Welcome to our Junior Homesteaders program! Our program is tailored to school-aged children who are interested in learning self-sustainable skills such as animal husbandry, gardening, baking, and simple shop skills. We provide a unique opportunity for children to immerse themselves in the homestead lifestyle and gain valuable knowledge that will last a lifetime. Join us and let your child experience the joys of self-sufficiency!
Junior Homesteaders is an enrichment program offering elective style classes that focus on homesteading and sustainable living. Classes are once a week on Wednedays from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Class will include theory, hands on activies/projects, farm involvement, with time to explore the homestead and surrounding nature with their friends. Supervised of course.
Throughout the duration of this program, junior homesteaders will have regular responsibilies that change with the season. Examples include: caring for and milking dairy cows, raising chics, maintaining a community garden, and baking fresh breads and goodies for their family.
Junior homesteaders program is a three semester program from September to May. Our semesters are organized by seaon (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and classes take place once a week. Enrollment is a commitment for the whole program, not single classes. We feel strongly about the importance of what we do as homesteaders and farmers. The skills this program teaches are designed to change naturally with each season and it's unique challenges and blessings.
Experience & Atmosphere
The Junior Homesteaders program takes place right here on our dairy farm and family homestead. Seven Pines Farm is a small scale raw milk dairy that serves our local community through herdshares. We have recently aquired additional land surrounding us that we will be using to plant crop and start a beef herd. It will be an exciting time for the children to witness the start and development of these major farming ventures.
At the front of the farm we have an orchard with apple, plum, pear, and pecan trees that will aid in education. Children will be able to pick fresh produce as it comes in season and share with their family.
At the back of the farm we have a couple acres of wooded land with a shallow creek running through. We will use this space frequently to explore and learn how the ecosystem changes with different seasons.
While we intend to spend most of our time outside learning, we do have a spacious and cozy one room schoolhouse situated at the front of the property should we want to get out of any weather. The schoolhouse is also where we will do drop off and pick up.
Enrollment is capped at 20 students. Once that limit has been reached, interested families are welcome to join the waitlist. Class payments can be made per month or per semester. However, payment is due prior to the start of classes each month. We require 30 days notice of intent before dropping out of class with no charge.
At the time of enrollment, first month of classes and the annnual supply fee will be due.
Class price: $50 / $200 month
Sibling discount: $180 month
Annual Supply Fee: $100
Supply Fee Breakdown:
The projects and skills that will be completed during the course of this program require specific materials and tools. We want to make sure students are equipped with high quality materials to enhance their learning experience. The $100 annual supply fee is carefully curated to cover all the supplies required for the entire year and esures all student have equal quality resources.
What Does the Fee Cover?
1. General School Supplies: This includes all the essentials such as notebooks, crayons, art/craft supplies, and other educational materials used in daily activites.
2. Building Materials: For projects involving contruction or crafting, weprovide a variety of building material suitable for young hands.
3. Gardening Tools: Each child will recieve their own set of garening tools,promoting a personal anf hands on experience in our gardening modules.
4. Personal Cookware: For the baking and cooking sessions, children are provided with their own cookware which they will use to practice and perfect their culinary skills.
Quality and Sourcing:
We take great pride in sourcing our supplies from local small businesses. Ny doing so, we support our community anf ensure the materials provided to our junior homesteaders are quality. This commitment to quality and community is a core part of our program's philosophy reflecting in the tools and materials our students use every week.
End of Year Gifts:
In line with our ethos of sustainability and continued learning, the gardening tools and cookware will be gifted to the children at the end of the year. This gesture is to encourage them to continue developing their new found skills at home.
Check in & welcome meeting
Morning Farm Chores
hands on activity/project
Homestead freedom/nature exploration
The above is an idea of a general day. There may be days that change slightly due to a guest speaker/demonstration, a more time consuming project, or special event. However, kids will always have a chance to explore and play weather permitting.