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“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source, and destination of all.”

Wendell Berry

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In this busy world we live in, we can sometimes get lost as to what’s important – for ourselves and especially for our children.  Getting outside and experiencing nature is what childhood should be about.  It excites the senses and encourages the world of exploration.  Education is key to our mission at Valley Crest Farm & Preserve. Our goal is to foster a learning environment by bringing families outdoors to experience nature and life on a farm – picking a fresh apple off a tree, exploring streams and ponds for insects, or planting a seed to watch it grow into a delicious vegetable is what we do through our family programs and classes that are not only educational for FUN for the entire family!

Upcoming Programs at the Farm

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DIG, SOW, GROW! GARDEN SERIES

Ask children where their food comes from, and they’ll probably say McDonald's or the grocery store.  With more children on the computer and fewer outside in nature, this lack of connection with our food sources has become a systemic problem in our country.  A child’s health education starts with early nutrition and the belief is that if you start them early on healthy foods, it will set a habit for them later.

With this in mind, Valley Crest is offering Dig, Sow, Grow! in 2017. This program will meet once a week for 7 weeks and is best for 7-12 year olds. Young farmers will meet at Valley Crest to learn about plant, soil and nutrition science and to work on their own garden. At the end of the 7 weeks, these young farmers will harvest their produce and use it to create a snack that they will enjoy with their families. A true farm- to- table experience!

Meetings are once a week from May 16 through June 27. Each Tuesday we will meet from 10am- 11am. Our final day will include a "harvest party," so young farmers are encouraged to stay until 11:30am.

To register, please email info@valleycrestfarmnj.org, call Rachel (908) 531 0305 or CLICK HERE to book online.

Sustainability Merit Badge

Scouts earn their Sustainability merit badge. This eagle- required badge will be completed over two class sessions and home study. Scouts must attend both sessions to earn their badge. If they are unable to attend both alternate arrangements must be made with the counselor. Class sessions take place March 28 and April 4 from 4- 5:30pm. Scouts must come dressed for the weather and must provide their own blue card.

March 28 and April 4: 4- 5:30 pm

Pre- registration is required. Please register through our events page or by emailing Rachel at education@valleycrestfarmnj.org

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To schedule a program at the farm, Rachel McGovern, naturalist and educator at: education@valleycrestfarmnj.org or call 908 531 0305. She will be glad to create an informative and fun-filled program for your students or scout group. Most of our public family programs begin in May and run through November.  For children-only programs, fee is $5-7 per child and chaperones are free. For a few programs there is a small additional charge for materials. All program dates are subject to change.

NATURE BIRTHDAY PARTIES

For a unique experience to celebrate your child's birthday, come to Valley Crest! For a 3 hour party the fee is $250 for up to 25 guests. One hour will be devoted to a fun-filled and educational nature program with 2 hours for the party, setup and breakdown. Valley Crest provides tables and chairs and parents are responsible for decorations, food, drink, etc. We also require a $100 security/damage deposit that is refundable after the party. We also ask parents and family to chaperone, as needed.  For details, please email: info@valleycrestfarmnj.org or call 908.455.0691.

 

 

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Valley Crest Farm & Preserve grows and donates fresh produce to help people in need, maintains its farm and forest for education and recreation, and encourages respect for farms and nature.

Valley Crest Preserve Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

14 Allerton Road, Lebanon, NJ 08833 • 908-238-9696 • info@valleycrestfarmnj.com