Cane Creek Farm is thrilled to be going into the SECOND YEAR of our Cane Creek Stewardship Camp, Summer 2023 in Snow Camp, NC!
Join us for 1-6 weeks of hands-on, nature-centered camp at the farm!
Do your kids ever dream of spending a week on the farm, seeing the multitude of animals and equipment, helping us clear a creek, build a trail, or even paint a bus? Or perhaps your teen would like to get their first camp leadership experience? Maybe you are a community elder who has a unique story or craft to share?
Our dream for Cane Creek Farm is to be a safe haven where everyone can come to be close to the earth, to work hard together, and to share in the joys of nature. The Camp team is committed to bringing youth to the farm to foster a sense of connection to the land, animals, and community, just as Eliza MacLean does every day on her farm.
Children ages 4-11 are invited to participate in one or all six weeks of camp, running June 12 to July 28 (with the exception of the week of July 4th), with each week having a certain theme that guides campers through the myriad of daily experiences on a working farm! You can expect your kids to enjoy age-appropriate, hands on farm work including animal care, vegetable gardening, creek restoration, and forest interpretation–as well as classic but all nature and culture-inspired camp activities like arts and crafts, fort building, music and movement, and more!
Read camp details, such as location, age groupings, weekly activities according to camp theme here.
Meet the camp instructors here.
See registration options and register here!
A note from farm-owner and operator Eliza:
Cane Creek Farm is a rotational grazing livestock operation that produces meat, eggs, and vegetables. We supply our Local Butcher shop in Saxapahaw, Left Bank Butchery, local farmers markets, and have collaborated with restaurants in the area for 20 years.
We have long thought of creating a camp for kids to have more access to the outdoors, specifically in a farm setting in order to gain experience in caring for different species of livestock and poultry in age-appropriate ways. These animals are doing the important work of soil building and creating cleaner water and air by living and “working” our pastures and woods. Many of them move daily, so it is quite a dynamic setting!
We have landed at our “forever” farm and have streams to restore and perennial gardens to build. With all the beautiful barns and giant shade trees and trails to explore, there are endless outdoor spaces to play in and connect with. There is a rich history dating back to when Quakers settled this area, and farmers fed their neighbors and people visited one another. That still happens here and this place is welcoming and feels loved, and returns the favor to all that come here.
More than ever, our time outside seems to promote peace, and our vision is that the same will hold true for your children at Cane Creek Stewardship Camp this summer. While much can be done online, there is nothing like a hard day’s work on a farm!
We purposefully chose “Stewardship Camp” as a guiding principle for our young campers. After just one summer we hope they will leave here with a renewed sense of responsibility towards, and connection, with the earth.
We hope you’ll join us for a summer of beauty and adventure!
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”J.R.R. Tolkien