The Many Forks Farm Summer Program is a program for North Adams Youth:

  • 22 fifth and sixth graders for four weeks; twenty-two seventh, eighth and ninth graders for two weeks
  • Hands-on, experiential learning on the farm in: horticulture/environmental education, construction/engineering, health & wellness, and animal science.
  • Strengthening academic skills in research, writing, oral communication and practical application of math and science content.
  • Strengthening social emotional aptitude and communicating in healthy, kind, and respectful ways with each other.
  • Service learning opportunities include helping with the weekly harvest for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) member pick up, building projects, and assisting in the daily parts of running a working farm.

Typical daily schedule:

Morning Circle
Daily Chores
Deeper learning & skill building in horticulture, construction, animal science & health and wellness
Choice – art, writing, hikes, foraging, special projects
Team building/leadership games
Closing Circle

Trust is the foundation of the relationships in this program, and the leaders hold youth to high expectations. A sense of belonging helps catalyze youth’s curiosity, and the group of adults and students create a supportive site culture, a sense of belonging, and a tight-knit community for learning.

Students finish the program with: greater self-confidence, new, healthy friendships, and deeper engagement in learning. Our greatest goal is that their growth during the program leads to strong attendance during the school year, continued engagement and curiosity in their learning, and participation in leadership opportunities.

North Adams public schools have partnered with Greenagers & our Many Forks Farm team and believe in our innovative approach and engagement with families/caregivers as we build this program into the summer offerings for North Adams youth. All families/caregivers send their youth to the program at no cost. Together we are weaving this program into the fabric of the North Adams community. The investment of time and care in these young people will have immeasurable benefits for them, their families and the city of North Adams.

Questions? Please contact Sue Wells at [email protected]. To make a gift online, please go to the donate page and select Summer Program at Many Forks Farm. Checks can be made out to Greenagers and sent to P.O. Box 157, South Egremont, MA 01258. Please indicate Many Forks Farm on the memo line of the check.