An Overnight Farm Learning Experience for Groups
Spend a day and night in the life of a farmer. From milking the goats, collecting eggs, and feeding the animals in the morning, to specially adapted programs during the day to help your class or scout group achieve their PLO or Badge requirements. And in the evening we'll enjoy dinner around the fire before hitting the straw, where we will sleep in the hayloft of the barn!
See below for standard programs for non-school and school groups.
Standard Program Itinerary
For out-of-school groups (Scouts, Guides, Adult Groups, etc.) Arriving on a Friday or Saturday afternoon departing at noon the following day.
4pm Arrival and unpacking of your overnight equipment in the hayloft. Please check in at the office when you arrive.
4:30-5:30pm Farm Orientation with one of our competent and engaging Farm Educators. We will show your group essential farm skills, help them gain confidence handling animals and farm implements, and show them the boundaries and expectations of the farm.
5:30 - 7:30pm Gap time for your group to make dinner, explore the farm and surrounding ecosystems, and set up camp for the night.
7:30pm Camp fire time and evening farm chores. These may include closing in the chickens and ducks for the night, milking the goats, or feeding and watering the horses. We will supply wood for the fire and a brief orientation to fire building and safety, then the evening is yours!
9:30pm Quiet time. Enjoy the peace and quiet of this rural farm. Watch the owls and bats hunting over the orchard or go on a sensory walk exploring the farm in darkness.
10:30 Bed time. Get cozy in the straw pile in our hayloft and bed down for the night. With the horses underneath you and barn owls in the rafters it is sure to be an unforgettable night. The hayloft is not insulated, so be prepared for the temperature.
7:30am - 8am Farm Chores. (Please wake up early enough to be ready at 7:30am to feed and water the animals.)
8-9am - Breakfast and Clean up of Overnight Equipment. Oatmeal, seasonal fruit, nuts, milk and coffee will be provided.
9-11pm - Flexible program options: This time is reserved for any special activities you would like to lead, farm related workshops, farm chores, and/or PLO or badge related activities. This is also a good time to get some exercise with your group! The Fraser River is 3 blocks South of the farm as well as many other rural attractions within running and walking distance.
11-12 - Farm Lunch. We will work together to harvest food, start the wood-fired cob oven and prepare lunch. Then we will sit down together to enjoy a healthy, seasonal farmers' meal.
12-12:30 Pack up and departure!
Details and Expectations
Standard Program $60 +gst per participant. 1 Leader is free for every 5 children. Minimum registration cost is $600.
For longer programs or altered itineraries please call us for pricing.
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Notes and Expectations
Because the farm is an active and dynamic place the activities scheduled may change or become more awesome. We like to have the flexibility to engage your group in special events such as sheep shearing, honey harvesting, horse shoeing, apple pressing, goat milking, etc. when they happen.
Pack-it-in-Pack-it-out. Visiting the farm, like going on a wilderness camping trip, involves carrying out any garbage you make. We feel producing garbage should not be a part of your farm experience, and this garbage free challenge is a great opportunity for your group to think about their environmental impact! We do have a recycling and compost available.
What to Bring
Clothes for the weather, winter weight sleeping bag, sleeping pad, toothbrush, flashlight, change of clothes, cutlery and plate, bowl, cup, water-bottle, book, any medications, snacks. Optional: games, instruments, camera, food to share.
What not to bring: video games, cell phones, expensive jewelry and clothes that need to stay clean.
Leaders: as above, plus: dinner and breakfast for your group, activities for GAP time, extra flashlights, earplugs for fussy sleepers, group list with medical information, signed waivers for each member of your group, snack food for the group, any extra cooking and baking equipment you may require.
Hayloft - this is where your group will be sleeping unless you choose to set up camp in the orchard. The hayloft is divided into the out-of-bounds hay storage area, and the straw pile. There is a washroom with composting toilet, and a bouldering wall next to the straw pile. Please keep your voices to a library level.
Covered Deck and Library - this area is approximately 15 feet by 40 feet.
Cob Oven Shelter - The food preparation area. Home to the cob ovens, root cellar, sinks, and propane stove.
Toilets - there are 3 toilets on the property: 1 beautiful new toilet by the compost pile, a toilet next to the office, and a composting toilet in the hayloft. There are 8 sinks scattered around the farm for hand washing.
Fire Pit - please keep fires small, and only burn wood in the wood pile next to the fire pit. We have an axe and hatchet - be sure to receive instruction on their use from a farm staff.