VT Farm and Forest School


At The Vermont Farm and Forest School we value foundations built with deep connections to the natural world, in order to recognize our human impact on the earth. We believe people need the tools to connect to oneself, one another, and the natural world. We aim to provide experiences immersed in the web of life,  making visible our interdependence and practicing stewardship of the land.

Why is being outside important? 

Studies show being outside in nature builds confidence, teaches responsibility, promotes creativity and imagination, reduces stress and fatigue, and gets people moving.


Open School Day ~ Friday, October 11th  & Friday, October 18th
8:30-3:00 $50, $80 for 2 siblings
ages 4-10
Spend a day like a VT Farm and Forest Schooler
For more information & to sign up please contact
Misse at vtfarmandforestschool@gmail.com

Space is limited, so reserve your space now.


Summer Camp  2019

FULL — June 24-28 Farm Week –  Half Day/Full Day

3-7 years old – Using our imaginations we will become farmers in both the field and forest of Drift Farmstead. We will find out what life is like for different farm animals, exploring what they eat and what their homes are like. Farm campers will also tend the vegetables, taste, explore and have lots of creative time in the forest. 

FULL —  July 8-12  Survival Adventures I

5-11 yr olds: Campers will explore the woods through free play, structured games, and activities. Imagine you lived in the woods. How would you stay warm and safe at night? What would you eat and drink? Create your own shelters, traps, and learn how to find your way out of the wilderness. 

 July 15-19 Explorers

5-11 Year Olds:  Campers will explore the farm through a scientists eye. Fun, hands-on exploration will spark their inner curiosity. 

 July 22-July 26  Animals – Half Day/Full Day

3-7 Year Olds:  Campers will explore the farm through animal eyes. Exploration will include both wildlife and farm life. 

August 5 – 9 Farm & Cooking

5-11 Year Olds: Campers will have creative and delicious fun with garden harvest, tasting new foods and preparing meals with the farm’s new masonry outdoor pizza oven! 

 FULL —  August 12 – 16 Survival Adventures II

5-11 Year Olds: No need to have attended the first week, but if you do, this week will build upon skills. For new comers skills will be taught. 

FULL — Mentor In Training (MIT) Each Camp Week

12 + Year Olds:  Students learn the importance of Mentorship. They are trained and develop leadership skills that will last a lifetime. Training date: Saturday, May 18th 10-3pm.

16 + Years Old: Must have been a MIT for at least one year. Mentors take on more of a leadership role, learning how to build on ones own strengths while supporting growth in others. This is a stipend position. 

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Full Day: 8:30 am-3:00 pm. Sliding scale $225-$300/week.

Half Day: 8:30 am-11:30 am. Sliding scale $120-$150/week.

Mentor In Training: Full Day: $100/week; Half Day: $50/week.

Scholarships: We will give out scholarships until our funding runs out. Please submit a copy of your SNAP benefits card to apply. If you do not receive SNAP benefits, please submit a letter describing why you are requesting a scholarship. Families who receive a scholarship will be asked to pay $50/week for full day camp, $25/week for half day camp (receiving $175 in aid for full day, and $100 for half day).

After and before care is available upon request.

A Note About Tuition:
We aim to provide quality programming to anyone who would like to attend our camps. There are a few ways that we offer reduced tuition and scholarships. One way is through the sliding scale approach: families choose a cost that they feel is appropriate based on the resources available to them. Families that pay at the highest end make it possible for other families to pay on the lowest end. Another method that allows more children to access our programs is through fundraising. This year we hope to crowdsource $1,000 to enable approximately 6 children to attend camp on scholarship. This money will be dedicated to families who qualify for and receive SNAP benefits. We recognize that this system is not perfect. However, we feel that it is the most fair we could come up with.
**Paypal option-see below
***Refer a Friend Discount: If you get a friend to sign up, get $20 off camp and a free t-shirt!

To register, click here: Camp Application 

To apply to be a Mentor In Training, click here: MIT Application 


Farm and Forest School Year 2019-2020:

The Vermont Farm and Forest School follows the flow of the seasons. We begin in the fall, when students harvest, process, and prepare food using simple tools and techniques. Moving through the seasons students will learn the basics of primitive skills:  how to build and sustain a fire, how to make a shelter, how to use a knife, and how to navigate. With the spring, we welcome new life through planting. These experiences will empower students to be self motivated, resilient, and independent thinkers. Opportunities for leadership and collaboration are interwoven throughout the program.

** Please contact us if you are interested in mid-year enrollment.**

Ages: PK-6th grade (4-12 year olds)

7th/8th graders can apply to be Mentors-In-Training.

Time Frame:

2019 dates–Fridays: September 6 – December 13  (except Nov. 22) and January 10 – February 14th March 20th – May 29  (except April 17). 30 sessions total

8:30-3 pm. (after/before care available upon request)

Price: sliding scale $1,500-$1,650

Field School Application 2019

Contact us at: vtfarmandforestschool@gmail.com

Vermont Farm and Forest School Educators

  Misse Axelrod, Farmer/Owner and School Founder: Misse is a farm and food educator with 20 years of experience in sustainable agriculture and educating wondrous minds. Misse values community growth both in the natural and human world. Digging in the dirt, building strong relationships and growing strong minds is the utmost enjoyment for Misse. When not on the farm you can find Misse with her family hiking, biking, traveling, swimming and dreaming of more resilient communities and minds. Misse has a B.A. in Sustainable Agriculture through Community Food Systems from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. 

  Lisa Frost, School Co-Founder/Educator: As a child Lisa played in the woods often, imagining that she was lost and needed to survive until she could find civilization. In Lisa’s interactive play she built shelters to survive the night, made fires to cook whatever rations she had, hunted animals, and found water. Today, Lisa aspires to lead a self-sufficient lifestyle, akin in some respect to her childhood games. As an educator Lisa seeks to guide children on their own path of curiosity and investigation. She has a BA in Environmental Science from Willamette University and a Masters of Education from Antioch University in Keene, NH.

Jaime Cipperly Cotton, Educator: Jaime is an outdoor and environmental educator whose passion for kids and for the environment is woven into the fabric of her teaching style. She creates the space for kids to discover how the world around them works and is interconnected.  Jaime is endlessly moved by the beauty of the natural world and its inner workings and is inspired to share that joy with others.  Jaime loves spending time with her family skiing, biking, swimming, hiking, gardening, and playing outside.

Jaime has a B.A. from UNH, Durham, in Environmental Conservation and has an M.S. from Antioch University, Keene, NH, in Environmental Studies.  Jaime is Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is kellyhalle.jpg Kelly Guardino, Farm Hand and Farm to School Enthusiast: Since a young girl Kelly always enjoyed two things: being outdoors & being around/working with young children. She grew up in the Mad River Valley where the local food movement has been at Vermont’s forefront. Kelly supports the Farm to School program conducting taste tests, teaching My Plate Nutrition classes and growing school gardens. During the summer you can find Kelly covered in dirt in fields at the farm.

When not on the farm or in the classroom,  Kelly loves camping with her family, swimming or working in her own gardens.


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