Little Homesteaders - Farm School

Important Info

Tuesday/Thursday: 2 pm-4:30 pm

Ages 6-10

15 maximum will be enrolled for the season

A girl holds a chicken in front of the camera

Join us at Blackberry Meadows Farm for our Little Homesteaders classes! We’ll explore the question “Where does our food come from?”. Students will participate in farm chores, cooking projects, foraging, and have lots of time to play as well! This is a project based curriculum so the students will document our research as we explore this important question.  They will come away with a more full understanding of just where the food on their plate comes from!

Little Homesteaders is a fully outdoor class so please come dressed for the elements! We will send a recommended list of gear once your child is registered. Snacks are provided but feel free to send something with your child if they’re a picky eater.

Dates

8 weeks (16 classes)
September 21, 23, 28, 30
October 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
November 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23

About the Staff

Charissa

Charissa will be the lead educator for Blackberry Meadows Farm Camp. She has taught in museums, schools, and cultural institutions for a decade now. Before moving to Pittsburgh, she lived in NYC for six years and taught at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Public Library, the Cooper Hewitt Museum among many others!

Charissa is also a farmer! She is currently raising meat rabbits at Blackberry Meadows Farm and teaching at Temple Ohav Shalom Center for Early Learning. In her free time, she enjoys board games, puzzles, and quilting. Her favorite kind of s’more is a marshmallow between two chocolate chip cookie.

Charissa standing in a field

Lindsay

Lindsay is a PA certified K-12 teacher with over a decade of community-based education experience. Born and raised in the Allegheny Valley, she lived in the Philadelphia region for several years, primarily working in public health before moving home and reconnecting with her roots. She has a passion for helping people to learn about themselves and the world around them through nature connection. Lindsay is currently the youth director at First United Presbyterian Church of Tarentum and co-leader of a Girl Scout troop in Sarver.

She enjoys live music, thunderstorms, bonfires, and time with her dog. Her favorite kind of s’more is a well toasted marshmallow and a peanut butter cup between graham crackers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You will receive a confirmation email with documents that need to be signed. Payment and documents are due before the beginning of camp.

  • Masks are not required. If you prefer having your child wear a mask, you are more than welcome to do that! Students will be outside the whole time, with a few trips to the barn and the greenhouses.

This is a project-based class where we’ll be doing lots of different activities each time we meet. Every class will include time for free-play, a group meeting and discussion, snack time, and farm chores.

Yes, snacks are provided although feel free to send a snack if your child is a picky eater!

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Farm Chores Campers Will Help With

Camp Registration Fee

$320 Per Child

There is a $20 discount for each additional child

Payment can be made by check, through Blackberry Meadows website, or with cash. Please let us know if you would need to break up the price in multiple installments. We are happy to help make it work!

Refunds will only be issued if the weather makes it unsafe for us to be outside. Refunds will be pro-rated for the number of days missed.