Children’s Garden

Hello from the Children’s Garden! We are excited to start the new season and see all the wonders of the farm spring to life as our younger sharers come to work, play, and explore.

New! Saturday Work Hours Activities

During the 2017 summer season, we are offering structured play time for children ages 4-8 on selected Saturday mornings from 10 am- 12 pm. This complimentary service is available exclusively to parents who are fulfilling their work hours.

We’re excited to have long-time sharer, volunteer coordinator and herb garden manager Sara Abramovitz to run these special Saturday morning programs. Sara is an experienced outdoor educator and children’s developmental specialist with deep knowledge of Stearns Farm and all of its nooks and crannies. She has planned many fun activities!

Parents can sign up their children at the same time they sign up for work hours. To help us with planning, we strongly encourage you to register your children at least 24 hours in advance of your  shift: if there are no children signed up in advance, we may decide to cancel the program on that particular day. If we have more than our limit of children registered, we may ask a parent to help out in the Children’s Garden that day. In that case, helping with the children’s program could count toward your work hours.

The Saturday children’s program will be offered on the following dates: April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17, September 9, September 16, September 23, September 30. To register, click the link for Saturday Mornings at the Children’s Garden on the 2017 Work Hours Sign Up page.

A Fun Place to Play and Learn

The Children’s Garden is always open for play even when the farm is closed. However, we ask that parents monitor their children to ensure that the Garden remains a safe and beautiful play area. Specifically:

  • Please do not allow your children to empty sand out of the sandbox:  it mixes with the surrounding woodchips/mulch, making a mess. Sandcastles, etc. within the sandbox makes everything much neater!
  • Do not allow your children to climb the pergola over the sandbox. It’s so tempting, yes, but also so dangerous. Special care has been taken to ensure that it’s structurally sound, but we’d rather not take chances. There’s a wonderful, sturdy, apple tree just a few feet away that the children love to climb and take pictures in if they’d like.
  • Please do not allow your children to move the tree-stumps scattered through the Garden. We take the time to dig shallow holes in the ground for the tree stumps so they are stable enough to be walked on. By moving the stumps, they are no longer properly secure and pose a safety threat. We’d hate to see sprained ankles or worse!

Thanks for keeping those few things in mind. See you at the farm!