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The perfect summer program for our youngest animals enthusiast’s ; Lil Spuds is designed to introduce your child to new interests and making friends in a fun atmosphere. From arts & crafts to learning about farm animals, Lil Spuds enjoy quintessential summer camp customs while making discoveries about themselves and the world around them!
As our farmers grow, so too does their experience! Activities for Sprouts include horticultural projects, building projects, art projects, interpretive trail, animal education and interaction. Sprouts not only enhance their activity-oriented and physical skills, they gain valuable interpersonal skills to help them become more responsible and independent!
Our Budding Farmers are the leaders of tomorrow! Budding Farmers enjoy the core camp program while enjoying additional activities that speak to their age and interests, including off-site day trips to other farms, advanced outdoor exploration and team-building experiences. The Budding Farmers program excels in the fun and skill-building departments counselors ensure the teens stay on track as curious, energetic young people!
Farmers In Training (FIT) Our six-week program is designed for responsible teenagers who are interested in eventually working as farm counselors and docents. The summer will be filled with leadership training, learning about working with children and having fun! FITs must be entering 9th or 10th grade in September 2019. Application and interview will be required to determine acceptance into program.
Practical lessons in the garden enhance and reinforce theoretical learning in the classroom. Students gain respect for nature, manual work, individuals, and the community and have opportunities to grow plants, harvest vegetables, and prepare meals using produce out of the garden.An organic garden provides the grounds for learning. A Professional organic farmer and a licensed Horticulturalist will visit the gardens and offer insight and career opportunities’ in their respective fields. The farm provides vocational training and therapeutic activities for BDFS students while maintaining sustainable agricultural practices.
Advantages of participating in purposeful, supervised gardening activities:
• Enhance self-esteem
• Alleviate depression
• Improve motor skills
• Provide opportunities in problem solving
• Encourage work adjustment
• Improve social interaction and communication
It is Black Dawg Farm and Sanctuaries' goal to operate a superior Equine Education and Intervention program comprised of equine-facilitated learning, vocational training in the barn. In the program, children and teens learn how to care for horses, donkeys and ponies, and to manage their own behavior and emotions to benefit their relationship with the animals.
Program activities also involve Professional Instructors who give carefully guided interactions, helping students to develop ground skills and stable management knowledge that enhance social, emotional, physical and academic growth beyond the horse barn.
Barn Management teaches children horse barn duties such as cleaning stalls. Children also are involved in equine recordkeeping, helping to make financial and management and learning every aspect of operating an equine center. This vocational training builds and enhances organizational skills and allows children and Veterans to recognize their potential in the workplace. For some children the barn management experience motivates them to strive even harder academically, while for others it may pave the way for a career in the equine industry.