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Help Us Build our Educational Farm Campground

Help Us Build our Educational Farm Campground

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$6,697.00 Of $26,916.00 Goal
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  • Started December 20, 2018

    Created by Willow Summer

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    Berkeley Rose Waldorf School

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Help Us Build our Educational Farm Campground
Help Us Build our Educational Farm Campground

For the last two years, the new Biodynamic Farm in Bodega has been a wonderful place for students from Berkeley Rose Waldorf School and other schools to come for educational visits to a working farm.

The children have learned to pitch tents and cook their own camp meals. They have done animal chores and milked the goats. They have created new garden beds and planted and harvested crops. They have built a tent cabin, cobb oven and children's playhouse.They have gazed at stars, gone on hikes in the magical forests around the farm, and played games in our meadows. They have visited the sheep and carded wool at our neighboring ranch, Bodega Pastures; gone kayaking in Bodega Bay; and collected seaweed at the beach for our compost piles. And perhaps most importantly, they have sung songs and roasted marshmallows around our campfire!

As we develop our farm into a fully-fledged vegetable, dairy (& someday) fruit operation, serving community members in the East Bay and San Francisco, the land on which the children have pitched their tents must now be cultivated. Currently the cover crops we seeded in the main farm field, where the students have previously pitched their tents, are growing beautifully, and by the early spring, will be waist high! This is in preparation for growing crops on a larger scale this Spring!

We are coming to you, our community, to help fund the construction of a new, permanent campground that will serve students, families and groups into the future.

We have selected a truly AMAZING spot for the new campground--it is close to the core of the farm, yet has a very secluded feel with stunning views--you are going to love it! When not occupied by school groups, our new campground will be available to families, friends, volunteers, and other groups at affordable rates, making this beautiful land accessible to more of our community members on a regular basis.

We, the farm team, and the students of our upcoming school groups, will provide the labor to build our new campground. We ask you, our community, to help us purchase the necessary building supplies to make this wonderful new space possible, and we hope you will also enjoy it in years to come by camping here with your family!

The new campground will have:

  • A fully equipped outdoor kitchen with potable water, propane stove and refrigerator
  • Shaded picnic tables for meals
  • Safe fire-pit and seating circle to accommodate large groups
  • Group and secluded walk-in tent spaces
  • Tent platforms (limited number)
  • Composting toilets
  • Direct walk-in access from the parking area with a new culvert bridge across the creek (rolling cart accessible for bringing gear)
  • Safe pathways with solar lighting
  • Self-check-in kiosk
  • Campground staff tent-cabin housing

Our next school-group will be visiting the farm in February, and we are hoping to have the basic infrastructure (tent sites, picnic tables, etc.) completed for that visit, with the remainder of the work being completed this Spring. We ask you to please contribute to our campaign as generously as you can, and make this wonderful and welcoming space a reality for the students and families this season! If everyone this reaches gives, we will be there in no time!

We are so very grateful for your donation! With gratitude, we are offering free camping for the following donation levels:

  • $1,500 and above: 5 night exclusive large group use of the facility
  • $1,000 to $1,499: 3 night exclusive large group use of the facility
  • $500 to $999: 2 night exclusive large group use of the facility
  • $250 to $499: 4 night reservation for up to 3 families
  • $150 to $249: 2 night reservation for up to 3 families
  • $100 to $149: 3 night reservation for one family
  • $50 to $100: 2 night reservation for one family (reservations, first come, first served)
  • Please also let us know if you would like a bench or tent platform dedicated in your or a loved-one's name

We thank you for your donation and participation in the journey of the farm--a true community effort if ever there was one!

With Warmth for the Holiday Season,

Willow & The Farm Team


CAMPGROUND CONSTRUCTION BUDGET
TO PROVIDE HOUSING FOR EDUCATIONAL GROUP FARM VISITS, FARM VOLUNTEERS & FARM VISITORS
AMOUNT
Potable water supply $395
Creek bridge & path to parking area $1,426
Campground pathways & solar pathway lighting $2,030
Campground self check-in kiosk $700
Campfire pit and seating circle $780
Shaded picnic tables $2,555
Outdoor Kitchen $6,700
Composting toilet facility $1,700
Camping Tent platforms $1,350
Tent Cabin for campground staff person $8,000
Labor (most labor will be provided by the farm team) $1,280
GRAND TOTAL CAMPGROUND CONSTRUCTION: $26,916


  • Willow Summer

    said 8 months ago

    To everyone who has donated...THANK YOU! It's so exciting to feel the support of our community for this community farm!!! Onward we go.... --Willow