Interested in signing your child up for farm classes for kids, but need a little bit more information first? You’re in the right place.
About the teacher
Hi! I’m Colleen, and I’m so happy that you’re here. I’m a previous child/adolescent therapist turned regenerative farmer and modern homesteading blogger. We currently raise Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats, chickens, ducks, and Great Pyrenees on our small organic family farm. I’m the teacher behind farm classes for kids.
I left the therapy world behind to focus on raising our two little ones while continuing to expand our modern homestead. With a love for sustainable living, regenerative farming, and working with children, the dream of offering Farm Classes for kids became a reality. I currently teach three sections of classes based on age: Mini’s (2-4 year olds – one parent/guardian is required), Little’s (5-7 year olds), and Big Kids (8-11ish year olds.) I also offer private classes for group and/or family classes with a minimum of 6 people enrolled.
Class curriculum is developmentally appropriate while also introducing kids to regenerative farming. Our goal is to make kids EXCITED about learning where the food comes from! During farm classes, kids are exposed to gardening, harvesting vegetables, collecting farm-fresh eggs from the coop, and feeding animals. Picking up chickens is encouraged 😉 Class sizes are small and each child is provided with individual materials to reduce COVID-19 risks.
Frenchie Farm LLC follows the current COVID-19 guidelines mandated in Illinois. We pride ourselves in going above and beyond to promote the health and safety of all during classes.
In an effort to promote the health and safety of all students and families, Frenchie Farm will require all students (and parent/guardian attending class, if applicable) to receive a temperature check via an infrared thermometer supplied by Frenchie FarM upon arrival to the farm. Temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit and above will be asked to leave the farm immediately. Children and parents (if attending) are required to bring a mask. Frenchie Farm will provide each child with a lanyard to wear the mask on. During times when social distancing of 6 ft is not feasible, students and parents will be required to wear a mask.
Frenchie Farm LLC has a zero tolerance policy in regards to attending class while sick. If the child and/or parent/guardian displays ANY cold/flu-like symptoms, you will be asked to the leave farm immediately. In the case that your child or anyone in your immediate household displays any potential COVID-19 symptoms, then you are not allowed to attend class. If your child has been in immediate contact with anyone who has recently been tested for COVID-19, then you must either quarantine for 2 weeks or provide a negative COVID-19 test result.
Frenchie Farm will not hesitate to send students/parents home if these guidelines are not followed.If your child or anyone within your household tests positive for COVID-19, then you are required to notify Frenchie Farm immediately.
Why Frenchie Farm?
I frequently get asked the question, “Why is your farm named Frenchie Farm?” Well, Frenchie Farm began well before my husband and I got married when we decided to get our two french bulldogs, Henry and Marvin. Common with the breed, both of our pups struggled with extreme allergies, frequent infections, and over antibiotic usage.
After Henry was diagnosed with a Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Pseudintermedius (MRSP) that would not clear and the aggressive antibiotic treatment that almost killed him, we took the health of our dogs into our hands with holistic measures. Our sweet pup is now happy and healthy, and neither of our dogs have been prescribed antibiotics in years.
Hence, Frenchie Farm was born! Ironically, Henry is allergic to grass and will break out in hives all over his belly if he rolls around too much, so you won’t see our frenchies on the farm very often. Don’t worry, they’re happily snoozing on the couch.