Summer Farm Camp in Monterey County

This summer, Project HOPE Art’s Melissa Schilling will lead two weeks of day camp at Monkeyflower Ranch home of Garden Variety Cheese Dairy. Children ages 8+ are welcome to sign up for a fantastical adventure featuring a bevy of activities related to food, nature, farming and art.

Art Farm Camp

Cost is $265
(Two Scholarships per week are available – More info below)

All children should arrive promptly at 11am with comfortable shoes, clothes that can get messy and a sack lunch.
Snacks and Drinks will be provided by the farm during camp hours. 

Sample Schedule:
11am-11:30am: Scientific Sketch Journal Warm-Up (Put on your Scientist Hat and learn to sketch nature like a real Scientist)
11:30-12pm: Nature Hike to observe farm animals and the garden
12-12:30 Lunch on the Farm Patio with homemade lemonade
12:30-1:30 Papier Mache Sheep Sculptures
1:30-2 Free Play
2-3pm: Bread Baking in the Pizza Oven

Summer Camp Flyer

Interested in securing a spot for your child?
Wonderful! Mosey on over to Garden Variety Cheese for more information about the $150 non-refundable deposit and have any additional questions you may have answered!

Scholarships! Scholarships! Scholarships!
Two spots are reserved for low-income campers per session. Low-Income spots cost just $50 for Art & Farm Camp. Simply write a short essay explaining why you would like to attend Art & Farm Camp. Bonus Points if you can amaze us with fun facts about sheep and lambs. Extra Special Bonus Points if you include an illustration of a sheep or a lamb.
Mail your essay to (deadline June 15th):
Miss Mimi
Art & Farm Camp
1480 San Miguel Road
Watsonville, CA 95076

Flying Hands Mural: Art is the Universal Language



When you work with kids, to give them a voice in an environment that is particularly harsh, crushing and potentially foreshadowing of hardship to come. It is important, in my opinion, to foster flying when possible. To rise above the hurdles and let them not hinder dreams and goals.


Our resident art teacher, Jenni Ward, brought down a large oiled drop cloth and paints. Teachers and Students alike decorated it with hand prints. Then the HOPE Art team doodled all kinds of things onto the mural, to inspire flying.

Our HOPE Art team doodled all kinds of things onto the mural, to inspire flying.


Flying pigs
you name it, we doodled it.


We'll be hosting an art show this Summer to show off our mural. The finished product is beautiful, but the process to achieve it is even more so.