Spring Session of the Homesteaders
Thursday 9 AM-12:30, Ages 8 - 13.
March 14 - May 30(Makeup on May 9). $240
Discover the adventure of living on a small farmstead! Old fashioned know-how is becoming increasingly important - we feel strongly about equipping ourselves and the next generation with the tools of self-reliance. Our weekly routine begins with a visit to the sheep, goats, chickens, and bunnies to tend to their daily needs. We then break for a snack and spend an hour or so on a project - gardening, doing chemistry experiments or creating artistic and practical items. The schedule is loosely created with room for the flexibility that is needed with the often unpredictable nature of farming and animal husbandry.
Schedule of Activities:
Schedule WILL LIKELY change!
This is a general idea and will adjust as events unfold.
Gardening tasks will also be on the schedule!!!
March 14 Lambing & Kidding Season begins!
March 21 Setting up for baby Chicks, Wetfelting a farm scene
March 28 Shearing with Roseann
April 4 Maypole Preparations
April 11 Lambing with the Woolies
April 18 Lambing Cont'd. Also, Carding & Spinning Wool with Roseann
April 25 Finger Knitting & Knitting with Needles
MARK YOUR CALENDARS - APRIL 28TH IS MAYFAIR!!!
May 2 Milking a goat & Knitting Cont'd
May 9 Goats Cheese
May 16 Goats milk soap
May 23 Needlefelting a goat
May 30 Goat's milk Ice Cream
IMPORTANT: Wear farm boots/shoes (no sandals) and a hat.
Bring a water bottle and sunblock and please pack a hearty lunch.
Spring Session of the Little Larks Playgarden
A forest school inspired program taught by Naomi Whiteley, a certified Waldorf teacher.
Scholarship rates are available
March 8- May 3
Ages 2 - 5 -- Class is limited to 4 children.
Spending time in nature is as essential to early childhood as growing food and naptime! In our Little Larks class, we gently introduce young ones to life on a small family farm, including tending for the smaller animals that live here and helping the garden to grow. No matter the weather, we tramp out each morning to explore. Storytime captivates our imagination and in circle, we stretch, bend, jump, sing and engage our whole body as we rustle up our appetite!
Little Larks Daily Rhythm (schedule is approximate)
9:00 - Arrive & play
9:30 - Head down to the barn to visit/feed animals
10:00 - Inside time: Wash up, Potty & Snack
10:30 - Story, circle & playtime in the classroom
11:30 - Tramp out on the farm for free play
12:30 - Picnic lunch (weather permitting)
1:00 - Time to say Goodbye!
PLEASE wear or pack farm appropriate boots (shoes and socks WILL get muddy and wet!). As this is a working farm, there are an abundance of sheep and goat "berries" (poo) that we will likely step through. A "Muddy Buddy" or "Tuffo" or other waterproof outer layer such as raincoat AND rainpants are often needed, even when it isn't raining anymore! Puddles anyone!? In the coldest weather, wool or silk underlayers will make sure children are comfortable and warm.
I bake fresh organic bread served with butter for the children every week (please advice of allergies). Bring a water bottle and sunblock/bug spray as needed. Please also pack a hearty lunch.
Dates and times TBD - Check Facebook to see the next event!
Cost: $10 per family*
Playing in the yard, fields or woods, making mud pies, feeding chickens, romping with the goats or racing around the challenge course are just some of the fun things we might get up to. Little ones will enjoy a small tree fort and slide. Stay and play with your child, breathe in some farm-fresh air and get your "grown-up time" all in one afternoon. Please check our Facebook page for updates on times and dates for the next playgroup.
Hope to see you here at the farm!
*We're inspired!!! We are raising funds for improvements to our play areas - we'd like to purchase child-sized wheelbarrows, quality tricycles/striders, purchase toys for our sandbox as well as create a mud kitchen area for the children to enjoy! Each time you come to playgroup, you help us to realize our vision with your contribution!!!
Summer Camp Options!!!
Family Campout Fundraiser: $150 June 7,8,9
Kick off summer with a mission-minded staycation that will get you in gear and ready to take on the world! Bond together with other like-minded families on the farm - working hard in the garden, playing hard with the kids, taking on farm improvement projects, taking care of the animals and taking walks around our 50 acres of pasture and woods.
Bring your own tent and family food. Bring your muck boots and your toolbox. We'll share dinners together around the campfire and there will be ample opportunity to work hard or kick back as you wish!
Goatherd Camp: $120 June 10,11,12
Three days of fun on the farm playing with baby goats and learning about some of the ways we use goats milk. You’ll meet the sweetest goats around, hear goat stories and sing goat songs. Drop off or mommy/daddy & me!
Day 1 we’ll get to know the farm and play
Day 2 we’ll make goat cheese!
Day 3 we’ll make goat milk ice cream!
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-2
Bring a snack/picnic lunch and a water bottle
Please wear farm boots and you may wish to pack sunblock and a hat
Shepherd Camp: $120 June 17,18,19
Explore the farm, meet the sheep and learn about the life of a shepherd. There are about 70-100 sheep of various colors, sizes and varieties on this farm depending on the season! Our small flock of “woolies” are the perfect lambassadors for you to get to know sheep and lambs. We will also see how their wool is processed and we’ll use some wool for some fun projects! Drop off or mommy/daddy & me.
Day 1 Meet and greet the woolies, play
Day 2 Exploring fiber how wool is made
Day 3 Wetfelting a special item to take home!
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-1
Bring a picnic snack/lunch and a water bottle
Please wear farm boots. You may wish to pack sunblock and a hat.
About Meadowlark Farm School...
The Meadowlark Farm School provides children Waldorf-inspired educational programs on a historic, working sheep and goat farm in rural Fluvanna County.
Meadowlark Farm School's philosophy:
A note about children with learning differences...
All children are welcome to attend the Farm School. I believe as many do, that Waldorf methods provide a healing education. The intentional emphasis that we place on movement and sensory experiences closely align with methods now commonly found in OT centers across the country. I have faced these challenges over the past few years; and as a teacher, I witnessed the number of students with learning differences increasing. I have studied and consulted with mentors to improve my lessons to meet the needs of students with special needs. It is my goal to create a place that engages the child fully and builds a solid foundation for pursuing a life rich in purpose and meaning.