Our first summer four years ago, we heard lots of original lines from campers, many of them posed as questions, e.g.: “You mean us kids are caring for the goats and chickens?” “Wait a second, did you just say we’re harvesting from the garden and cooking the food?” “We’re doing all those dishes?” It didn’t take long to realize we were on to something: a working farm, coupled with wilderness and great food made for a perfect setting to teach connections between food and health.
Nature’s Farm Camp exists: Because the health benefits of swapping screen time for time in nature are overwhelming. So, unless there are emergencies, we are outdoors the entire week of camp – in the woods, fields and stream – and barns and tents. Because the standard American diet causes lots of damage – often, we get in the habit of consuming calories that can barely be defined as food. We aim to develop healthy relationships with food, so campers are involved in all the asp
Deborah, Mike and Sarah, the year-round production farmers and homesteaders at Antiquity Oaks, appreciate seeing all the extra smiles around the farm in July and August. The farmers also love it because they get a partial break from the chores. That’s right. The campers are responsible for helping to keep the operation running. Chores happen twice daily, before breakfast and before dinner. Plus, campers in the Mighty Oaks tent close the chicken coop in the east field at sunse