A. A FARM IN THE CITY?
Yes. Oakleaf Mennonite Farm is just down Bouldercrest Drive in East Atlanta. We have nine acres with barns and sheds and woods to play in and on with goats and sheep and chickens and a few acres of crops too. Kids should know where their food comes from and our camps will teach them not only where but also how to do it themselves.
Children will work side-by-side with farmers planting & harvesting, taking care of animals, and enjoying work of the farm. They will also enjoy games, songs, crafts, drama and service projects that affirm their spirits and stimulate their compassion. Local chefs will teach cooking lessons.
B. PEACE TRAINING FOR KIDS?
Sure thing! We all need it. And no politics here. Think win-win games, conflict transformation, and teamwork strategies. Campers will also be taught skills to deal with their problems in a peaceful manner and encouraged to come up with their own creative solutions to the problems they see at camp, at home, at school, and in the world.
We use the award-winning "Peace Train" curriculum developed by Little Friends for Peace to show kids how each step in conflict can be a chance to turn things to a different end. Local peace activists will share a story or two with the children as well.
C. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!
Oakleaf Mennonite Farm is an urban farm located on the campus of Berea Mennonite Church in East Atlanta. We are a working farm on a church campus, but our programs are not specific to any one religion. Berea Mennonite Church respects that children of all walks in life have an interest in knowing the goodness and bounty of living and caring for our earth. As such, all are welcomed and included. We look forward to the ways our differences open up the truths of the world to each other.