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really young farmers summer program

Posted: May 18 2011

at Sylvestor Manor.   Young Farmers ages 8-12 and Farm Instructors in Training ages 13-16. Excellent!

Looking for a greener summer program for your kids? Enroll your children ages 8-12 for a week or more in our Young Farmers Program. They’ll learn about the cycles of planting and harvesting; tend vegetable, flower and herb beds; care for chickens; and enjoy workshops with local musicians and artists. Farmers in Training, ages 13-16, are also welcome. Every weekday morning from July 5 through August 26.
$400 per week ($320 four-day week of July 5)
For the registration form, click here.
Young Farmer Program registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications will be accepted until each session is full, at which time a waiting list will be started.
Registration begins on May 4th 2011. Registration forms may be submitted via mail or email.
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, ATTN: YFP PO Box 2029 Shelter Island NY 11964
[email protected]
Each registration form must be complete and accompanied by a full payment. Registration will be confirmed by mail upon receipt of payment. If payment is not submitted with the initial application, Sylvester Manor reserves the right to assign your space to another child.
Please register before June 15, 2011. Withdrawal prior to June 15: 50% refund if space can be filled from our waiting list. If the space cannot be filled, a refund will not be issued.
No refunds will be given after June 15th.


Pick-up is at Sylvester Manor House at 80 North Ferry Road, and drop-off is at Sylvester Manor Farmstand at 21 Manwaring Road.
A written note signed by a parent/guardian is required to release a Young Farmer participant to someone besides a parent/guardian.
Participants and their parents are not allowed onto Manor property before 9:15am. Pick- up is at 12:00PM on Mondays-Thursdays and at 12:30PM on Fridays.


YFP runs Monday through Thursday, rain or shine- from 9:15 AM to 12:00 PM, and on Fridays until 12:30 PM.
The week of July 5th-8th will be a four day week due to the July 4th holiday.
All children need to bring a bottle of water to the program every day. Daily snacks and Friday lunch will be prepared from food we harvest.
Sylvester Manor is not a nut-free facility. While we do not use nut products in our craft or cooking projects, we cannot guarantee children will not be exposed to nuts.
If your child has specific allergies, please alert us during the registration process.
Registered participants will receive a release form which must be signed and submitted prior to entering the program.
Children should dress for the weather and plan to be outdoors all morning. Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!
All children must wear closed-toed shoes with socks above the ankles to this program. Flip-flops and sandals are not acceptable for our activities, and participants will not be permitted to go out with their groups if wearing them.
Please note our programs will include time spent in the direct sun. Sunscreen and a hat are highly recommended.
Please remember to label everything you child brings to the farm.
Children are encouraged to explore the farm with their instructors and enjoy their time as young farmers themselves. During this time they are expected to listen carefully and respect the work of our farmers and staff.
Occasionally, Sylvester Manor staff will take pictures of youth activities for use in farm publications and for advertising promotions. Participant’s names will never be used with these photos.
Please call or Email Marie Manuella if you have any questions.
[email protected]
Phone: 631.749.0626
Sylvester Manor, PO Box 2029, 80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964 www.sylvestermanor.org

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