Our farm and garden have been a staple of life at Treetops for generations.

Since the 1920s, campers have cared for barnyard animals and participated in the growing and harvesting of food. Today, as one of six unique founding programs in partnership with the Edible Schoolyard, Treetops continues to foster the involvement of children in practices of planting, harvesting, cooking, and composting.

Guiding Principles

  • Children will learn to care for an animal and know what it means to nurture another being.
  • Children will begin to understand where their food comes from and participate in the process of growing and harvesting food.
  • Children will gain a sense of the life cycle of plants and animals, and the interconnectedness of all organisms.
  • By doing farm work, children will recognize the importance of their contributions to the functioning of our community.
  • Time at the farm will help children develop a strong connection to the natural world and a future interest in protecting it.

Farm Educators

Our farm and garden program is led by both a year-round farm manager and a farm educator. In addition, counselors and farm interns contribute their farm expertise.

As educators and agriculturalists, our team continues to develop the Treetops farm and garden program. Connecting farm, garden, and cooking activities to other Treetops program areas is one way we find new and lasting ways to cultivate children’s passion for and ownership in the farm. For instance, campers:

  • knit hats using wool from our sheep
  • make cutting boards in the wood shop for use in the camper kitchen
  • create clay gnomes in the pot shop to hide in the Children’s Garden
  • roast granola in the wood fired ovens for a hiking trip up Cascade Mountain.

While barn and garden chores and community morning work are essential to the success of the farm, fostering creativity and connections are just as vital.