Homeschooling days at Hemstreet Farm last about 6 hours. We begin with begin with basic instruction on llama husbandry and modern use of llamas for hiking companions, packing, and transport of materials. This session includes both educational materials and one-on-one learning through touching and interaction with living animals. After the students learn how to interact with llamas and handle them using basic commands they take a long walk along the farm trails. Along the trail we can have a campfire where they can cook a meal or eat a pack-in lunch. The participants will provide their own food and drink, but llamas will carry the provisions along the trail.
When they return to the barn the students begin an afternoon session which focuses on instruction and demonstration with llama fiber. They learn about various aspects of llama fiber including: types, properties, quality, production, preparation, and creation of final products. The students will have a hands-on practice with llama fiber including spinning and felting.
The current charge for a homeschooling day at Hemstreet Farm is $300. We limit the number of children (students) in a session to 12 and a child must be at least 8 years old to lead a llama on the trail. Parents and younger children can accompany the students in the barn activities and along the trails, but they will not participate in hands-on the hands-on activities such as leading a llama and spinning the fiber. They will have the opportunity to make a project of their own to take home.