Farm Camp

Farming the City

Farm Camp, started in 1996 at our rural location, is moving to the city. We are excited to present an urban farm program in the heart of downtown South Bend. The same great farm activities, with more exciting options. Gear up for some great fun this summer while we begin a great adventure of farming the city.

Farm camp is a day camp program for children 4-14 years old. Children are hands on involved in the everyday activities of a working urban farm. Each day includes farm chores, agriculture lessons, harvesting, and cooking or nature projects. Nutrition and ecology are intrinsic parts of the experience.

Children come from all walks of life and many different surrounding communities to join our summer programs. We welcome all and provide scholarships when needed. Although the lesson plan is the same for each weekly summer session, we are working and learning in a naturally changing environment which makes every week a little different.

Our goal is always to follow the child’s excitement and wonder as we visit and learn about the special places on the farm. From the barnyard to the gardens to a very special secret place, it is a week of new and exciting discovery.

Come grow with us this summer.

Bertrand Farm
at Good Shepherd Montessori School

Meet Farm Director Theri Niemier

Theri Niemier has been teaching and farming in the local community for over twenty years. She founded Bertrand Farm in 1996 and has been farming and teaching ever since. She is a Sociology major, certified Permaculture Designer and a Master Canner. She is the recipient of numerous agriculture education project awards and grants. Her farming background and interest in environmental stewardship and health have lead to her specialty in curriculum development for classes and schools. Her most recent work involves partnering with Good Shepherd Montessori School, The Center for Social Concerns and the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University at South Bend to bring the farm to the city. Together we can create stronger local food systems for greater community resilience through education and accessibility. Come grow with us….


4 – 6 year olds:

7 -9 yr olds:

10 – 12 year olds:

Farm Adventure
Children will use their 5 senses to discover many special places on the urban farm including the barnyard, vegetable gardens, the orchard and secret garden.(children should be 4 before May 1 for this class)

Discovering Where Our Food Comes From
It’s a non-stop immersion into the nature of a working urban farm. Campers will work and harvest in all areas of the farm.

I Can Grow
Learn basic farming skills. Campers will work alongside interns in the field and with the livestock. Each day will include field work, harvesting and an interactive food preparation class. Class size is limited to 8. A great class for future Jr counselors.
M – TH, 9am -11:30
(11:30 -12 is optional show and tell time with guardians).
June 25 - July 30
(5 – 1 week sessions).
The cost is $100. per camper.
M-TH, 9am -12 noon,
June 25– July 30
(5 – 1 week sessions).
$110. per camper.
M - TH, 9am – 12 noon.
June 25 –July 30
(5- 1 week sessions).
$120. per week

NEW for 13 & 14 year olds

Building a Vertical Garden
Young teens will learn how to use manual saws and simple electric tools for construction projects.

This class will build three takeaway projects from recycled pallets. Finished projects will be gardener friendly and include a garden bench, boot/shoe hangers and a vertical garden box for backdoor herb gardening. No space is too small for a garden.

M - TH, 9am – 12 noon.
June 25 –July 30 (5- 1 week sessions).
$120 per week

*All camp guides are experienced teachers and are background checked.  A release of liability form will be required for participation.


Farm Camp Registration:

Contact Us

Bertrand Farm

3575 W. Bertrand Rd

Niles, MI  49120




Bertrand Farm at Good Shepherd Montessori School
1101 E Jefferson
South Bend, IN 46617

574 288-0098

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