, build mason bee houses to take home, or get creative; We explore the natural world and try to encourage each participants' unique curiosity.
Q: Can I visit the farm outside of our program hours and show my friends around?
A: Yes! Please come down and visit us on the farm between 9am and 7pm. And while you're here please think of yourself as a fellow farmer and not just a visitor! Pitch in where you can and get the full farm experience! Ask a farmer what you can do to help, whether it's raking the path shoveling compost, filling water buckets, or weeding the blueberry patch everything counts. Make sure to let us know you're here by checking in at the office or talking to a farmer. We ask that no one without a farm staff supervisor visits the adjoining Maynard family home without a staff member (where the ducks and Toque and Mittens the sheep live.)
Q: Can I drop in for a program and see how I like it before registering for the full week?
A: Yes this is a possibility, depending on registration numbers in the program. Call us for more information (778 772 7328).
Q: I can't come for the whole program because of other commitments. Can I be refunded for the days I miss, or make it up another time?
A: It depends on the program you register for, so it's best to call us and let us know as soon as you know there is a conflict in your schedule. We will do our best to help out. For some programs such as Seasoned Farmers it may be possible to come on a different day, or make up the time you missed independently.
Q: What is your policy on food allergies?
A: Our programs are NOT nut free. We do not however explicitly cook with peanuts in our food activities. There are hazelnuts on the farm and we do roast them in the cob oven. If your child has allergies, please alert us in your registration and alert the group Leaders and we will make an effort to create a safe environment for them.
Q: Are there animals on the farm?
A: Yes! Southlands Farm has two flocks of laying hens, Muscovy and Khaki Campbell ducks, pigs, sheep, dairy goats, many horses, and several bee hives. All are friendly when treated with respect and we aim to introduce campers to all our animals and their role on the farm.
Q: Is Southlands Farm accessible to people with disabilities?
A: We try our best to keep the farm accessible. Some areas of the farm however have difficult terrain for a wheelchair. We also run a therapeutic horse riding program called STaRS. Please call us if you have any questions. The bathroom on the deck is wheelchair accessible.
Q: Can I print the waiver and bring it to the first day of camp?
A: Wow! What a great idea... yes you can. Click Here
Q: What is the minimum and maximum age for campers at Young Farmers?
A: The camp is designed for children ages 6 to 12. For children under 6 years old we have a pre-school horse riding camp. For would-be campers over 12 years old we have the Seasoned Farmers program.
Q: What is your cancelation policy?
A: To optimize the instructor to counselor ratio, we need to know how many registrants we have for each program at least 2 weeks ahead of time. This is why we ask that places in the camp are reserved with payment. If your summer plans change and you would like to drop out of the camp, to obtain a refund (less a 5% cancelation fee) we ask for 2 weeks notice. Credits and refunds are not issued for no-shows or cancelations made the day of camp. This is because we will already have hired our instructors for that week. If you have a legitimate medical reason for being unable to attend, please let us know.
Q: What is the Farm's purpose?
A: Grow. Educate. Protect.
Grow - good food, following sound agroecological principles and involve the public in the process.
Educate - and empower youth to change the world! By giving them real responsibility and real-life skills combined with a knowledge and feel for the natural world around them. Our Educators are passionate, enthusiastic farmers and mentors, who understand the importance of experiential learning. "Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and it will become a part of me."
Protect - agricultural land and the natural and human resources necessary to sustain our food systems. We feel that there is NOTHING more important in the world than seeds, breeds, soil, and water, and a community of knowledge that knows how to use them. Farmland and the knowledge of how to farm sustainably is disappearing. Without these, who will grow the food we get in the grocery store? "No Farms, No Food."