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Samantha taught her first summer camp the summer of 1999, 7 months pregnant with a 2yr old in tow. A friend asked if she would be the 2nd adult in a sweet little camp she was running. Sam had a blast, it was exhausting, but she had so much fun! She knew then that she wanted to incorporate education into their very (at that time) nebulous farm plan.
 
As Scott and Samantha's farm evolved and their children grew, Samantha started offering more camps to more kids focusing on themes that meant something to her (and would entertain their personal kids).

 

All Bull City Farm's camps focus on the animals with a slight twist for the afternoon activities. They've have done everything from stop motion animation films to play production to group games to homestead crafts, but Samantha's favorites are Cow and Story Camps. Now she works alongside her eldest to provide some of the most creative farming camps around.

It doesn’t just end there, once you been bitten by the teaching bug it bleeds into all parts of your business! From chatting to our customers about the importance of sustainability, to discussing farming trials and tribulations with our fellow farmers, we see knowledge as something to be shared with your community.

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2022 Summer Camps

Spend the Summer at Bull City Farm

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Cow Camp

For rising kindergarten and up, this session is all about our beautiful Jersey cows and calves. You’ll learn how to milk, feed, halter and show them off to their best advantage. Hopefully we'll end the week with the Central Carolina District Junior Dairy Show in Hillsborough open to family and friends (COVID allowing). If the show is not a go then we’ll have our own show on the farm.

9am-2pm
 June 20th-24th
$315 or $295 with sibling/multi camp
For rising kindergarten and up
After Camp is available for a fee

Farm Animal Camp

For rising kindergarten and up- Kids love animals and animals love kids, for the most part. Farm Animal Camp will teach your children how to interact with the 5 main groups of animals we have on the farm. As with all our camps, the morning will be spent feeding and taking care of all the animals. The afternoon will be spent with a focus on one of the groups we have on the farm (cows, pigs, chickens, horses and sheep). They’ll learn how to “read” the animal’s body language, how to care for them and what diseases and pests trouble them. This camp is a great introduction to the farm for kids who have never experienced farm animals up close but designed to broaden the knowledge base of even our most experienced Bull City Farm kids. There will be something for every experience level.

 June13th-17th
9am-2pm
$300 or $280 with sibling/multi camp
For rising kindergarten and up
After Camp is available for a fee
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Story Camp

Dungeons and Dragons Style

For rising 2nd grade and up, things get a little imaginative in Story Camp. Kids participate in a week-long tale where their decisions and actions shape the story around them. This camp will be tailored to the group of kids that week with the head councilor, Mira, acting as the guide and narrator. Much like a live D&D game, any actions taken will be followed by the roll of the dice, bringing an element of suspense as the kids anxiously wait for the dice to settle not knowing if luck is on their side. The kids will spend the first day learning the ins and outs of character creation and perfecting their own hero to play. The rest of the week will have a different conflict with the final day concluding in an epic finale! Don’t worry though! The kids will still feed the animals in the morning and get to explore the farm as much as they want

9am-2pm
 June 27th-July 1st
$300 or $280 with sibling/multi camp
For rising 2nd grade and up
After Camp is available for a fee
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We will be outside 100% of the time and will follow all county, state and federal recommendations and adjust as necessary.  If your child is sick please keep them home

2022 Summer Camps

Covid Accommodations

 

Adult Classes

Whether you're looking to start livestock farm, starting a backyard coop, see homesteading in your future or just love to learn, we've got a whole slate of interesting classes for you this Spring. With our new classroom we have plenty of room to distance and stay safe.

This year we're offering more than just Cheesemaking and Sausage making, we've got something for everyone.

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Gourmet Meal

Whole Animal Butchery

Poultry edition

10am to ~2pm
 Sunday May 1st 
$100

We’ve got a great lineup of butchery classes for you this year. Guest butcher, Cecilie May will join us for an afternoon of “how to” to kick off our on-farm educational series.

Cecilie will walk us through breaking down a whole chicken (from Snipe Creek Farm), a duck (from Rocky Run Farm) and one of our turkeys. You’ll learn how to get the most out of your locally pasture raised birds. Bring a cooler because you'll go home with plenty of high quality pastured poultry and a few recipes to try.

Cheese Making

10am to ~3pm
 Sunday March 20th 
$100

Making cheese in your kitchen is much easier than you might first think. This class covers all the basics and will provide a framework for further experimentation. Taught by Bull City Farm’s own Samantha Gasson you will share in her 20 years of home and production cheese making successes and failures. We’ll start with a basic overview including milk quality, bacterial cultures, coagulants and techniques designed to get you started on your own cheese making journey. You will leave with the ingredients (except the milk) necessary to make your first batch of homemade cheese.
We will tour the farm as the cheese making process allows so please bring shoes you don't mind getting dirty.

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Backyard Poultry and More

Turkeys, Chickens, ducks and geese

1pm to ~3pm
 Sunday March 27th 
$50
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Every summer my camp kid's parents ask when I'll start doing camp for adults. Well folks, this is your camp! Scott and Samantha have accumulated a broad set of skills and experiences with livestock making a lot of mistakes along the way. During this workshop we will share the good, the bad and the ugly in an honest discussion of our journey which will, hopefully, send you down the right path on your farming journey (or warn you off before it's too late).

Whether it’s a small backyard flock of hens, a couple of turkey for Thanksgiving or ducks for your pond we’ll cover all your poultry questions.

Do you love to doodle, sketch or draw or do you wish you knew how? Samantha will take you though the basics of composition, perspective and shading. After a quick lesson we’ll explore the farm with notebooks, pencils and erasers sketching as we go.

You’ll go home with the materials and skills to draw to your hearts content.

We get a lot of questions about who does all our farm artwork…Sam, that’s who.

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Art on the Farm

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12pm to ~4pm
 Sunday April 10th
$100
 

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