The Grovestead

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Farm Camp

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Since moving to our farm seven years ago, we continue to see God reveal Himself through working the land. Farm Camp is my invitation to you to come and experience all that we are learning from our life in the country.

Below you can read the Daily Themes to give you a better idea of topics we will cover. There will be something for everyone… handmade crafts, baking, cooking, country walks, reading, talking, and animal care. Plus, my four little kids will be around, joining us from time to time. It really will be like you’re just joining in the family.

Basically, the week is intended for anyone interested (grades 8 through 12, ages 13-19) in experiencing the goodness of a week on a family farm. Welcome to the family!


Daily Themes

Day 1: The Sower and the Seed
This is a familiar parable, but when you apply it to a fruitful (and weedy) garden, it really comes to life. This day we will spend some time out in the garden and see that the evidence of good soil is in the harvest.

Day 2: The Good Shepherd
Sheep respond best to a gentle, patient and steadfast farmer. On this day we will learn more about the sheep and the goats and make soap together from our own goat’s milk.

Day 3: Creation Within
We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. I love the truth that we were created by a loving Creator to be creative ourselves. On this day we will spend time making and building and stitching, as well as learning all about chickens. (We hope to have baby chicks arrive the week you are here!)

Day 4: Preparing, Preserving and seeking Wisdom
On this day we will talk about our individual futures, while learning about preparing and preserving foods for the winter ahead. Planning for the future takes intentional consideration and work but it is always worth it… especially when you open a jar of fresh strawberry jam in the middle of February!

Day 5: Community, Hospitality and Friendship Keeping
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” This day we will focus on honeybees (you will not need to go near them!) and how they work together. And we will end our week with a beautiful outdoor lunch out in the field.

Dates, Location & Cost

Farm Camp will be held the last week of June, Monday the 24th through Friday the 28th at our farm in Northfield, MN. The cost is $285 per person (scholarships are available, please inquire).

Space is limited to 10 girls, having completed grades 8 through 12 (ages 13-19).


  1. I hope you open it to boys also.
    Boys need this as much.

    • Thanks for the feedback Brian. This is our first year and we are trying to go slow. Hopefully, if it goes well, we will open this up to more ages and boys too. Blessings!

      • Thank you for the nice reply Rory !
        I am very happy ro hear this also, and am very happy to see that you folks are mentoring our youth !! It is much needed for them to be taught good things by believing folks, true life skills that will help them flourish.
        And in todays world, so much over emphasis is upon girls everywhere, and oppurtunities for them, that the boys often are forgotten and excluded, as i see things.
        We need them all to learn and so i am very happy to hear this !
        May God bless your doings in all this, I pray.
        Thanks again.
        Brian Pratt

        • Agreeing. I have a son that would love this.

          • Thank you Heidi !
            Im glad you do. Its so true, we need ALL the boys and girls to learn together furthermore also, and not always just one or the other.
            Children need to learn together, boys and girls. So often in todays world people seperate them and i understand there may be some times its better, but we believe that for the most part boys and girls together is best.
            No preference or division, as the bible teaches us. But togetherness.
            This way they all learn the same things, at the same time, and learn how to grow up together male and female just as our Father made us to be. Its good.
            I do understand there are circumstances that can get in the way sometimes for this, but we always try our best to bring them all in whenever we can to learn. And there are times that kids need to be with thier own gender also, thatbis good too. I hope everyone understands what im trying to say here. I think boy scouts and girl scouts for example, its good to be just boys and girls seperatly, things of that nature. Ok, thank you all, praise be to God that we may all be of one mind, one accord, walking together in love and togetherness !

          • I agree that boys and girls need times of learning together and times to be apart:-) I have 3 girls and 3 boys. I love the heart of your mission. It is so beautiful! I pray God will use your mission in wonderful ways. It is good to start small then to see where God leds:-) Thank you for your response!

  2. You guys are amazing! This is a fantastic idea!

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