Sunday, May 5, 2013


In "The Old Days" as the farm campers like to say, everyone kept a cow or goat to provide the family's dairy needs. Making cheese and butter was a weekly task and the butt'ry was kept filled with the wonderful end result of the work. At Camp, the children learn to care for and milk the goats. Since almost everything we eat during the week comes from the farm and the children's own efforts, cheese making is an important and fun task. Not only is everyone amazed when the cheese is taken out of the press and the cheesecloth removed, but they are delighted with the taste. of course, some always goes home to share with mom and dad. It seems we can never make too much! 


Campers learn how to tend our flock of rare breed sheep and also take part in shearing.  After shearing, they wash, card and spin wool ~all by hand. Each child gains a true understanding of the painstaking work done by past generations.  Everyone is amazed by the amount of work that it took just to clothe oneself, much less an entire family. It is a serious, but really fun lesson in the value of work!