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Family Farming Time

Time and time again, we've seen children gaining so much from their engagement with the farm—a sense of belonging in the natural world, and a deep-rooted belief that they have something valuable to contribute to their community at any age. Family Farming Time, or FFT, is for families with young children. In this program, adults will join their children as we work together to take care of our bunnies, chickens, goats, and gardens. FFT will run from 9:30-10:30 on Sundays and Mondays. After 10:30 am, there is free play time, during which families are welcome to stick around, and engage with the animals and other families as they choose. ​(If you arrive to the Farm, and and cannot find the group, check the Greenhouse or the Barn!)


For the sake of clarity, we separated registrations by month. The buttons will take you to our registration website. For a visual representation of the dates, see our Events Calendar. Please register at least 24 hrs in advance of the program.





FFT is priced on a sliding scale. We have three tiers:

  • Support, $25/session -- this price covers our costs to deliver the program and it helps us to maintain the tiered pricing model to expand access to our community. Please consider paying the "support" price if you:

    • ... Are securely employed and live in a multi-income home​

    • ... Do not have significant loans or debt that inhibit your everyday spending

    • ... Would not require community support in the case of emergencies

  • Standard, $20/session -- this is the cost to deliver this programming. Please consider paying the "standard" price if you:

    • ... Are securely employed and/or live in a multi-income home​

    • ... Have an amount of savings that brings you relative financial security

    • ... Have access to community financial support in cases of emergency

  • Community, $10/session -- The "community" price is for those those who could not otherwise afford to attend FFT. For example, if you are...

    • ... Underemployed

    • ... Have limited or no access to community financial support in the case of emergency

    • ... Are disabled in any way that inhibits your ability to work

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • FFT is a work-oriented program. Please help us to set appropriate expectations for the kids, and to create a positive culture around being in service to plants and animals. We are firm believers in the idea that helping out can look many different ways. We will do our best to modify tasks to meet each participant’s abilities.

  • In a similar vein, please try to refrain from doing tasks for the kids. Instead, try working alongside them if at all.

  • When possible, slow things down. Being on the farm can be so exciting for kids, and can sometimes lead to dysregulation. By slowing things down, we are trying to ground the kids, and bring their attention to the task at hand.

  • Safety is number one. There is inherent risk associated with working on the farm. Then add small kids! We are a working farm with heavy machinery, tools, electric fences, animals, river ditches, etc. Our farmers will help, but the parents and guardians are responsible for monitoring the safety of their children.

  • We expect that kids will bring their whole selves to the farm, which means that behavioral issues may arise. Parents and guardians are responsible for managing their children’s behavior (e.g. tantrums, interpersonal conflicts, hurt feelings, etc).

  • We are a fully outdoor program. In order for your child to thrive in this environment, they will need appropriate clothing and gear (e.g. boots, hats, gloves, sunscreen, etc). Please check the weather before you head out to the farm. 

  • We encourage families to bring water and a snack.

  • We always recommend an end of day tick check.

  • At NVF, we are committed to creating safe, healthy, and rich experiences for your children. We ask that you support us and our community by keeping your child home if they test positive for COVID or if your child is showing symptoms of illness. If you have any questions about a specific illness-related scenario, please let us know.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

  • For each registration, there is a $5 non refundable deposit built into the cost.

  • If you cancel 14 days before the FFT day, we will provide a full refund minus the $5 non-refundable deposit.

  • If you cancel between 13 and 8 days before the FFT day, we will provide a 50% refund.

  • Within 7 days of the FFT day, we cannot offer a refund of payment, but we can offer some credit on a case by case basis.

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