What are people saying about Longacre?
With wide eyes, I have watched this year as my thirteen-year-old daughter, Olivia, has transformed physically, intellectually and emotionally from a girl into a young woman. I have no doubt that this tremendous growth is in no small part due to the time she spent at Longacre last summer. I was thrilled to have found such a unique and special place where Liv is learning resilience and grit, teamwork, communication, how to be a good friend, and what her place in the community around her could and should be. I can think of no better way for Olivia to spend her summers. When she looks back in time as an adult, I know her years at Longacre are a gift she will forever value and cherish. We are thrilled to be a part of the Longacre family and look forward to many more summers in Newport!
- Camper Mom
Why Longacre and not an investment bank?
I was never a fan of traditional summer camp, but Longacre was a completely different experience. The focus on building community and pushing yourself have served me just as well in life as they did on the farm. While my peers were getting summer internships at investment banks and consulting firms the summer after junior year of college, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to go back to Longacre as a “big kid” as soon as I turned twenty-one. There’s no question in my mind that I’m a more open, relaxed and self-aware person because of my time at at the farm. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to be able to say you know how to drive a tractor, bale hay and cook for 90 people!
- Former Camper and Staff
This long one is worth reading. I promise.
I first came to Longacre Farm as a 13-year-old girl growing up in Washington, DC surrounded by lawyers, politicians, and lots of cement sidewalks. I craved a summer of animals, farm work, and learning to drive a tractor and to bale hay. A few life-altering weeks later, I came home transformed into a kid with a hard-charging work ethic, a 360-degree sense of community responsibility, and new skills for expressing my feelings. My mother was most impressed that I came home knowing how to — and wanting to — wash all the dinner dishes for my family, including the pots and pans.
After that first summer, in some sense I never really left Longacre Farm. I returned to the farm for three additional, transformational summers, and more weekend visits, weddings and reunions than I can count. It’s been over 35 years since then. I’ve lived in Madrid, gone to Harvard and Wharton, survived an early divorce, become a mom to three amazing children, and realized my lifelong dream of becoming a writer. Along the way, the farm has been my second home.
I’ve taken the Farm values — hard work, taking responsibility for every glass I dirtied and every tomato I ate, being candid with myself and others — everywhere I’ve gone.
It’s been especially meaningful to watch my teenaged daughter grow up during her summers at the farm. She left our home that first July as a somewhat cautious, reserved, headstrong child. She came back to us with a striking way with words, along with renewed self-confidence and leadership skills. Plus she washed all the dishes, including the pots and pans, after dinner every night!
Now in our discussions about friendships, life’s frustrations, world politics, my daughter often looks at me and says, ‘Mom, that person could really use a summer at Longacre Farm.' I couldn’t agree more.
- Former Camper & Current Camper Mom
Tractor-Driving Skills As a Conversation Starter
My summers at Longacre were some of the best ones of my youth. Not only was it incredibly fun living with 71 other kids for 4 weeks, but I also gained insight into myself and interpersonal skills that have been really helpful in college, business school, and my career. Longacre set me up for success by making me comfortable with self-reflection and accepting feedback. Nobody in the corporate world believes me when I first tell them I spent 3 summers working on a farm, but bragging about my superior tractor-driving skills has proven to be a great conversation starter!