This year there will be a variety of fun and new choices for a great summer of Farm Day Camp fun! All camps are hands on and designed for children to build relationships with the natural world.
4&5-year-olds: Half day fun from 9:00 am to Noon. Bring your swimsuit and your curiosity!
June 16-20 AND July 21-25
Little Sprouts Camp: Spend each morning meeting and feeding farm animals. Then plant seeds, make crafts, and take a quick dip in the creek. This is a fun week full of farm discovery!
All About Animals Camp: Spend each morning meeting and feeding a different farm animal. Then make a craft or do an activity with that animal. There will also be time to explore the garden and take a quick dip in the creek. This is a fun week full of farm discovery!
1st-3rd graders: All-day fun from 8:30am to 5:pm. Bring your swimsuit, a bag lunch, and your curiosity!
June 2-6 AND June 23-27
Gross Camp: How gross can it get down on the farm? Come and find out! This week of Farm Day Camp will focus on bugs, dirt, worms, poop, pigs, snakes, and even cow farts! And there will be lots of traditional Farm Day Camp fun too (like playing in the creek).
June 9-13 AND July 14-18
Too Much Farm Fun: Take care of all the farm animals, grow food, do a little cooking, eat a little homemade ice cream, and play in the creek! All these fun activities will provide an experiential picture of where food comes from!
4th-6th graders & experienced farm day campers):
June 16-20; 8:30-5 M-W; Thurs overnight and leave a noon on Friday
Discover Natural Resources Week…
Growing food requires rain, sun, and healthy soil, right? This week explores these natural resources that we rely on in our daily lives.
Campers will explore where our Greeneville water comes from, and where it goes when we’re finished with it. Go canoeing and explore underground in a cave! Go hiking and explore how soil is regenerated in nature. Also, stay overnight on Thursday in a solar powered straw bale lodge.
Limit 8. $225
July 28-Aug 1; 8:30-5 M-F
Moove over Farm Day Camp: Discover Dairy Week…
Wanna learn an awesome magic trick? This week you’ll learn how to turn grass into ice cream—all you need is Bella the Cow! Come milk Bella AND explore how milking animals work inside and out. Along with that, experience all the yummy things that can be made with milk! We’ll show you the weird and wonderful steps in the process.
Over the week, learn about all 4 cow stomachs and what each of them does. See what an udder looks like on the inside. Visit a production dairy, see cheese making on a huge scale and make your own mozzarella, yoghurt, butter, ice cream and more! Be sure to wear special boots for poop protection! And don’t worry…there will be plenty of time to enjoy hanging out on the farm and to play in the creek too!
Limit 8. $185
* Bathing suit
* Water bottle
* Rain gear
* Extra shoes for the creek with toe protection (please no sandals or flip flops)
* Towel for drying off after a dip in the creek
* Pack a sack lunch each day (except pre-schoolers)
Remember: all clothes that campers wear or bring should be clothes that may get dirty!
Their voices rise and fall in raw harmonies, sometimes breaking off into rounds. The acapella tunes bring to mind old-time church revivals of the early 1900s, but these singers are keeping the tradition of sacred harp alive even today.
Don and Julianne Wiley have been participating in sacred harp for almost 20 years. Julianne describes it as an experience like no other.
“(It’s) a huge wave of sound that just picked me up, bowled me over, pulled me way down and then picked me up again,” she said. “Wow.”
Sacred harp, also called shape note singing, is a community activity open to experienced and inexperienced singers alike. Singers sit in a hollow square formation with one voice part on each side. The square allows the singers to hear one another and also emphasizes that they are their own audience.
The music itself comes from nineteenth century hymnals. Every hymn has four voice parts. Each note of the scale is marked with a different shape to help new singers sight-read the music. Learning the shapes is often easier than learning to read music. At group sings, anyone interested can chose to lead a song. The group will first sing through the shape notes, and then add the lyrics.
Julianne said, “You won’t easily find contemporary hymns which have the vocabulary, the complexity, or the emotional range, caroming from frank fear-and-trembling to outright exaltation as these hymns.”
Shape note singing gained popularity in East Tennessee in the mid-1800s and remained popular through the 1930s. People from around the region would meet for all-day sings. It was a good opportunity for members of different communities and churches to get together. The Harp Singers’ Review, a monthly magazine for the shape note community, was published in Greeneville in the 1910s and ‘20s.
Today, small groups still meet all over the region to participate in sings. One group meets at the Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area every third Sunday at 2 p.m. and another meets at Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church every fourth Sunday at 3 p.m. These groups will also participate in larger sings together, still making shape note singing a great way to meet people from other communities.
While the sacred harp music usually is known for the unusual shapes of the notes, it’s the lyrics combined with the harmonies that make this music so special to the singers.
“It’s not good just because it’s old. It’s good, well, because it’s good,” Don said. “It is one hundred percent democratic. Everyone is equal in the hollow square. It allows us to give voice to our deep beliefs and emotions. We can sing words to each other that we might not be able to express otherwise.”
Terry Bowerman has been raising bees for almost 35 years. His interest began when he and a friend took a bee biology class at University of California at Davis. They decided to go into the bee business together, at one point having 400 hives.
“They’re really fascinating creatures,” Bowerman said.
The hives are made out of wooden frames inside a box. The bees naturally use the frames as a foundation for their honeycombs.
Bees can be raised for their honey, or used to help pollinate crops. Bowerman said his bees had been used to pollinate almonds. “Some people like to eat pollen for their health,” he said. But mainly, bees are raised to produce honey.
“The key to honeybee keeping is to stimulate the queen to start laying eggs in winter,” he explained. This will mean more bees will be collecting at the early possible date in the spring, thus producing more honey. Bowerman uses a two body hive so he can rotate the bodies. This gives the queen enough room to keep producing eggs.