Heritage Creek Farm Camp                          November 2013
A season for giving thanks and a 
time for saying thanks for giving!

Thanksgiving Verse
The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go. 
The harvest is all gathered in,
And chilly north winds blow. 
The gardens have shared their treasures,
The fields their yellow grain, 
So open wide the doorway,
Thanksgiving comes again! 

We have much to be thankful for this year. The harvest season was bountiful.  We worked hard on the facility and the fruits of our labors are evident all around.  We welcomed new animals to camp this season and it has been wonderful to see the children interact with our animal friends, new and old.  But most importantly we feel blessed to have the opportunity to share our talents and farm with you and your children. 

Over the last two years we have had the privilege to get to know many new friends.....people who share in our mission of respecting and caring the environment and for all living things, parents who value the importance of outdoor childhood play and children who love to explore, experience and discover new things! 

We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all the people in our farm community (too many to be mentioned by name) who have donated their time, and given support and encouragement 
throughout the year. 
Giving is a renewable resource and has a rippling effect that can be far-reaching and long-lasting.  It is through working hand-in-hand on the land that we can learn and grow!
With appreciation for a great year!
The HCFC Team


Thanks to Mark Achtermann (dad of Jr. Counselor Willow) for donating his time and talents to create our first camp map.  We look forward to sharing it with our camp families in 2014. 

Chicken Coop Repair
Kudos to Steve Haldeman (friend of counselor Suzy Hamme) for donating his time to repair our coop roof.  Our chickens and ducks will now be warm and dry for the winter.  The coop has been lovingly named the PATCHWORK COOP!

The Mouse's Nook
Work is underway to transform a garage space at the log house into a new woodworking/crafting area.  Thanks to Mr. Ed (Cindi's husband) and his willingness to lend a hand to help design this space. The new work benches look great! 

Squirrel Nutkin's  Library
Miss Suzy has been busy as a squirrel gathering nuts for the winter except she has been gathering books!  She is organizing our children's books, nature guides and educator's resources in our newly created library area by the girl's bathhouse.  This quiet space will be a nice addition to our camp facility and the organization of our resources will help us work smarter! 

HCFC will be featured in a Millersville University student research website called PROJECT GREEN LANCASTER.  College student Kailynn Ott visited the farm on November 1st to interview members of our staff for a multi-media presentation that she is creating as part of a communications project.  When completed the video featuring our farm camp as well as other local resources/businesses that promote sustainability in the South Central PA area can be viewed at  Thank you Millersville University professor and Susquehanna Sustainable Business Network (SSBN) volunteer Stacey Irwin for helping us form this bridge of connection between the farm and our local community.  HCFC became a member of the SSBN this summer.  More information about the SSBN can be found at:

DEC. 2ND 8 AM - 4 PM

Join us as we experience the farm in late fall and learn how nature and its critters prepare for the upcoming winter weather!  We will be adorning our pine trees with garlands of food for our outdoor friends.  Our word of the day will be thankfulness for we are grateful for the bounty of our harvest.  As we look globally, we will learn how people across the world celebrate with festivals of lights during this time of year.  We will be working creatively to make a natural craft that can be given as a gift this holiday season.  This camp is geared for children ages 5-12.  Cost is $40.00 and includes a seasonal, hearty snack.  Online registration can be found at:

We are delighted to announce that Danni Reimer will be our part-time Garden Coordinator for the next growing season!  She has many years of experience in various farming capacities and is also employed at Goldfinch CSA in York.  She will be on the farm two days a week coordinating our farm's food production and working with our staff to provide gardening experiences for our campers. 

Terri Bridgwater is now assisting Miss Cindi in the areas of marketing, administration, and food prep.  She will also be working with our curriculum team to design field trip programs that meet state educational standards.  Her marketing expertise and past experience as communications manager at Whitaker Center for Science and Arts in Harrisburg and director of a regional environmental education initiative at Pine Jog Environmental Center in south Florida will assist us as we continue to grow our program outreach. Her joy for food preparation has been cultivated over the past two years while cooking with her church group once a month to help feed the needy.   

Dale Burns started working on the farm this fall to help socialize our farm animals and devise innovative ways to use the  "working power" of our farm animals to serve the maintenance needs of our facility.  We now have several "day pastures" for our pigs and goats and our next task is to provide an area for the donkeys to graze as well.  Not only will this help us maintain our woods and pasture areas but it allows the opportunities for the animals to graze in a more natural habitat while reducing our costs for feed purchased from outside sources.  Dale has experience in both food production and animal caretaking.  His expertise in pasture management and animal husbandry is much appreciated!  

Time is running out to participate in our 2nd birthday contest!  Write up a testimonial about your child's experience at HCFC this summer and upon email submission be entered into our drawing to win: 
$40.00 gift certificate to be used toward a 2014 summer camp session
HCFC tee-shirt and bumper sticker
HCFC hat
By submitting a written testimonial you give HCFC permission to use your entry for marketing and/or promotional purposes.  Please state whether you would like your name kept anonymous or whether we can use your first name and name of your city/town.  Your chance of winning depends on the number of entries.  You may only enter once.  The deadline for submission is November 30, 2013.  Please email your testimonials to:  The winning entries will be chosen on December 2nd at our next Farm Camp day. 

Neighbor's turkeys visited the farm last week!

Candle Verse
A candle is but a simple thing. 
It starts with just a bit of string but dipped or rolled with patient hand. 
It gathers wax upon the strand. 
Until complete and snowy white,
it gives at last a lovely light. 

Life seems like that bit of string. 
Each deed we do a simple thing.
Yet day by day on life's strand,
we work with patient heart and hand.
It gathers joy, makes dark days bright,
and gives at last a lovely light! 


Farm Camp throughout the Seasons – Ages 5-12      

8 AM – 4 PM Cost:  $40/day includes a hearty, seasonal snack

These one-day sessions are a great way to introduce your child to HCFC farm camp or an opportunity for your child to spend their days off of school on the farm experiencing the autumn, winter and spring seasons!  Weather permitting; we will be playing outside throughout the day.  During the winter months our inside space will be in the white camp house or log house, depending on our number of campers and our activities.  All the things you love about summer farm camp – games, nature, music, art, work and play, hands and heart will be an integral part of FARM CAMP THROUGHOUT THE SEASONS camp days!  Packing list and additional information will be sent to you after we receive your registration. 
Here are 5 reasons to experience the seasons at the farm! 
1). Monday, December 2, (Monday after Thanksgiving) Green Monday Farm Camp 
Instead of participating in Black Friday….come join us for GREEN Monday!  See full description above. 

2). Monday, January 20 (Martin Luther King Day) Sow the Seeds of Peace Camp 
As part of our outreach efforts to “sow the seeds of peace” we will be doing a small COMMUNITY SERVICE project and enjoying some outdoor winter play!   The cold weather may keep us inside more during this winter farm camp session, but we will be kept warm at heart through helping others!   Our community service project will benefit SAMARA, the center for individual and family growth, based in Elizabethtown, PA. Their mission is to heal families through nurture, education and self discovery through a multigenerational approach. 

3). Monday, February 17th (President's Day) Good Leader Farm Camp 
Through work and play, we will ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER to be good friends, good LEADERS and good listeners. Animal chores, baking, stories, games, outside winter play and winter crafting activities will round out our day of play on the farm! 

4). Friday, March 14th (In-Service Day)  Awaken Spring Farm Camp 
To quote the book The Story of the Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers “Wake up, children, Time to get up now.  Spring is coming and there’s work to be done.”  Join us for farm camp as we COME TO LIFE after the winter months and AWAKEN the garden for the arrival of SPRING!   Animal chores, garden/greenhouse work and spring crafting will be part of our work and play this early spring day!  Spend this day “in-service” to the outdoor world! 

5). Monday, April 21st (Spring Break) Earth Day Farm Camp 
Fill your break with SPRING!  Come for a day on the farm as we celebrate EARTH DAY filled with “GREEN” EARTH-FRIENDLY activities and lots of outside play.  With the arrival of warmer weather comes spring planting and lots of garden work!  Join us to find out why it is so much fun to be a HCFC farm geek!   
Online Registration for Farm Camp thru the Seasons

Stay tuned...we will be announcing the dates for our 2014 summer camp program in mid- February! Please sign up early as our camps fill up quickly.  We will also be updating our website before next camp season!   

Autumn winds came stealing through the woods one day, and creeping round the tree, he stole their beauty all away.  He tore their russet dresses, combed off their golden hair. He blew away the tattered bits, and left them brown and bare. 

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words and that life is about the journey not the destination.  Please take a moment to watch the video celebrating our 2nd birthday to see what lessons we have learned on our journey together this year!  Wait takes a few minutes to load.

Suzy's Shelf - Recommended Seasonal Reading Books
The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Night Tree by Eve Bunting
Trees of the Dancing Goats by Patricia Polacco
Uncle Vova's Tree by Patricia Polacco
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