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greenhouseRed Gate Farm is an educational paulachickenfarm providing farm experiences for children.  The heart of our program lies in real farming for real kids.  We put tools in the child’s hand and let them discover the joys of activity, challenge and satisfaction of a job done well.  Meaningful work at the farm includesyc4smiles caring for animals, tending the gardens, cooking meals, repairing buildings, constructing fences, managing woodlots and any number of other pieces of work that need to be done to maintain a small farm in working order.  As we work side by side, we find companionship in each other, and learn more about ourselves.

leapinglambAt the farm, children find themselves engrossed in new activities, sensations and experiences.  Youngsters eagerly shove on their boots as they hurry out into the rain to gather in the onions that were left out to dry.  Singing songs, we march along the dirt road with tools in hand on our way to the upper field to repair a fenceline.  The older kids laugh and shout as they joenoserace to catch up to the flock of sheep that have escaped into the back pasture.  Quietly, we stand together and gaze upwards at the twinkling lights of the summer night sky and feel the majesty of it all.  In the distant woods, an owl hoots at the moon, and a fox calls out to its mate.  Crickets sing, and we smile and whisper together, walking back to our beds, content in another farm day’s passing.

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If you give a kid a farm…

We’re doing it again!  We’ve launched a
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2014kspicOur new school visit programs have been a great success, and there are two schools that want to send their students: the Gerena School in Springfield with 70 fourth graders and the Buckland Shelburne Elementary with 28 fifth graders.  Many of these students cannot afford to pay for such a program, and so we want to offer them farm scholarships –  following our longstanding belief that money and income should not be a barrier to a farm experience.

Our campaign is intended to raise the funds needed to bring these kids to the farm.  Simply put, if we raise the money, they get to come to the farm!  We need your support!

We have until August 18th to raise the entire amount of money we are shooting for or we lose it all!

Please visit our project and then share it.  As we say on the farm, “many hands make light work!”  Thank you very much in advance!

www.redgatefarm.org/kickstarter

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