22525 Wildcat Rd, Germantown, MD 20876

Gritty Explorers is an Outdoor
Farm to Forest Program

A drop off, play-based, outdoor program intended to expose children to all of the joys and happenings of farm life and seasonal nature elements. Days are lightly structured to incorporate play and learning, while providing the opportunity to get little hands dirty in community. 

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Meet the

Kristin, owner of Love & Grit Farm, while she’s a farmer, she’s also a mom to 3 children who love exploring their backyard. You can find Kristin out in her garden, feeding chickens, goats, pigs, and connecting with other local farmers– she could talk about farm life all day. 

meet the creators

Love & Grit Farm and Table Talk with Carmen in collaboration have developed an outdoor farm to forest program to enrich the children in our community. We are passionate about providing a place for kids to learn naturally outdoors.  

Carmen, owner of Table Talk with Carmen, is a Speech Language Pathologist, Nutritionist and a mom to 2 girls. Her passions are eating locally, encouraging families to have dinner together, and teaching Cooking Classes locally. You can find Carmen creating new recipes in her kitchen often using veggies from Farmer Kristin– she could talk about food all day.  

a 12 week drop off farm to forest program designed for kids ages 4-7

Love & Grit Farm and Table Talk with Carmen in collaboration have developed an outdoor farm to forest program to enrich the children in our community. Our Fall farm to forest programs are designed to expose children to the joys of the outdoors in all seasons, with its setting based on a small, regenerative farm. Children will experience a play-based program where days are lightly structured to incorporate learning and exploration while providing safe and engaging activities to get little hands dirty, in community with their peers. 

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4-7 year olds

Tuesdays and Thursday mornings OR Tuesday / Thursday One-Day Option
Time: 9am – 1pm
Dates: February 27th - May 23rd (off for Spring Break week of March 25th)
Location: Love & Grit Farm 22525 Wildcat Rd. Germantown, MD
Ages: 4-7 year olds
Price: $1,465 (Tuesday AND Thursday) or $775 (One Day: Tuesday OR Thursday only)
Payments: $100 non-refundable deposit upon registration, and three payments of $455 both days or $210 one day option (March, April, May invoiced)
Our mission with The STARLINGS Gritty Explorers is to:
  • Build community with children
  • Foster social and language skills
  • Provide opportunities to develop motor skills through hands on activities
  • Encourage observation and exposure to seasonal local flora & fauna, weather happenings, and farm activities
  • Gain comfort in the outdoors, safely

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even kids think we're a big dill

We love visiting the farm, exploring and teaching our kids where our food grows.

Carmen M.

Having a space that my kids can learn independence while fostering an appreciation for farm life has been such a gift to our lives

Janelle K.