Children’s Conference


Children's Conference

We’re growing a new generation of organic farmers and nature enthusiasts. Age-appropriate, hands-on workshops are available for children 5-12. Children have an opportunity to interact with food, animals, art and more. Childcare is available for children 2-4.

Friday 2-3:30

Bubble Fun! Children 5-12

Everyone loves bubbles! We'll use recycled and household materials to make bubble makers of all sorts and experiment to see what works best. How long a bubble can you make? How big? Can you catch a bubble without it popping? Can you make a square bubble? A bubble snake?  Get ready for a bubblyishous fun time!

MariePatrice Masse, Former preschool and elementary teacher, "the funnest grandma", lover of nature and learning, The Seed Snatcher on FB.

Earths Crafts: Homemade Body Butter for Yourself and Others Children 5-12

We will learn how to create and personalize bath and body products, like lotion, cream, lip balm, and  sunscreen, with the understanding that one homemade product can have multiple purposes. Wwe will discuss the properties and benefits of all ingredients.

Sophia Dwinell, Mount Holyoke College student and  a lover of the people, the planet, and our communal growth.

Friday 4-5:30

Building Fairy Houses Children 5-12

Join us to play in the land of Fairy. We will read books about the Fairies, talk about what home and shelter provide for us, build Fairy houses out of found natural materials, draw pictures of the houses, and present our Fairy homes to the group.

Pamela Kimball, Works with energy healing and creating sustainable communities/buildings.

Engaging Kids with Felting Fiber Children 5-12

Felting is a great way to engage kids with farming and the arts! This workshop will demonstrate how to wet felt wool with a K-8 audience.

Ally Hunter, a biologist, farmer, and educator and has been raising Icelandic sheep for 13 years.

Jorge Fernandes, owner-operator of ‘kindurfarm’ which produces natural lamb, mutton, and pork.

Saturday 8-9:30

What's the buzz? Children 5-12

Investigate life of the honeybee and importance to farms. Learn about products of hive, taste honey and work with beeswax.

Mel Gadd, Beekeeper at Drumlin Farm & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Outdoor games! Children 5-12

Come play outside! Hazel will lead games she learned during years of working as a farm-and-nature camp counselor. We will play ball games and running games such as "pony pony cross my pasture" and "silent cow."

Hazel Edwards, Smith College student studying environmental science & policy and sustainable food, Mass Audubon farm camp counselor

Saturday 10-11:30

Wear Your Corn and Crack It Too Children 5-12

String corn kernels and cob disks for ornaments and wearable art.

Judy Isacoff, Environmental educator, nature writer / columnist and landscaper.

Wild Tea Making Children 5-12

We will talk about wild herbs and plants that are good in tea, put together a personal tea mix, take a short gathering walk, and taste some wild teas.

Julie HawkOwl, Mom, lay-herbalist, copy editor, science geek, and farm-fan.

Aidan HawkOwl, Wild edible enthusiast extraordinaire.

Saturday 1-2:30

Kidpreneurs-Make, Market and Sell a Natural Drink Children 5-12

Together we will plan and execute the making and selling of a natural beverage. We will learn about the basics of marketing, persuasive speaking, and closing a deal. We will make posters and create a sales table during the workshop session.

Lee Silverberg, 3rd grade teacher, 4H leader, & owner of Happy Goats Farm.

Diana Phillips, Owner of Happy Goats Farm, has a practice helping folks heal from Lyme disease, and chronic illness.

Visit the Animals Children 2-12

Those Silly Ducks! 1:00-1:40

Ducks give us eggs (big ones!) and meat, and they sure know how to have fun. We could sit and watch them for hours. We'll have Ancona ducks for you to pet and we'll also read some books featuring ducks and talk about taking care of our feathered friends.

Cheri Robartes, Piano Teacher, Homesteader, Filmmaker

Playing Fowl: Caring for Our Chicken Friends 1:40-2:20

Come explore the world of naturally raised chickens for eggs and meat! We will use hands-on learning tools and discuss our experiences with these amusing and industrious creatures!

Claudia Lewis, Retired elementary librarian from Brooklyn

Kristy Delfausse, Avid gardener; likes farm animals

Children and Goats ~ Human and Caprine Come Learn About Goats 2:20-3:00

Kids with Kids - We will bring goat "kids" to meet the children and show them how to care for, approach, feed and groom goats. Each child will have a turn grooming, feeding and walking with the goats.

Alisande Cunningham Sweeney, has been homesteading for many years and delights in teaching goat keeping and permaculture farming.

Liana Sweeney, grew up on two organic farms and has extensive gardening and goat keeping experience.

Saturday 3:15-4:00

Parade Prep and Parade Children 5-12

We will make preparations for a festive parade. We will adorn ourselves, create music, posters and more.We will use willow to make crowns and costumes for the parade. We may also learn basic willow weaving techniques.Parade kick off will be a 4:10 leaving from the Children's Conference. Parents arrive at 4:00 to sign children out before the parade begins.

Melinda McCreven, Horticultural Arts therapist and a willow grower.

Children’s Conference Teachers  

Sunday  8-11:30 (and lunch)

A Morning on the Farm-Location: Hampshire Farm (driveway off of West Street)

Ages 2-12

Parents drive and drop your children at 7:45 at the farm. We will do some harvesting from the fields and garden, visit with the animals, make fiber crafts and make pizza from the cob oven. We will sing a song or two with Tad.  Then at 11:45 parents are welcome to join us for lunch as they pick up their children. There will be teachers assigned for 2-4 age group and age-appropriate activities planned if the other activities are too tiring.

Hope Guardenier, teaches in farms and gardens around the Valley connecting youth to their food and bringing learning to life!

Sunday 1-2:30

Lip Balms and Seed Bombs Children 5-12

We create a seed bombs to help grow local wildflowers to help local bees. We will use beeswax to create flavored lip balms that participants will take home.

Jessica Downing, Middle school science teacher, owner of hobby farm, The Barking Dog Farm, lover of nature.

Plant Prints Children 5-12

We will use plants and flowers we find to make prints on fabric.

Julie HawkOwl, Mom, lay-herbalist, copy editor, science geek, and farm-fan.

Galen HawkOwl, Wild plant enthusiast.