Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s education programs use our unique landscape to bring people of all ages to the farm for hands-on learning experiences. Our educational programs are growing and currently include family programs, group programs, school vacation programs, summer farm camp, after-school programs, Teen Agriculture: Training Farmers, Feeding Mainers, and our recently launched Organic Dairy Research and Farmer Training Program.
Our Family Programs connect visitors with farm-based education and orient them to Wolfe’s Neck Farm and agriculture. Our programs include Farm Explorers, Farmer for the Morning, hay wagon rides, tours of our agricultural activities, and a number of rotating programs for people of all ages.
Wolfe’s Neck Farm Group Programs connect a wide range of groups (mostly schools) to farming, food systems, and ecology through hands-on learning. Our 2-hour Field Trip programs introduce a concept within sustainable agriculture. Farm School is a full-day, multi-day program that delves into a variety of food and agricultural topics.
Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s summer day camp program connects children to the farm, forest, and sea. Farm Camp provides opportunities for youth ages 4 – 17 to learn about sustainable agriculture and ecology by participating in farm work, exploring the outdoors, and engaging with the natural world through seasonally-based educational activities.
The crucial role food plays in supporting the health and vitality of individuals, communities, and the environment is fundamental to Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and our Teen Ag program involves youth in multiple aspects of our foodscape. In response to the need for more practical farm-based training and fresh, locally produced food in our area, Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s Teen Ag program was created. Teen Ag is a 10-week sustainable agriculture immersion program that creates 6-7 summer jobs and provides a supportive point of entry into the workforce for area youth. Participants develop foundational skills in sustainable agriculture—tool use, soil management, crop care and maintenance along its life cycle, weed control, pest management, and harvesting, processing, and storage of crops—as they cultivate all of the farm’s vegetables and fruit, manage our farm stand and CSA, sell to our campground’s Farm Cafe, and provide produce for our farm-to-table events.